THANK YOU for the amazing weekend. My daughter had a blast and my husband and I loved the concert. We both choked up watching all of those great girls making music together! That’s what is right in the world!!
— Melissa, Parent

Make friends, connect with professional female musicians, and come away inspired and empowered to keep playing, singing and being yourself. 


You'll become an expert at jam sessions, improvisation and being confident in navigating solos and band leadership. You'll learn the basics and then build on them with top female jazz educators and performers. 

At the end of the day, you'll perform as an ensemble for your friends and family.

We invite all Girls Jazz Day participants to join us the following evening as well, Sunday, Sept 30th, at the JazzED Jam Session at the Royal Room to put all your new skills into action. The jam session is free and you are welcome to invite friends to participate too. Coming to the jam session is encouraged but not required to take part in Girls Jazz Day.


Saturday, September 29th

Cornish College of the Arts, PONCHO Concert Hall
710 East Roy Street, Seattle WA

9:00AM—Girls Check In
Enter Kerry Hall/PONCHO Concert Hall through main doors. Check in with JazzED staff in entry way to get your welcome packet, t-shirt, #JazzGirl swag and instructions on what to do next!

9:30AM—Introductions and Group Assignments

10:00AM—Jam Session 101

10:30-11:15AM—Group Rotation w/ Johnaye Kendrick: Classic Blues Licks

11:15AM-12:00PM—Group Rotation w/ Marina Albero: Manners/Rules/Cues

12:00-12:45PM—Group Rotation w/ Kate Olson: Classic Blues Heads

12:45-1:30PM—Lunch & Discussion: How to Succeed in Music with Confidence

1:30-2:30PM—Bringing it Together: Jam Session in Practice

2:30-4:00PM—Performance for Friends and Family

Instrument, sack lunch, and refillable water bottle. Girls who play drums and piano do not need to bring instruments. If you play bass and can bring your bass, please do. If you play bass and can't bring yours, email Kelly at to make arrangements to borrow a JazzED bass. 

We are committed to this program being financially accessible for ALL families. You select the tuition amount that works for you. Your tuition payment helps cover the cost of renting the venue and paying our educators a fair wage, as well as supplies, sheet music, etc.

  • To pay $125, do not enter any code

  • To pay $95, enter code NINETYFIVE

  • To pay $65, enter code SIXTYFIVE

  • To pay $30, enter code THIRTY

  • For a full tuition waiver, enter code WAIVER

You will have the option of entering a sliding scale tuition code on the registration check-out page. 

If you'd like to pay a different sliding scale amount than the options here, fill out our easy online form, and we'll send you a custom tuition code. 

Open female and female-identified instrumentalists and vocalists in grades 6-12.

Girls in grades 10-12 who would like to serve as Girls Jazz Day mentors and earn 6 community service hours, please email Kelly at the address below. Mentors help with check-in, assist younger students in group rotation and are general helpers during the day. 

Questions? Email Kelly at

Girls Jazz Day Faculty

Kelly Clingan

Kelly is the former Director of Concert Bands and Jazz at Washington Middle School, where she taught since 2008. A graduate of Roosevelt High School and the University of Washington, she is rooted in Seattle's celebrated tradition of music education. Kelly plays trombone in Banda Vagos, a traditional Mexican Banda, performing throughout the Puget Sound area on a weekly basis.

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Marina Albero

Born into the family band Grallers de Banyoles-Estampida Medieval, Marina Albero has been steeped in the sounds of Barcelona since childhood. As a young girl, extensive training in percussion and piano in both Spain and Cuba sent her on the road to early achievement and success. Albero played European festivals and was awarded the annual prize for talented youth in Brussels. Marina has collaborated on recording projects with players like Silvio Rodríguez, and tours in Catalonia, Spain, and Portugal with the band Barnhabana, conducted by Grammy winner Barbarito Torres. Currently, Marina performs in flamenco shows with renowned dancers and companies, including the Ballet Nacional De España. 

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Johnaye Kendrick

Johnaye Kendrick was born and raised in San Diego, CA. She received a Bachelor of Music from Western Michigan University in 2005. She received an Artist’s Diploma from the Thelonious Monk Institute and a Masters Degree in Jazz Studies from Loyola University in 2009.  Johnaye has been a featured vocalist with the Ellis Marsalis Quartet and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra.  The Orchestra won a Grammy® Award in the 2009 for “Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album” category for their release Book 1 on which Ms. Kendrick is featured. 
Johnaye has performed at numerous festivals, concert halls and jazz clubs, including the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Rio das Ostras Jazz Festival, Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club, Jazz Gallery, Chicago Symphony Center.

The legendary Jimmy Heath says that "Johnaye is not just a vocalist. She is a complete musician with a beautiful instrument and open ears."   A dedicated educator, Johnaye resides in Seattle where she serves as an Associate Professor of Jazz Voice at Cornish College of the Arts. In 2013, she was nominated for an Earshot Jazz Golden Ear Award as “Northwest  Vocalist of the Year.” In 2014, she recorded, produced and released her debut CD, Here, for the johnygirl label. Featuring 12 of Johnaye’s original compositions, Here finds her supported by pianist Dawn Clement, bassist Chris Symer, and drummers Byron Vannoy and D’Vonne Lewis.


Kate Olson

Kate Olson can be heard performing with her own projects Syrinx Effect, KO SOLO, and the KO Ensemble and as a collaborator with Ask the Ages, the Seattle Rock Orchestra, the Royal Room Collective Music Ensemble and Electric Circus (led by Wayne Horvitz), the Seattle Jazz Composer's Ensemble and multiple other groups. 

Kate has a BA in Music from the University of Wyoming and an MM in Improvisation from the University of Michigan. Kate’s international resume includes performances in Russia, Latvia, Turkey, Switzerland and Slovakia. She has appeared on stage with Terry Riley, Stuart Dempster, Pauline Oliveros, Allison Miller, Bobby Previte, Skerik, Patricia Barber and pop music icons Elvis Costello, Brandi Carlile, Sir Mix-a-lot and Big Star's Third, among others. In 2011 and 2013, Kate was nominated for the Earshot Golden Ear Award in the Emerging Artist category, and in 2014 she was nominated for the Best NW Instrumentalist Category.