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
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Join us for Girls Jazz Sleepover Weekend, dedicated to girls who play or sing. This is going to be so much fun! Learn tons of great stuff in all day clinics with world-famous female music faculty, plus bond with other girls at group meals, movie night, all-sing and more.

At the end of the weekend,  perform as an ensemble for your friends and family. Make friends, connect with professional female musicians, and come away inspired and empowered to keep playing, singing and being yourself. 

Saturday, Oct 14-Sunday Oct 15

MLK FAME Community Center, 3201 E Republican St, Seattle WA 98112


DAY ONE! Saturday October 14

10:30AM—Girls Check In
Enter the building through main doors on E Republican St. Check in with JazzED staff in entry way to make sure we have all your forms, and you get your welcome packet, t-shirt, #JazzGirl swag and instructions on what to do next!
11:00AM—Sectionals, learning 2-3 charts
1:30PM—The Not-Scary, Totally Awesome Improvisation Class
5:00PM—Dinner & Movie “The Girls in the Band”
6:30PM—Movie 2, Dessert and PJs
8:00PM—Jam Session
9:00PM—Get Ready for Bed
10:00PM—Lights Out

DAY TWO! Sunday October 15

8:00AM—Breakfast, Get Ready
9:00AM—All-Play/Sing Blues
11:00AM—Lunch and chatty Q&A w/ Guest Artists
12:00PM—Sectionals,  learning 2-3 charts
2:00PM—Group Photos
2:30PM—Set Up for Performance
3:00PM—Dress Rehearsal
4:30PM—Concert for Friends and Family
5:30PM—Check Out & Good Byes

Instrument, sack lunch for the first day, refillable water bottle, overnight bag, sleeping bag, pillow, phone charger. There are plenty of bathrooms but no showers, so plan ahead with that in mind. 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. 

$120 (includes all educational materials, special Girls t-shirt and sticker, plus meals). We are committed to Girls Jazz Sleepover being open to all girls who want to participate. If the cost is prohibitive enter the code FIFTY on the registration check-out page to attend at a 50% discount OR enter code WAIVER at check out to attend for free.

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

Questions? Email Kelly at

Guest Faculty

Kelly Clingan
Musical Director

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.

Mariel Bildsten

Mariel Bildsten currently works as a side-woman in New York City, playing mostly in jazz big bands and small groups, as well as world and Caribbean music, classical, funk, r&b, and Latin music bands. She has performed at Jazz at Lincoln Center, Smalls Jazz Club, Minton’s, Carnegie Hall, and Swing 46, among other venues. Mariel has also performed alongside Wycliffe Gordon, Brian Lynch, Cyrus Chestnut, Lew Soloff, Jerry Dodgion, and Frank Lacy.

In addition to her playing, Mariel is a teaching artist at Upbeat NYC, an El Sistema based non-profit organization in South Bronx that is dedicated to uplifting young people through orchestral music. 

She graduated from the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in December 2015. 


Linda Briceño

Young Venezuelan performer Linda Briceño owns an impressive list of achievements: trumpet player, singer, big band director and composer. Brought up in the El Sistema music education system, she was a leader of the Simón Bolívar Big Band, one of the leading youth jazz ensembles in the world. in 2014, her first album, Tiempo, was nominated for two Latin Grammies, including Best New Artist. Wynton Marsalis once said about her “There is a weight in her sound. You either have it or you don’t, and it is very unusual for such a young person to have it the way she does.” In 2012 the World Economic Forum named Briceño a Young Global Shaper in recognition of her efforts as a musician and entrepreneur in developing empowerment strategies for young artists, especially musicians, to assert their rights as creative individuals and also as a collective in Latin America.


Sarah Elizabeth Charles

Sarah Elizabeth Charles is a vocalist/composer based in New York City. She has worked and studied with artists such as George Cables, Geri Allen, Nicholas Payton, Sheila Jordan, Jimmy Owens and Carmen Lundy and released her debut record, “Red” in September of 2012 with her band SCOPE. As the active vocalist in a number of bands (including SCOPE, AJOYO, Transient Beings, Enoch Smith Jr. and Benjamin Rando) Charles has performed at The White House, Carnegie Hall, the first annual Culture Summit in Abu Dhabi, The Kennedy Center, the Bern International Jazz Festival in Switzerland, the Port-au-Prince International Jazz Festival,  the Blue Note in New York City, the Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival, the Burlington Jazz Festival, the Apollo Music Café, Le Poisson Rouge, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, the Rose Theatre with Jazz at Lincoln Center and many more. Charles' musical output has been described as a “genre of one” (DownBeat Magazine), “soulfully articulate” (NY Times) and “an unmatched sound” (Jay Z’s Life+Times). Her third album, "Free of Form", will be released in the fall of 2017.

