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The Musician Exchange: a networking event hosted by The Urban Musicians Network

Amy Bormet

Monday, January 13, 2014 from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM (EST)

Hyattsville, MD

Musician Exchange: a networking event hosted by The...

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Join us for an eventful night of music and networking with talented instrumentalists who have made the Mid-Atlantic region their home! Special guests include Musicians of Mercy, The MusicianShip, and The National Association of Negro Musicians. Artists will have an opportunity to showcase their work and all musicians are welcome to participate in an open jam session during the final hour.

This event is sold out. Please email to be placed on the RSVP wait list. Donations are encouraged and will benefit music based non-profit organizations.

Don't miss out on this great opportunity to connect with the regions best composers, entrepreneurs, musicians and teaching artists!

Have questions about The Musician Exchange: a networking event hosted by The Urban Musicians Network? Contact Amy Bormet

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Busboys and Poets
5331 Baltimore Avenue
Hyattsville, MD 20781

Monday, January 13, 2014 from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM (EST)

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Amy Bormet

Inspired by the rich jazz traditions found in the district, and in recognition of the few opportunities for women to perform and excel in the region, Amy K. Bormet had an idea in 2011; to form a jazz festival where women could come together to collaborate, perform and to support one another

Four years later, the ‘idea’ has flourished, with the 4th Annual Washington Women Jazz Festival set to present some of the great female jazz talent on the East Coast at venues in DC March 15-22.

Bormet is a natural to the role of founder/director of the WWJF, as she is a graduate of DC’s Duke Ellington School of the Arts, and received her master’s degree in Jazz Studies at Howard University. She is a mentor and educator to young musicians with DC Legend Davey Yarborough at the Washington Jazz Arts Institute.  As a professional jazz pianist, she was selected for the inaugural Mary Lou Williams Emerging Artist Workshop at the Kennedy Center in 2010, working closely with Joanne Brackeen, Terri Lyne Carrington and the late Dr. Billy Taylor. Her quintet, Striking, was featured in the 2012 Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival at the Kennedy Center.

Over thirty women have been showcased by the WWJF in just the first three years, ranging from jazz legend Geri Allen to the annual ‘Young Artists’ contest that brings together the very best young female jazz musicians. An engaging collaborator and supporter, Bormet brings together the finest area female musicians to perform and showcase their talents around the city. Performers often provide time for Master Classes, making sure to nourish the next generation of jazz performers.

Finally, as a result of the WWJF, DC audiences are introduced to some of the best jazz musicians in the area, while at the same time their collaboration stimulates a network of women who are making a profound impact on the jazz scene.

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