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Girls Ellington Project hosts girls jam session at Seattle's Royal Room

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courtesy of Seattle JazzED
Girls Ellington Project at the Royal Room

Seattle JazzED's all-girls all-city jazz band, the Girls Ellington Project, is empowering women and nonbinary people within the wider jazz community to be seen and heard.

In the culture of jazz, jam sessions are the traditional way for younger musicians to learn from their elders and to get comfortable with the art of improvisation.

Historically, male-dominated jam sessions were intimidating and not exactly welcoming to women, trans and nonbinary musicians. The Girls Ellington Project jam sessions are designed to address that issue and to open the stage to all femme instrumentalists and vocalists.

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The goal is for the musicians to have fun learning to improvise.

Promoting gender parity in music education is a pillar of the Seattle JazzED philosophy.

Seattle JazzED's Girls Ellington Project was the first all-girl ensemble to compete in Jazz at Lincoln Center's Essentially Ellington high school jazz band festival.

Seattle-based professional jazz musicians Marina Albero, Kate Olson, Haley Freedlund, Kelly Clingan and Kelsey Mines will be joining the Girls Ellington Project jam session on March 15 at the Royal Room, starting at 6 p.m.

Girls, bring your instruments!

Tickets are free, but you must register here. Seating is first come, first served.

Originally from Detroit, Robin Lloyd has been presenting jazz, blues and Latin jazz on public radio for nearly 40 years. She's a member of the Jazz Education Network and the Jazz Journalists Association.