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Seattle Women's Jazz Orchestra

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The Seattle Women's Jazz Orchestra (SWOJO) features many of the finest female jazz artists in the region. Showcasing high intensity jazz, tight harmonies, and lush dynamic sounds, the band performs with a fresh energy stemming from seven years of thrilling audiences on two continents. SWOJO has come a long way in a short time. Since forming in 2000, the band has performed at clubs, jazz festivals, and concert halls in North and South America, released a critically acclaimed CD (Dreamcatcher), and was nominated for an Earshot Golden Ear award in 2006! SWOJO has appeared with a number of distinguished jazz artists including Don Lanphere, Mimi Fox, Becca Duran, Susan Pascal, Sue Orfield, Greta Matassa, Hazel Leach, Jill Townsend, and Ingrid Jensen

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Sidney Hauser

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Hailing from Whidbey Idland, Sidney received her BA in Fine Arts and a minor in Music Performance from the University of Washington. She has studied under local artists such as Neil Welch, Michael Brockman and Steve Treseler. She now plays lead alto in the Seattle Women’s Jazz Orchestra, second alto in the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra and second alto in The Jazz Police. Additionally she plays in a prog rock group, a folk rock band and leads her own fusion group SmackTalk. When she’s not playing music or working full-time, she does commissioned artwork on the side.

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Jazz Contest For Women Composers!

Jazz Contest For Women Composers!

SEATTLE WOMEN’S JAZZ ORCHESTRA (SWOJO) announces the Third Annual Jazz Ensemble Composition Contest for Women Composers. The winning composition will be performed and recorded live by the Seattle Women’s Jazz Orchestra with award-winning guitarist Mimi Fox in Seattle. The winner of the contest will receive a $400 honorarium, an audio recording of their piece performed live, ...

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Women Jazz Ensemble Composers Wanted!

Women Jazz Ensemble Composers Wanted!

The First Annual Jazz Ensemble Composition Contest for Women Composers is now open for submissions! This contest has been created to encourage the composition of the highest possible quality of jazz ensemble literature playable by high schools, honor bands, college bands and professional bands alike. The winning composition will be performed and recorded live by the ...

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Jazz Ensemble Composition Contest For Women Composers!

Jazz Ensemble Composition Contest For Women Composers!

Seattle Women's Jazz Orchestra (SWOJO) has created this contest to encourage the composition and performance of the highest possible quality of jazz ensemble literature playable by high schools, honor bands, college bands and professional bands alike. The winning composition will be performed and recorded live by the Seattle Women’s Jazz Orchestra with a special guest artist ...

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Meeting of the Waters

Label: OA2 Records
Released: 2007
Track listing: Encontro das

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Article: Album Review

Seattle Women's Jazz Orchestra: Meeting of the Waters

Read "Meeting of the Waters" reviewed by Jack Bowers


The Seattle Women's Jazz Orchestra, now seven years old, has produced its second superlative album of contemporary jazz, a cosmopolitan enterprise showcasing impressive compositions and arrangements by musical director Daniel Barry; Englishwoman Hazel Leach, co-leader of the European-based United Women's Orchestra; and Jill Townsend, one of Canada's most talented writers in the big-band genre. As on ...

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Encontro Das Aguas

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Label: OA2 Records
Released: 2007
Duration: 5:40

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Dreamcatcher

Label: OA2 Records
Released: 2004
Track listing: 63rd St. Theme, The Hiding Place, Pura Emocion, Big Mama Louise, Fly Me to the Moon, Nisqually Riff, As Long As 'm Singing, Peanut Vendor, A Foggy Day, Two to tango, Dreamcatcher

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Seattle Women's Jazz Orchestra: Dreamcatcher

Read "Dreamcatcher" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Here's more conclusive evidence, if any were needed, that jazz is no longer solely a man's game. The Seattle Women's Jazz Orchestra joins the burgeoning ranks of all-female big bands that include DIVA, Maiden Voyage, Germany's United Women's Orchestra, Japan's Blue Aeronauts and ensembles led by Chrissy Lee and Kit McClure with an auspicious debut album ...


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