Marina Christopher
Upright Bass

Marina Christopher is a versatile, up and coming artist in the Seattle music scene. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Classical Double Bass Performance from Central Washington University, where she studied with Jon Hamar. After college, she worked in the orchestra of Royal Caribbean cruise ship, entertaining passengers from all over the world. Since returning to land, Marina has shared the stage with other Seattle area performers such as Jacqueline Tabor, Eugenie Jones, and Billy Brandt. She is currently a regular member of the musical groups Scarlet Parke, The Bad News Botanists, Winding Hearts and The Murphy-Tyler Band. Marina was a founding member of the Mo Jam Mondays at the Nectar Lounge, and has since been the features artist several times. Marina's original tune "Self Love" was featured on Mo' Jam Mondays on Band in Seattle. She is currently recording a new album of her original music with Marina and the Dreamboats.

Dawn Clement

Dawn Clement is an adjunct instructor at Cornish College of the Arts, where she also received her Bachelors of Music. She is currently working on her Masters of Composition at the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Throughout her dazzling career, Dawn has played with some of the brightest luminaries in contemporary jazz and has appeared at prestigious venues across the globe. Her accolades have been numerous. Highlights include invitations to play at the Mary Lou Williams Piano Competition at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC and the International Martial Solal Jazz Piano Competition in Paris; being selected for the International Association of Jazz Educators' first "Sisters in Jazz" quintet; touring the U.S. with the Sabella Consort and the Rubin/Clement Piano Dialogues; performing in Peru with the Johnaye Kendrick Quartet; teaching at the Centrum Jazz Workshop in Port Townsend and winning three Golden Ear Awards from Seattle's Earshot Jazz, as well as being a featured profile in Earshot magazine. She has also released five CDs to date: "hush," "Break," "Christmas with Dawn," "Turn Me Again" and "Tempest Cobalt."

Roxy Coss

Musician/Composer Roxy Coss has become one of the most unique and innovative saxophonists of her generation, a voice of the Millennial Movement in Jazz. Winner of a 2016 ASCAP Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award, the Downbeat Critics’ Polls listed her on the "Rising Star" list for Soprano Saxophone the past three years. Originally from Seattle and now a fixture on the New York scene, Roxy has performed extensively around the United States, Canada, and Europe.

As a side-woman, Coss has performed nationally and internationally with Jazz greats such as Clark Terry at the world-famous Blue Note Jazz Club, Louis Hayes at historic Minton’s in Harlem, and the Claudio Roditi big band. She has appeared with the Mingus Big Band, which is in residence at the Jazz Standard in NYC.

Roxy graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2008 from William Paterson University with a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies/Performance. In 2011, she was chosen to participate in both the prestigious Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead Residency Workshop at the Kennedy Center.

Savannah Harris

Savannah Harris is a drummer and writer currently studying journalism at Howard University, where she writes the Hilltop newspaper’s “Femiknowledge” column. Growing up in Oakland, CA, she learned drums at an early age, studying with her father Fred Harris and her step-father Khalil Shaheed. A member of the Howard University Jazz Ensemble, she has also performed independently with names such as Geri Allen and Marcus Belgrave. In 2014 she joined the world-renowned faculty at NJPAC’s All-Female Jazz Residency Week. 

Erica von Kleist

Renowned flautist, saxophonist, composer and educator Erica von Kleist has been a performing artist and teacher worldwide for over two decades. A native of Connecticut, and Essentially Ellington alumna, Erica moved to New York to hone her skills at the Juilliard School, and in 2004 earned the first Bachelor’s degree in jazz in the school’s history. After graduation she launched her career as a sideman through touring, recording and performing with the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra, Chris Potter, Wynton Marsalis and the JLCO, Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society, Bebo Valdez, Cachao, Celia Cruz, Kristin Chenoweth and Seth MacFarlane, among many others. She is the recipient of several honors, including the ASCAP Young Jazz Composer’s Award, and the Martin E. Segal Award from Lincoln Center, and has been voted many times as a “Rising Star” and “Critic’s Pick” in Downbeat Magazine.

Erica has been a guest clinician at the Juilliard School, Stanford University, Jazz at Lincoln Center, University of Montana, and has done outreach work at the conservatories in Havana, Cuba.