Seattle Women’s Jazz Orchestra
The Seattle Women’s Jazz Orchestra (SWOJO), co-founded by Barbara Hubers-Drake and Ellen Finn, was formed to nurture the musical, educational and artistic growth of individual musicians, to encourage women to become involved in jazz performance/composition as a career or avocation, and to foster community interest in and appreciation of jazz as an art form.
Since the first rehearsal in January of 2000, the band has performed at clubs, jazz festivals, and concert halls on two continents and performed with many distinguished artists including Don Lanphere, Mimi Fox, Becca Duran, Susan Pascal, Greta Matassa, Kelley Johnson, Hazel Leach, Jill Townsend, Ingrid Jensen, and Grace Kelly.
SWOJO has released two CDs on OA2 Records. The band has performed at the Earshot Jazz Festival, Seattle Jazz Vespers series, the Triple Door Mainstage, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, Seattle’s Bumbershoot Festival, and many others.
Artist Support Program 2018: Produce recordings of winner and honorable mention compositions from Seattle Women’s Jazz Orchestra (SWOJO)’s annual international jazz composition contest for women composers.