Argue, Bynum, Eisenstadt And Halvorson Nominated For JJA Awards

May 5, 2009

We’re pleased to announce that four of our current clients are nominees for this year’s 2009 Jazz Journalists Association Awards.

Darcy James Argue:
Up & Coming Artist of the Year
Large Ensemble of the Year
Blog of the Year

Taylor Ho Bynum:
Trumpeter of the Year

Harris Eisenstadt:
Up & Coming Artist of the Year 

Mary Halvorson:
Up & Coming Artist of the Year 
Guitarist of the Year

Congratulations to all the nominees! 

The award ceremony will be June 16th at The Jazz Standard in New York.


Reminder: Firehouse 12 To Present The Jamie Baum Septet November 14th

November 10, 2008


Photo by Enid Farber

Photo by Enid Farber

On Friday, November 14th, New Haven’s Firehouse 12 will present New York flautist/composer Jamie Baum and her longstanding septet as part of the venue’s ongoing 2008 Fall Jazz Series.  This decade-old ensemble, featuring Shane Endsley (trumpet and flugelhorn), Doug Yates (alto saxophone and bass clarinet), Chris Komer (French horn), Aaron Goldberg (piano), Matt Penman (bass) and Jeff Hirshfield (drums), is on the road celebrating its most recent release, Solace (Sunnyside).  The disc, Ms. Baum’s fourth as a leader and second with this band, features ten of her original compositions, including a tribute to pianist Kenny Wheeler and a four-part commissioned suite inspired by composer Charles Ives.

“Embroidered with poignant melodies, elegant counter-lines, lush harmonies and shifting rhythms,” writes AllAboutJazz-New York reviewer Sean Patrick Fitzell, “Solace deftly melds formal elements of modern classical with broad improvisation.”  Critics have described the music as “both beautiful and poignant” (Ralph A. Miriello,, “endlessly imaginative and ingratiating” (Scott Albin, JazzTimes) and “a welcome take on that ongoing wrestling match between composition and improvisation” (John Ephland, DownBeat).  Time Out New York adds, “Her long-running ensemble negotiates intricate charts, including a Charles Ives–inspired suite commissioned by Chamber Music America, with exuberance and ease.”

Ms. Baum has spent the past two decades working in New York with a long list of noteworthy collaborators that includes John Abercrombie, Randy Brecker, Dave Douglas, Mick Goodrick, Fred Hersch, Paul Motian, George Russell and Kenny Werner.  She has also performed at major jazz clubs, festivals and conferences all around the world, including multiple tours as a U.S. Jazz Ambassador, and received commissions from organizations such as Doris Duke/Chamber Music America and Meet the Composer.  Critics have recognized her work as a jazz flautist with multiple nominations in both the annual DownBeat Critics Poll and the Jazz Journalist Association Awards, and her previous release, Moving Forward, Standing Still (OmniTone), was featured in best-of-the-year lists in numerous prominent publications.

2008 Fall Jazz Series Schedule:

09/19: Steve Lantner Trio
09/26: Conference Call  
10/03: Ned Rothenberg’s Sync
10/10: Shakers n’ Bakers   
10/17: Josh Roseman’s Execution Quintet
10/24: Bad Touch
10/31: Magic 
11/07: George Schuller’s Circle Wide
11/14: Jamie Baum Septet
11/21: Taylor Ho Bynum & SpiderMonkey Strings
12/05: The Flatlands Collective 
12/12: Donny McCaslin Trio

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