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Jazz flutist Jamie Baum performs at Side Door

Published November 14. 2013 4:00AM

Consider the flute as it pertains to jazz.

In an art form dominated by the likes of Charles Mingus, Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk and John Coltrane, the idea of the flute isn't exactly iconic - even if your name's Herbie Mann. On top of that, Will Ferrell's Ron Burgundy brilliantly skewered the idea of jazz flute in one of the funniest three-minute scenes in modern comic filmmaking.

Manhattan's Jamie Baum presumably doesn't let this bother her, though. An artist of terrific fluency and compositional skill - and, yes, she's a jazz flutist - Baum can easily make a listener forget all about Burgundy. Her albums have consistently landed on the year-end best-of lists in such publications as Jazz Times, Jazziz and DownBeat.

Her latest recording project, "This Life," is a work inspired by the music of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and her extensive travels assimilating the sounds and rhythms of south Asia. She's now touring behind "This Life" with her newly minted Jamie Baum Quintet and performs Saturday at the Side Door Jazz Club in the Old Lyme Inn.

- RICK KOSTER

Jamie Baum, 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Side Door Jazz Club, Old Lyme Inn, 85 Lyme St., Old Lyme; $25; (860) 434-0886, thesidedoorjazz.com.

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