Application Deadline – October 31, 2020 – 11:59pm PST

In an effort to support JEN’s overall commitment to represent and cultivate diversity and inclusion in jazz, the Jazz Education Network (JEN) Women in Jazz Committee has re-established the Sisters in Jazz Collegiate Combo Competition. Through this exemplary program, full-time university students identifying as young women or non-binary jazz artists ages 18-29 will audition and be selected to perform in the Sisters in Jazz quintet.

2021 Sisters in Jazz Selectees will rehearse and receive feedback from this year’s director, Ingrid Jensen, via online platforms. The quintet will prepare two charts to record and premier at the 2021 JEN Conference hosted online in January.

Photo by René Huemer


Sisters In Jazz


Ingrid Jensen

Ingrid Jensen has been hailed as one of the most gifted trumpeters of her generation. After graduating from Berklee College of Music in 1989, she went on to record three highly acclaimed CDs for the ENJA record label, soon becoming one of the most in-demand trumpet players on the global jazz scene.

Click below to learn more about Ingrid Jensen.


Sisters in Jazz alumnae include such renowned artists as Sara Caswell, Dawn Clement, Anat Cohen, Anne Drummond, Rosana Eckert, Tia Fuller, Linda May Han Oh, Tina Raymond, Chihiro Yamanaka, and many more.

And, now, your name can be added to the list.

Sisters in Jazz Alumnae


Rehearsal online via Zoom. Selectees will premier a pre-recorded performance at the 2021 JEN Conference hosted online in January.


  • Domi Edson – Bass
  • Misaki Nakamichi – Drums
  • Maya Keren – Piano
  • Kate Williams – Trumpet
  • Zahria Sims – Saxophone


  • Colleen Clark – drums
  • Sarah Hanahan – alto saxophone
  • Summer Kodama – bass
  • Marion Powers – voice
  • Franchesca Romero – piano


  • Ashley Baker – alto sax
  • Christie Dashiell – voice
  • Judith Goldbach – bass
  • Julia Brav – piano
  • Shirazette Tinnin – drums


  • Chelsea Baratz – tenor sax
  • Sharel Cassity – alto, soprano sax
  • Vanessa McGowan – bass
  • Mika Nishimura- piano
  • Tina Raymond – drums


  • Misty Boyce – piano
  • Caroline Davis – alto sax
  • Lauren Falls – bass
  • Melissa Gardiner – trombone
  • Lorie Wolf – drums


  • Lakecia Benjamin – alto sax
  • Jacquelyn Coleman – trumpet
  • Delandria Mills – flute
  • Hanne Pulli – drums
  • Maeve Royce – bass
  • Carmen Staaf – piano


  • Ariel Alexander – alto, soprano sax
  • Brenda Earle – piano
  • Maria Joyner – drums
  • Linda Oh – bass
  • Janelle Reichman – tenor sax


  • Kara Baldus – piano
  • Elizabeth Goodfellow – drums
  • Nicole Johaenntgen – alto, soprano sax
  • Jennifer Krupa – trombone
  • Ashley Summers – bass


  • Renee Marie Cruz – bass
  • Alyssa Falk – drums
  • Becky Noble – alto sax
  • Tineke Postma – alto sax
  • Daniela Schaechter – piano


  • Airelle Besson – trumpet
  • Laila Biali – piano
  • Karine Chapdelaine – bass
  • Tara Davidson – alto, soprano sax
  • Sandra Hempel – guitar
  • Kimberly Thompson – drums


  • Brandi Disterheft – bass
  • Anne Drummond – flute
  • Lisa Kelly Scott – voice
  • Karen Teperberg – drums
  • Chihiro Yamanaka – piano


  • Rosana Calderon Eckert – voice
  • Rachel Eckroth – piano
  • Tia Fuller – alto sax
  • Karin Harris – trombone
  • Erin Marie Roberts – bass
  • Angie Tabor – drums


  • Sara Caswell – violin
  • Dawn Clement – piano
  • Anat Cohen – tenor sax, clarinet
  • Loraine Faina – drums
  • Jodi Proznick – bass


All applicants must be:

  • A full-time college student, concurrently taking a minimum of 12 undergraduate hours or six graduate hours
  • A JEN Individual or eJEN Member

Application Requirements

All applicants must submit the following by October 31:

1.An application form

2. Recording Submission: Preferred format mp3 (M4A or wav files also accepted)

Four individual audio recording files of your best playing, total recording time not to exceed 25 minutes. (Video recordings not accepted.):

  • a ballad
  • a medium-tempo blues (swing)
  • an up-tempo rhythm changes tune (swing)
  • a straight eighth tune (Latin, rock, funk, or original composition)

Vocalists and horn players:  play the head, take several choruses of solo and take the head out.

Pianists, bassists and guitarists: comp the changes or walk a chorus before soloing if not also accompanying a horn or vocal soloist and demonstrating those abilities. Using an existing recording that is not specifically in this format will be also be accepted, however.

