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The Seattle Women's Jazz Orchestra (SWOJO) - showcasing many of the finest female jazz artists in the region for over 18 years.

SWOJO performs jazz standards, Latin and Brazillian jazz, and proudly features the contemporary, 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, Jessie Smith, Dr. Jennifer Bellor, Miseung Kang, Lauren McKinley, Jenny Kellogg, Nelda Swigget, Christina Fuchs and Christine Jensen.


Seattle Women's Jazz Orchestra is excited to present our next girls jazz band program January 10 - March 21, 2018!

The program offers evening rehearsals and a culminating concert for Seattle girl jazz musicians ages 12 and up. SWOJO's professional musicians and music educators will mentor, lead rehearsals and sectionals, give a master class, and perform a FREE joint concert on March 21, 2018.

The goal is to provide a comfortable and supportive educational opportunity for girls to develop jazz interpretation and improvisation skills within a big band and combo setting.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Washington State Arts Commission (now also known as ArtsWA) and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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swojo with Maria 2016


Friday, March 9, 2018
South Puget Sound College Jazz Band featuring SWOJO
Kenneth J. Minnaert Center for the Arts Main Stage
Mottman Rd. SW Olympia, WA
Tickets will be available online shortly through the Washington Center for the Arts
All ages
8:00 pm

Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Girls Jazz Band + SWOJO
Chief Sealth High School Auditorium
2600 SW Thistle St, Seattle, WA
*FREE, all ages. Support the next generation of women in jazz!
7:00 pm


Thank you to all the women who submitted their original music in this year's contest! We received scores from Germany, Canada, Korea, Israel and USA!

The 2017 winning composition is Roots and Rhyzomes by Christina Fuchs.
Honorable Mention goes to After Hours by Stephanie Urquhart.

Learn about composers HERE! Hear past winning compositions HERE!

recentperformances swojo at Tulas 2011

Saturday, December 16, 2017
Women in Jazz Series

SWOJO with special guests!
Vashon Center for the Arts, 19600 Vashon Hwy SW, Vashon WA

Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Celebrate the Holidays with SWOJO featuring Gail Pettis!

Columbia City Theater, Seattle, WA

Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Earshot Jazz Festival
SWOJO featuring Sherrie Maricle of DIVA and the world premiere of the 2017 Composition Contest winner, Roots and Rhyzomes by Christina Fuchs
Shorewood Performing Arts Center, Shoreline, WA

Tuesday and Wednesday, June 20 and 21, 2017
Curtis Stigers with SWOJO

Jazz Alley, Seattle, WA

Saturday, May 6, 2017
SWOJO featuring Christine Jensen and the world premiere of Cascadian Fragments
Shorewood Performing Arts Center, Shoreline, WA

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Our CDs, Meeting of the Waters and Dreamcatcher, are available for purchase at all SWOJO performances, Silver Platters, Barnes & Noble, or online from OA2 Records, CD Universeor Amazon.

SWOJO logo merchandise is now available at our swojo store.


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