Get acquainted with some of the many bands and organizations that inspire the members and mission of IWJO.
DIVA Jazz Orchestra The DIVA Jazz Orchestra, founded by Stanley Kay and under the direction of drummer Sherrie Maricle, is a 15-piece big band of versatile musicians and composers/arrangers based in New York. Founded in 1992, they remain a leading force in the contemporary big band scene. Stemming from the full jazz orchestra are "Five Play" and "3Divas", a jazz quintet and trio respectively, made up of DIVA musicians who are actively performing across the country.
Seattle Women's Jazz Orchestra The Seattle Women's Jazz Orchestra has been showcasing many of the finest female jazz artists in the Northeast region since 2000. They proudly feature the contemporary, original music of regional and international women jazz composers in addition to hosting an annual composition contest and running their own "Girls Jazz Band" program, an eight-week after-school course offering a comfortable and supportive environment for developing skills in jazz interpretation and improvisation for middle school girls.
Sisterhood of Swing Led by NYC trumpet player, Bria Skonberg, Sisterhood of Swing made its debut in the summer of 2018 as a tribute to the International Sweethearts of Rhythm at Lincoln Center's Midsummer Night Swing event. This all-star band that just so happens to be female features names such as Regina Carter, Anat Cohen, Lakecia Benjamin, Camille Thurman, Jami Dauber, and many other prominent names from the NY jazz scene.
We Create Jazz "A jazz festival for, by, and about women". We Create Jazz is a Cincinnati-based festival/symposium first occurring in April 2019. Hosted by the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, We Create Jazz is a new annual event with a vision of providing sustainability and empowerment for all women jazz artists through performance, scholarship, and mentorship.
Women In Jazz Organization (WIJO) The Women in Jazz Organization aims to improve the experience of women and non-binary people in jazz through a focus on empowerment, inclusiveness, and community. This is largely a NYC-based organization with national and international connections that collectively involves more than 350 members of the jazz scene. The "WIJO Mentors" program meaningfully pairs collegiate musicians with professionals for extended learning in a safe and supportive environment.
Seattle JazzEd The Girls Ellington Project is Seattle’s all-girls, all-city jazz band. Led by music director Kelly Clingan, this auditioned ensemble is open to female and female-identified high school jazz instrumentalists in grades 9 through 12. Girls Jazz Day is an annual event where participants will "make friends, connect with awesome female role models, and come away inspired to keep improving and developing their musical voice and ideas".
Jazz Girls TX Jazz Girls TX is a youth development program that aims to shape self confident, well rounded young women in the music industry. Led by saxophonist, Sarah Milligan, this organization offers an annual 3-day camp with a focus on musicianship, business, and community.
Ladies Must Swing Ladies Must Swing is a Wisconsin-based 18-piece big band has been performing for over 20 years. They perform a lot of great dance music and have released two full-length CD albums!