Jamie Baum's Short Stories

500 Park Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

(434) 249-6191

  • Presented By: The Charlottesville Jazz Society and WTJU
  • Dates: March 15, 2020
  • Location: First Presbyterian Church
  • Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
  • Price: $20 general admission, $15 paid supporters of the Charlottesville Jazz Society, $10 students, $25 at the door


On Sunday March 15th at 7 pm at First Presbyterian Church on Park Street, The Charlottesville Jazz Society and WTJU present flutist Jamie Baum and her group Short Stories

Composer/flutist and 2014 Guggenheim Award Fellow, Jamie Baum, known for her award-winning Septet+ (of twenty years) that features her global-influenced, long-form compositions, formed a second band Short Stories with an emphasis on improvisation to complement and expand her palette. Inspired by the short but eloquent compositions by such jazz icons as Wayne Shorter, Miles Davis and Thelonious Monk that were influential to her development as a composer and improviser, Baum strives in this setting to compose or arrange short pieces that set the tone for this instrumentation. Invoking the excitement and drive of the modern “jazz standard,” Short Stories features NYC’s most creative and first-call musicians.

With each short composition created to explore a particular vibe or concept, Short Stories features a core quartet with recurring guests creating a modular group and concept. For this special Charlottesville performance the band will be comprised of Jamie Baum- flutes,
Jason Palmer – trumpet, Andy Milne – piano, Joe Martin – bass, and Jeff Hirshfield – drums.

Short Stories has played for enthusiastic audiences at New York City’s Winter Jazzfest, Jazz Gallery, Kitano, Jazz Standard, Cornelia Street Cafe and St. Peter’s “Jazz on The Plaza,” as well as tours in the US and Canada at esteemed venues.

Looking to document the development and evolution of this music with these top-tier musicians, Baum plans to take this project into the studio in June. Their first recording’s concept, to be entitled “Short Stories of Struggles and Triumphs,” presents compositions that each pay tribute to an iconic figure who has faced adversity and prevailed. Whether infamous or lesser known, each subject has dealt with gender, race, health and/or political strife or discrimination, and affected the path forward for both themselves and others.

The New York Times says, “Ms. Baum brings a remarkable balance of fluidity and restless creativity to her work as a post-bop flutist and composer.”

Tickets to see Jamie Baum’s Short Stories on Sunday March 15th at First Presbyterian Church are available online at shortstories.brownpapertickets.com. The cost is $20 general admission, $15 for paid supporters of The Charlottesville Jazz Society, and $10 for students. All tickets will be $25 at the door. NOTE that Jamie Baum is offering a flute clinic at the church prior to the concert at 5:30 pm. Tickets that include both the concert and the clinic may be purchased at the above site for $25. Call (434) 249-6191 for more information on the concert and the clinic.
Be sure to listen for Jamie’s music on WTJU, 91.1 FM.