We believe girls belong in jazz.

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Our Beginning

#Jazzgirl took root in the minds of Seattle JazzED staff members in 2013. As one of the largest jazz education organizations in the country, serving over 1,000 students per year, we began to see an alarming trend. Very few girls played in our bands. We wanted to change that.

We started with Girls Jazz Day, a free annual one-day workshop, and quickly added the Girls Ellington Project, an all-star band that records and travels to festivals.

 

“This ensemble gave me female jazz role models that I can look up to. I will forever be grateful for all of the lessons and support it’s given me.”

— Rachel, Seattle JazzED Girls Ellington Project musician

 
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We hired Kelly Clingan, a passionate advocate for gender equality in jazz as our Education Director and committed ourselves to increasing girls’ participation in Seattle JazzED and reflecting gender diversity in our teaching staff. We have had many successes but there’s still much work to do.

Bring Kelly Clingan to your school! →

 
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Which brings us to now

We’d love to connect with you and grow this movement toward inclusion and justice.

The #jazzgirl hashtag is our way of connecting with like-minded girls, musicians, educators and organizations across the country and around the world.

Check out our list of resources and get involved →

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