Jazz School News, Thoughts and Events.

David Bloom Receives "Jazz Educator of the Year" 2017 Award from Jazz Institute of Chicago

Posted by David Bloom on Apr 10, 2017 7:00:00 AM

The Jazz Institute of Chicago, dedicated to promoting and nurturing jazz in Chicago, has recognized David Bloom with a Jazz Educator of the Year Award for 2017. Also recognized is Dr. Roosevelt Griffin III. 

Enjoy an evening of food, music and fun honoring these two educators on April 19, 2017 at The Standard Club. For more information about this event, click here.

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Congratulations to Spider Saloff: 2017 Bistro Award Recipient

Posted by David Bloom on Apr 3, 2017 5:46:00 PM

A New York cabaret artist who has made Chicago her home since 1994, Spider Saloff is being recognized for Ongoing Jazz Artistry. This 2017 Bistro Award, for her masterful musical technique and her ability to illuminate the meaning of every song, will be awarded March 13 in New York City.

To register for vocal classes with Spider Saloff at Bloom School of Jazz, please call 773-860-8300 or email davidbloom@bloomschoolofjazz.com

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Topics: Jazz Vocal

March 2017: Young Bloom Student Awarded Tim Alcock Guitar Scholarship

Posted by David Bloom on Mar 6, 2017 9:00:00 AM

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Topics: Awards, Scholarship, Youth, Guitar

February 2017: Bringing Music to Kids: Bloom Foundation 501(c)3 is Born

Posted by David Bloom on Feb 15, 2017 9:00:00 AM

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Topics: Youth, NFP, Bloom Foundation, Musical Taste Test, Culture

Improvisation for Classical Musicians Seminar

Posted by David Bloom on May 26, 2015 10:18:00 AM

Sunday, June 28th

You have already developed a significant relationship between you, your instrument and music. Through your playing you have paid homage to great composers and great music. You have meticulously rendered the instructions given to you on the written page. Now is the time to let your own melodic musings come out of your imagination. 

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Minor Blues Story Telling Contest For Teenagers

Posted by David Bloom on Oct 2, 2014 4:05:00 PM


Band Directors and Music Teachers,

We are excited to notify you of the first Minor Blues Story Telling Contest For Teenagers (13-19) sponsored by the Bloom School of Jazz.

 This contest is being given to promote improvised musical story telling awareness and accountability.

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Read This Now: The Ten Commandments of Jazz Soloing

Posted by David Bloom on May 14, 2014 3:37:00 PM


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Posted by David Bloom on Mar 7, 2014 6:43:00 PM

Check out our new MAGIC MUSIC MOMENTS

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Steve Rodby Joins Bloom School Faculty.

Posted by David Bloom on Oct 21, 2013 2:44:00 AM

We are very happy to announce that Steve Rodby, 13-time Grammy winner and Bloom alumnus, has joined our faculty. Steve is teaching bass (electric and upright) as well as music production and video editing.

Acoustic and electric bassist, editor and producer Steve Rodby was born in Joliet, Illinois. Steve began studying classical orchestral bass at age 10, and quickly developed an intense interest in jazz and pop music. A graduate of Northwestern University with a degree in classical bass performance, Steve studied with Warren Benfield (Chicago Symphony Orchestra), renowned jazz bassist Rufus Reid and jazz guru David Bloom. Steve has performed with numerous jazz greats, including Joe Henderson, Roy Haynes, Tony Bennett, Teddy Wilson, Milt Jackson, Art Farmer, Sonny Stitt, George Coleman, Ira Sullivan, Zoot Sims, Lee Konitz, Jackie McLean, Eddie Lockjaw Davis, Kenny Burrell, James Moody, Johnny Griffin and Monty Alexander.

In addition to being the bassist in the Pat Metheny Group for 3 decades, Steve has conducted orchestras, recorded with many other artists in both jazz and pop, and lately has spent much of his time producing and editing, both audio and video.

His work as a producer includes Oregon In Moscow (Oregon's recording with the Moscow Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra) which was nominated for four Grammy awards, six records by Eliane Elias - including Dreamer, Something For You, Bossa Nova Stories - and numerous non-PMG projects with Metheny, including the Jim Hall & Pat Metheny duo record, two Pat Metheny Trio records, the soundtrack for A Map Of The World and the Grammy winner One Quiet Night. He also did extensive production on two Michael Brecker recordings, Nearness Of You and the Grammy winner Pilgrimage. In all, Steve has won 13 Grammys.

Steve edited the video and audio for the Pat Metheny Group's DVDs Imaginary Day Live and The Way Up - Live, as well as other music videos, and several full length concert specials for broadcast on PBS and DVD release, including Anúna's Celtic Origins. Steve produced and edited both the audio and video for world famous classical marimba star Nancy Zeltman's latest productions, music by Messaien arranged for marimba and clarinet. 

More recently, Steve worked as a producer on legendary jazz bassist Charlie Haden's Rambling Boy, performed on tour with singer/songwriter Boz Scaggs, and did production work on Maria Schneider's Grammy winning Sky Blue, as well as Pat Metheny's  most recent recordings Orchestrion and Unity Band, and Grammy Award "Best New Artist" Esperanza Spalding's 2 back-to-back Grammy Award winning albums Concert Music Society and Radio Music Society.  

This last year Steve produced 3 albums: Bloom mentee Ryan Cohan's The River, Eliane Elias' I Thought About You, and Internationally Recognised Aliens by The Impossible Gentlemen, a band that Steve has been touring with.

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Topics: jazz courses, chicago jazz, jazz classes, bloom school of jazz

We are very happy to announce that Isabelle Oliver; harpist, composer and teacher has joined our faculty

Posted by David Bloom on Sep 19, 2013 1:13:00 PM

Isabelle has been a professional musician for more than 20 years, performing and recording with many great international musicians such as Peter Erskine, Norma Winstone, David Linx, Didier Lockwood, Louis Moutin, Eivind Opsvic in more than 20 countries.

She recorded 6 albums of her own compositions in France, in Germany and in the United States and a DVD. She composed music for theater, film scores, exhibitions, poetry, dance and puppet shows. She has been nominated for the French Victory of Jazz for "Year Revelation" and received an "Outstanding Musicianship"award from the Berklee School of Jazz in Boston.

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Topics: chicago jazz, david bloom, bloom school of jazz