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Washington Women in Jazz

Ephemera Press 2015

Biggi Vinkeloe (saxophone/flute) created an orchestra in Gothenburg Sweden that is a broad mix of amateurs and professionals, and is open to the community. We will recreate this for the day in DC, inviting musicians, amateur and professional, singers and instrumentalists to create an improvised orchestra where Biggi will conduct and guide the music making.

anita thomas

WWJF and Jazz at Wesley present:

Multi-instrumentalist Anita Thomas delights audiences with her energy, exceptional skill and sincerity. Equally adept at playing clarinet, saxophone and acoustic bass, Anita can be heard performing in jazz as well as classical ensembles, from New Orleans and Dixieland to bebop and contemporary styles. After performing with the Bullettes at Washington Women in Jazz Festival in previous years, (including her piece for big band and didgeridoo) Anita is back headlining her own night of swinging music in Chevy Chase accompanied by the Amy K Bormet trio.

Jazz at Wesley is a smoke and alcohol-free zone. Sweet and savory items available for purchase with complimentary coffee and tea. This is a family-friendly event, bring your children along! Bring a non-perishable food item or slightly used coat to jazz up someone else’s life, donations for Friendship Place.
Leigh Pilzer

Leigh Pilzer, Baritone Saxophone

Jen Krupa, Trombone
Jackie Warren, Piano
Amy Shook, Bass
Sherrie Maricle, Drums

Strunkin’ is baritone saxophonist Leigh Pilzers first recording as a bandleader. She is joined by Jen Krupa on trombone, Sherrie Maricle on drums, Amy Shook on bass, and Jackie Warren on piano; long-time friends and colleagues from The DIVA Jazz Orchestra, the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, and the critically acclaimed show Maurice Hines is Tappin Thru Life.

The musicians shared love and respect for straight-ahead, swinging jazz is evident throughout the CDsix original compositions by Leigh and one each by Amy and Jenstarting with the Konitz-inspired title track and continuing with the Ellingtonesque Miss Ally in Allyworld, the blues-drenched sass of Amys Brag Time, the reimagined bebop of Jens Duel at Dawn, and more.

Strunkin was recorded live at the 6th Annual Washington Women in Jazz Festival by Grammy-winning engineer Charlie Pilzer at Allyworld, the dual-purpose performance/tracking space at Airshow in Takoma Park, MD.

She is her own player, engaging in her own right and successfully so as this recording illustrates.
Robert Rusch, Cadence Magazine

She improvises with fluency and panache.

Gruff and punchy, keeping to the low end, Pilzers got plenty to say.
Michael J. West, Washington CityPaper

Young Artist Showcase

Take part in the Washington Women in Jazz Festival Young Artist Showcase! The showcase is for emerging jazz women musicians in high school and college. Selected young artists will:

  • Perform in a showcase with the WWJF trio
  • Receive adjudication from arts professionals
  • Meet regional and international WWJF artists
  • Network with musicians at a jam session after the performance

All events will take place at THEARC in SE Washington DC, supported by Levine Music on Saturday, March 4th, 2017.

To apply, submit two contrasting pieces and a recommendation from your teacher to by February 1, 2017

Check out this video featuring clips from the March 7, 2015 concert and jam.

Ana Barreiro playing on a step with her drum sticks

Ana Barreiro is a jazz drummer based in Los Angeles who carries her Brazilian roots to various musical situations.

“Barreiro was a constant source of joy the entire evening with a very clear and precise ride cymbal sound.” Robert Bush, jazz critic NBC San Diego.

Originally from the Southeast of Brazil, she was awarded a Latin America Scholarship from Berklee College of Music and made the move to Boston in 2009. She then relocated to Los Angeles in 2013 to pursue a Masters Degree in Jazz Studies at the University of Southern California where she studied with Peter Erskine and worked as his Teacher Assistant. As an active drummer in the Los Angeles Jazz scene she has had the opportunity to perform with Larry Koonse, Catina DeLuna, Bob Sheppard, Darek Oles, Edwin Livingston, Scott Healy, Kirsten Edkins, Isaac Smith, Bruce Forman, Amy K Bormet and is currently the drummer for Grammy Nominated pianist Otmaro Ruiz. Ana is on the Faculty of the Stanford Jazz Workshop and the Musician’s Institute in Hollywood and uses Vic Firth Sticks.

Capital City Symphony

Jazz up the Symphony is the first ever collaboration between Capital City Symphony and Washington Women in Jazz, led by Tiffany Lu (Assistant Conductor, CCS) and Amy Bormet (Artistic Director, WWJ). This concert approaches the connections between two iconic art forms, classical music and jazz, from a number of intriguing angles. The event features CCS and jazz combo, Amy K. Bormet’s Ephemera. The varied program presents iconic classical works and related improvisations in a theme and variations style, newly composed jazz works for large and small ensemble, choose your own adventure style performances, and much more. Repertoire includes music by Beethoven, Prokofiev, Amy Bormet, and Sarah Hughes.

Jazz Up the Symphony is part of the INTERSECTIONS festival at the Atlas Performing Arts Center.