This is the kick-off week for the Washington Women in Jazz Festival - and we're too excited for words!
The founder of this extraordinary set of events in the D.C. area is pianist/vocalist Amy K. Bomet. She had in mind a creation of "collaboration and community" that would showcase the vast female Jazz talent in the region. I'm talking about mind-blowing talent - the kind that gets remembered when people rewind the coolest moments in their lives.
Capitol Bop and the Washington City Paper have gushed about past Festivals - this is Amy's third adventure and it's sure to garner more rave reviews. Especially since the talent is spread throughout the city - in the most awesome venues - and culminates with internationally known pianist/composer/educator Geri Allen on the 27th of March.
Also in the mix: guitarist Sheryl Bailey shares her inspiration of the late Emily Remler. A trip to Pittsburgh once upon a time by Emily gave Sheryl the fuel that she needed to propel her own dreams of playing. "A New Dream" is a tribute to what Sheryl learned via her idol - and it will be given special treatment at the legendary Bohemian Caverns in the next several days.
An important function of this amazing Festival is to shine a light on the youth. The "Young Artist Contest" focuses on women under 21. Six of these finalists will play on Saturday, March 23rd - and the winner will get a coveted slot on the stage at next year's "WWIJ."
Amy K. Bomet will give us the scoop on the where and whens - and the need for WHY regarding this annual pre-Spring spectacular in the Nation's Capitol.
The show starts at one p.m. Amy joins us at two!
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