Finalist, 2019 DC Jazz Festival’s DCJazzPrix
Ana Barreiro (drums), Amy K Bormet (piano), Aaron Janik (trumpet), David Wise (sax) and Sezin Ahmet Turkmenoglu (bass). This event will be postponed to the Fall of 2020.
Amy K. Bormet is an in-demand pianist, vocalist, and composer. Amy started the Washington Women in Jazz Festival in 2011 and serves as executive director. Ana Barreiro is currently an active drummer and educator in the Los Angeles music scene and on the Faculty of the Musicians Institute in Hollywood.
Always keeping an ear to the ground for women jazz musicians, Amy Bormet was thrilled when she heard of Ana Barreiro in Los Angeles. Amy invited Ana to DC to be a part of the Washington Women in Jazz Festival. The duo has continued to play each other’s music, in every context from trio settings to a symphony orchestra. AmyAna is a clear record of their friendship with songs like Bormet’s “Santa Ana Slip,” a swinging bluesy number, and upbeat Brazilian melodies, like Barreiro’s “Saudade.” As the two continue to develop a dialogue between east coast and west coast, swing and the avant-garde, the US and Brazil, there is no place they can’t go together.
Jazz in Progress: The Next Faces of Jazz is a partnership between BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center and the DC Jazz Festival. DCJazzPrix, part of DC Jazz Fest, is a global competition created to recognize and support top rising jazz band talent, and is designed to help launch and promote the careers of emerging jazz ensembles. This past year’s competition was held in Washington DC on June 15, 2019. For more information on DCJazzPrix, please visit www.dcjazzfest.org/dcjazzprix.
This event may move to another date. A community chorus, The Brooklyn Women’s Chorus was formed in October 1997 by Park Slope resident and musician, Bev Grant. With a repertoire ranging from South African freedom songs to socially relevant songs by contemporary American songwriters like Garth Brooks, Jackson Browne, Pat Humphries and Bev Grant, song topics range from freedom and justice to peace, resistance and women’s labor history. Their albums include Brooklyn Women’s Chorus and the Power of Song, and I Will Sing, which was recorded live at Tribeca PAC in 2014. The Brooklyn Women’s Chorus is its own sanctuary for women who are seeking community and a safe place to find and raise their voice in song.
The Lost Jazz Shrines series is dedicated to bringing legendary NYC jazz clubs back into the consciousness of the world with a thorough remembrance and celebration. Boomer’s was a jazz club in Greenwich Village, New York City, during the 1970s. The club was a venue for bebop musicians, and artists Barry Harris and Kenny Barron played there. At the club, Cedar Walton recorded the albums, A Night at Boomers, Vol. 1 and Vol. 2. Cedar Walton was an American hard bop jazz pianist. He came to prominence as a member of drummer Art Blakey’s band before establishing a long career as a bandleader and composer. Several of his compositions have become jazz standards, including “Mosaic”, “Bolivia”, “Holy Land”, “Mode for Joe” and “Fantasy in D.”
Our Musical Director is the award-winning pianist-composer Helen Sung. Pianist/composer Helen Sung is a graduate of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance and won the Kennedy Center’s Mary Lou Williams Jazz Piano Competition. Sung followed her jazz chart-topping Concord Jazz release Anthem For A New Day (2014) with Sung With Words (2018).
Additionally, there will be a 7PM Free Panel Discussion TBD.