Seattle Women's Jazz Orchestra
The Seattle Women's Jazz Orchestra (SWOJO) - showcasing many of the finest female jazz artists in the region for over 15 years.
SWOJO proudly features the original music of many regional and international composers and arrangers, including Jill Townsend, Hazel Leach, Robin Holcomb, Ann Reynolds, Leigh Pilzer, Patty Darling, Mathilde Grooss Viddal, Jihye Lee, Christine Jensen, Jessie Smith, Dr. Jennifer Bellor, and music director, Dr. Daniel Barry.
SWOJO holds an annual jazz composition contest for women composers.
The Seattle Women's Jazz Orchestra, co-founded by Barbara Hubers-Drake and Ellen Finn, was formed to nurture the musical, educational and artistic growth of individual musicians, to encourage women to become involved in jazz performance/composition as a career or avocation, and to foster community interest in and appreciation of jazz as an art form.
Since the first rehearsal in January of 2000, the band has performed at clubs, jazz festivals, and concert halls on two continents and performed with many distinguished artists including Don Lanphere, Mimi Fox, Becca Duran, Susan Pascal, Greta Matassa, Kelley Johnson, Hazel Leach, Jill Townsend, Ingrid Jensen, and Grace Kelly.