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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 and girls 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, Nelds Swiggett, Greta Matassa, Gail Pettis, Kelley Johnson, Hazel Leach, Jill Townsend, Christine and Ingrid Jensen, Sherrie Maricle and Grace Kelly.

SWOJO has released two CDs on OA2 Records. Information about our recordings is available on our recordings page.

The band has performed at the Earshot Jazz Festival, Seattle Jazz Vespers series, the Triple Door Mainstage, Dimitriou's Jazz Alley, Seattle's Bumbershoot Festival, and many others. Please check our performance calendar for complete details on all our upcoming performances.

** Please see the electronic press kit about booking the orchestra for your special event.


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SWOJO Board of Directors
  • Carolyn Caster, President/Treasurer
  • Barbara Hubers-Drake, Vice President/Secretary
  • Tina Toburen, Director
  • Betsy Hanson, Director
  • Rebecca Wade, Director

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