Drummers: Everyone should play “Now’s the Time” as the blues selection and play the melody orchestrated around the set on the head in and out. Blues and rhythm changes should include trading 4s or full chorus solos. One tune, either blues or rhythm changes should include time playing with brushes as well as sticks.  If some individual tracks are longer and include several soloists, indicate on the application at what time trading or solo choruses begin on those tracks.

3. One letter of recommendation 

  • You will submit the email address of one recommender in your application.
  • Upon submission of the application, they will receive an email with a link to upload the letter on your behalf to Acceptd.

4. A bio, resume, or CV listing pertinent musical experiences.

5. A copy of college transcript or other proof of concurrent full-time enrollment in an accredited college, university, or conservatory (a minimum of 12 undergraduate or six graduate hours)



Application Deadline

October 31, 2020

11:59 PST


Membership required to be eligible.

eJEN or JEN Individual

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2020 sisters in jazz


2020 Sisters In Jazz Selectee

Domi Edson

Domi Edson’s music career has taken her all over the country.  A bassist originally from Seattle, she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Classical Bass Performance from Central Washington University and is currently pursuing a Master of Music degree in Jazz Studies from the University of Northern Colorado. She maintains a lively performance schedule in Colorado and Wyoming, and has been the house bassist for the Boxley Pro-Am Big Band, played at the JEN conference, Seattle radio station KNKX and with Washington Symphonies. Domi has also performed with her heroes John Clayton, Dawn Clement, Terell Stafford and Brian Lynch. A passionate educator, Domi served as a faculty member at the SheBop Young Women in Jazz workshop and works as a graduate teaching assistant at UNC.  She is thrilled and honored to be selected for the 2020 JEN Conference as a Sister in Jazz. –

2020 Sisters In Jazz Selectee

Maya Keren

Maya Keren is a Philadelphia-raised pianist and composer currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Music at Princeton University. Maya has had the privilege of participating in Lincoln Center’s Summer Jazz Academy and the Kimmel Center Creative Music Program with Anthony Tidd.


At Princeton, both Maya plays in large and small ensembles directed by Darcy James Argue and program head Rudresh Mahanthappa. Last year, Maya studied with Kris Davis. This year she will continue her studies with Angelica Sanchez.

In the summer of 2019, Maya attended the Banff International Workshop for Jazz & Creative Music. She will be touring Europe with Julien Chang’s indie-rock-jazz band during the fall of 2019.

Instagram: @mayakerenmusic



2020 Sisters In Jazz Selectee

Misaki Nakamichi

Misaki Nakamichi is a drummer from Osaka, Japan. She started playing the drums at the age of 10 and has performed in various styles including jazz, funk/fusion, Latin, and pop. She received a Bachelor of Music in Performance from Berklee College of Music as the full tuition scholarship recipient. In 2016, she moved to New York City where she played with various bands. In 2017, she was selected to be a part of Betty Carter Jazz Ahead, which is held in Washington, D.C. In the same year, she played with Mao Soné Quartet at NY Blue Note and Blues Alley (Washington D.C.). She was also on stage with Tiger Okoshi at Blues Alley. She has received numerous awards and honors such as “Yokohama Jazz Promenade Competition 2010 Grand-Prix and Best Player Award”, “Kanazawa Jazz Competition 2010 Grand-Prix”, “Yamaha Young Performing Artists 2015 Jazz winner” to name a few. Currently, Misaki is pursuing her Master’s degree at the Berklee Global Jazz Institute.

2020 Sisters In Jazz Selectee

Zahria Sims

Zahria Sims is a 2018 graduate of Baton Rouge Magnet High School, in Baton Rouge, LA and is currently a student at Loyola University in New Orleans, LA majoring in Music Business with a concentration in jazz studies/performance.  Over the years, Zahria has had many interests including basketball, cheerleading, volleyball, and track. However, music is the activity that captivated her the most. She started playing the piano at 7 years old, and when she was 12 she picked up the saxophone and fell in love. The rest is history. She is now studying music, recording and performing at various events throughout Baton Rouge and New Orleans. She has performed or opened with EBR All-Parish Middle School Jazz Band (2014); LMEA All State Jazz Band (2017, 2016, 2015, 2014); EBR All-Parish High School Jazz Band (2018, 2017, 2016, 2015,); performed with Mid City Jazz Festival Resident Band (2017); opened up for Kenny Garrett at the Manship Theatre; EBR Talented Music Program. Some of her accolades include Loyola University Jazz Festival Outstanding Soloist Award – 2016 & 2017; Loyola Jazz Camp Scholarship Recipient – 2016 & 2017; and BRCC Mid City Jazz Festival Outstanding Soloist – 2017.

2020 Sisters In Jazz Selectee

Kate Williams

Kate Williams is from Vacaville, California, where she graduated from Vanden High School in 2018.  Kate Williams started playing jazz in 6th grade while living in Anchorage, Alaska. In California, she has been involved in a number of bay area student and professional groups, including the SFJazz High School All-Stars big band and combo, the Marcus Shelby orchestra, and the Electric Squeezebox Orchestra.  She has received numerous awards for her compositions and arrangements. Now 19 years old, Williams is attending her second year at the University of the Pacific, where she is a member of the Pacific Jazz Ambassadors (previously the Dave Brubeck Institute.)