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Pianist Amy K. Bormet may be—-OK, is—-one of the personally silliest people in local jazz. But she’s a serious musician, and she’s put together a serious festival that’s now in its second year. The Washington Women in Jazz Festival started its life on a much smaller scale: Though it was a month long, it consisted of only four performances, one a week throughout March, and all at a single venue (Twins Jazz, although there was one auxiliary show at the Red Door).
With the schedule announced today, however, Bormet kicks things up a notch. The one-week eventis jam-packed with eight performances (not to mention a preview show next weekend), across as many venues—-and one’s in Baltimore. Spread across those performances are over a dozen women of major jazz chops; six of them alone will appear at the festival’s opening night. Bormet and company are some hardcore jazz ladies, and they’ve built up a hell of a jazz festival.
The lineup is below.
March 4 (preview) Integriti Reeves (vocals) and Amy K. Bormet (piano) American Art Museum 1:30 p.m., Free.
March 21 Opening Night with Alison Miller (drums) and the WWJF All Stars: Sarah Hughes and Leigh Pilzer (saxophones), Melissa Gardner (trombone), Amy K. Bormet (piano), Karine Chapdelaine (bass) Atlas Performing Arts Center 8 p.m., $20
March 22 Ingrid Jensen (trumpet), Ellen Rowe (piano), Maryann McSweeney (bass) An Die Musik, Baltimore 8 and 9:30 p.m., $20
March 23 Shannon Gunn and the Bullettes (big band) Westminster Presbyterian Church 6 p.m., $5
March 24 Rhythm Summit: Lydia Lewis Trio with tap dancers Melissa Frakman and Quynn Johnson BloomBars 8 p.m., $10
March 25 Tribute to Abbey Lincoln —- lecture and vocal performance with Jessica Boykin-Settles Anacostia Community Museum 2 p.m., Free
March 25 WWJF Vocal Showcase featuring Christie Dashiell, Jessica Boykin-Settles, and SAASY (all female a capella group from Howard University) The Hamilton 7 p.m., $20
March 26 Ladies Night with the Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra – big band arrangements by great female writers past and present Bohemian Caverns 8 and 10 p.m., $7
March 27 Closing Night Young Artists Competition and Jam Session HR-57 7 p.m., $10 ($5 for musicians)