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Amy K Bormet

There was a great overflowing packed crowd at the Craft in America Center this past Sunday. Thank you to my new LA community for your overwhelming support, and a special thanks to photographer (and great guitarist!) Evan Ziegenmeyer for capturing this wonderful night. //A Craft in America window concert. “An Evening of New Songs: Creative Jazz and Country” Amy K Bormet (composer/piano/vocals) and Matt Dievendorf (guitar); with special guests Maggie Hasspacher(bass/vocals), David Wise, (saxophone) and Michalle Gould, (poet).// Celebrating the collaborations that have made her inaugural year in Los Angeles thrive, composer/performer Amy K Bormet brings her top people to perform with her at the intimate gallery. Bormet will sing pieces written in the last year and accompany herself on her vintage red wurlitzer for a one-set, one night only show.

Michalle Gould
Craft in America Window Concert Series
David Wise
Matt Dievendorf
Maggie Hasspacher

David Wise and Amy K Bormet

I wrote this tune to lyrics by my friend and lovely poet Michalle Gould. It’s not perfect sound quality, but we had a wonderful trip to the midwest, and I wanted to share it. Amy K Bormet Piano/Vocals, Maggie Hasspacher Bass/Vocals, Matt Dievendorf, Guitar. Live at Canterbury House in Ann Arbor, MI 8/21/14.

Matt and I had a really wonderful weekend in Ann Arbor with Maggie Hasspacher, and in Ft. Wayne with Andrew Kratzat for his “Meet the Artist” Series. We are filled with so much love for all of family and friends that greeted us. Big thank you to the Kratzat family for hosting our reunion. Hope to see you again soon Midwest! #goblue #AKation

When I was in high school I was thrilled to attend the Washington Jazz Arts Institute, a free summer program created by award-winning educator/head of Duke Ellington School of the Arts jazz program, Davey Yarborough and his wife Esther Williams.

Now I’m honored to teach there every summer and I LOVE mentoring the newest jazz musicians in town. Please support this wonderful organization and swing by for the final free concert of the summer tomorrow at Peoples Congregational Church. (Flyer by superstar vocalist and fellow mentor Jessica Boykin-Settles, and I took the photos!) Watch out for our supersize trombone section this year!

July 19th was the sold-out and exciting world premiere of my five-piece Gwendolyn Brook’s song cycle for bassist/vocalist virtuoso Maggie Hasspacher presented by Wild Up at Boston Court in Pasadena, CA. I will have some audio/video soon and will include it in next month’s newsletter. (Read a review of the evening’s performance here).

Maggie and I will be performing my song cycle and more new music next month (Aug. 21) in Ann Arbor, MI along with Matt Dievendorf at Canterbury House. 

Maggie Hasspacher

I met the wonderful Candace Coles over 10 years ago when we were both students at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts. I am so excited to reconnect and hang with her out in Los Angeles. In addition to being my awesome k-town neighbor, we played a nice set on a gorgeous day in Santa Monica. Check out her music here.

(DC) July 3 at Twins Jazz with John Kocur / July 11 duo with Herb Scott at Chez Billy/ July 14 with Billy Wolfe Tetradectet and BCJO at Bohemian Caverns / (Baltimore) July 15 with Billy Wolfe Tetradectet at An Die Musik / (Los Angeles) July 19 with Maggie Hasspacher world premiere of my Gwendolyn Brooks song cycle for bass and voice! / (Ann Arbor) August 21 with Maggie Hasspacher at Canterbury House / (Ft. Wayne) August 23 Andrew Kratzat’s concert series with Matt Dievendorf

  I will be spending most of the summer in Los Angeles, but here are a few dates for my cross-country amigos to save: DC- Friday July 11 duo with Herb Scott at Chez Billy/Monday July 14 with Billy Wolfe tetradectet at Bohemian Caverns/Tuesday July 15 with Billy Wolfe at An Die Musik (Baltimore) Midwest- Thursday August 21 with Maggie Hasspacher at Canterbury House (Ann Arbor) Saturday August 23 Andrew Kratzat concert series with Matt Dievendorf (Ft. Wayne) More to come soon!