Together in the Woodshed #2 – Jane Ira Bloom

by elizabeth | January 26th, 2014

The second episode of my new podcast, “Together in the Woodshed,” featuring conversations with great artists about teaching and learning music, is now available! This episode’s guest is Jane Ira Bloom, an incredible composer and saxophone player, and a faculty member of the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music.

I’ve admired her playing for years, and it was wonderful to get a chance to hear her thoughts on how important nuance and detail are in her thinking and teaching.

Jane Ira Bloom - by Kelly Davidson

Here’s a particularly nice part of our chat:

Elizabeth: How do we set these students up to have that kind of deep, nuanced experience that allows for growth?

Jane: It’s working with students to help them understand that ambiguity – things that you don’t know the answers to, things that you’re uncertain about, things that could go all kinds of different ways, complexity of emotional feeling, things that aren’t black and white – those are things worth thinking about and pursuing in your musical journey. Ambiguity, in all kinds of ways, is something to embrace.

Get the full conversation as a podcast below! And please visit Jane’s website to learn more about all the amazing things she has going on, including a brand new album of ballads nominated for Grammy.


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elizabeth! is a vocalist, trombonist, and songwriter working in NYC and Los Angeles. Originally from Vermont, she studied neuroscience at Harvard before moving to NYC to play, tour, and record with jazz musicians, indie rockers, pop stars and more. Her new album of original jazzy pop tunes was just released on Canopy Jazz!

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