The vote is unanimous: The inaugural Washington Women in Jazz Festival has been a big hit. Over the course of five Wednesdays in March, pianist Amy K. Bormet mined the city's formidable female jazz talents and presented them, both as leaders and accompanists, on the bandstand. Every time this writer stopped in, the house was [...]
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In case you've forgotten, there are two ongoing weekly concert series at U Street's Twins Jazz this month: the Sunday Jazz Lounge on (duh) Sunday nights and the Washington Women in Jazz Festival on Wednesday Nights. Both have particularly fine installments this week, featuring, incidentally, the two sides of a married musical couple.
Sunday Jazz Lounge
Tonight was supposed to be the online Wednesday in March with nothing on the official schedule for the Washington Women in Jazz Festival—Twins Jazz was already booked.
But no! Festival organizer Amy K. Bormet conspired with Giovanni Russonello and Luke Stewart, the jazz advocates behind CapitalBop, to pencil in a special bonus session at their preferred performance [...]
Last week's kickoff concert for Amy Bormet's Washington Women in Jazz Festival featured an unexpected appearance by the Y chromosome. Specifically, local bassist Tom Baldwin was on stage for both trombonist Melissa Gardiner and vocalist Lena Seikaly's sets at Twins Jazz. "He's subbing for Karine Chapdelaine, who's recovering from pneumonia," Bormet explained.
Alas, this week was [...]
Amy K. Bormet, a D.C.-based pianist, accordionist, and occasional singer, was working last year at the Kennedy Center's annual Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival and noticed something. "Half of the women in this festival, working in these orchestras and ensembles, were local D.C. people that I knew," she says. "I saw this and [...]