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Washington Women in Jazz Festival Balloons in Its Second Year

Washington Women in Jazz FestivalPianist 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
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
7 p.m., $10 ($5 for musicians)

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