SWOJO with special guest Ingrid Jensen, trumpet. Earshot Jazz Festival 2013.
Currently residing in Eugene, Oregon, Jessika Smith is the director and coordinator of the Eugene Composer's Big Band and a music educator at Prairie Mountain School.
She completed a Master's Degree in Jazz Studies at the University of Oregon in June 2014. During her time at UO, Jessika played lead alto with the award-winning Oregon Jazz Ensemble, which toured Europe in the summer of 2014.
Jessika is also a graduate of Eastern Washington University with a BA and teaching certificate in K-12 Music Education.
"...the inescapable verdict is that SWOJO has earned another blue ribbon. Recommended without pause." Jack Bowers, Big Band Editor, All About Jazz
(full review from AAJ)
From the All Music Guide: The Seattle Women's Jazz Orchestra features some of the top jazz musicians and arrangers in the Pacific Northwest, primarily focusing on original music written for the band. The tight harmonies of the ensembles and strong soloists are key ingredients to their success. Musical director Daniel Barry contributed several charts and guests on his "Encontro das Águas(Meeting of the Waters). Highly recommended. -Ken Dryden
SWOJO's debut CD is now in its second printing. Reviews available on the recordings page.