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Boshnack Interview Included in Book About Women in Jazz


Since the arrival of the 21st century, jazz has evolved into a truly cross-generational, multicultural musical art form that is assimilating an unprecedented array of musical styles and techniques. At the same time, the male-dominated paradigm that has defined the historical narrative of jazz is no more. Women are shaking up the music industry while the general public is becoming much more aware of the contributions female musicians have made to jazz. “Freedom of Expression: Interviews With Women in Jazz,” a collection of interviews with 37 female musicians, musicians of all ages, nationalities, and races, and representing nearly every style of jazz one can imagine, provides evidence of this profound evolution. The interviewees speak about their earliest experiences playing music, the years of practice required to become a professional musician, and what jazz means in the new millennium. These interviews will inform and inspire both casual and seasoned fans of this music, as well as young musicians taking their first steps in the journey to master their craft. “At long last, an in-depth recognition of the female contributions to jazz. As Dr. Billy Taylor said about the lack of awareness of female musicians: ‘If it isn’t written down, it didn’t happen.’ Now everyone will know that it did happen and continues to happen. What a great gift to the history of women and music.” — Judy Chaikin, director of “The Girls in the Band.”

The interviewees: Mindi Abair – Saxophones; Cheryl Bentyne – Voice; Jane Ira Bloom – Soprano Saxophone; Samantha Boshnack – Trumpet; Dee Dee Bridgewater – Voice; Terri Lyne Carrington – Drums; Sharel Cassity – Saxophones; Anat Cohen – Clarinet, Saxophones; Jean Cook – Violin; Connie Crothers – Piano; Eliane Elias – Piano, Voice; Ayelet Rose Gottlieb – Voice; Lenae Harris- Cello; Val Jeanty – Electronics, Percussion; Jan Leder – Flute; Jennifer Leitham – Double Bass; Carmen Lundy – Voice; Sherrie Maricle – Drums; Jane Monheit – Voice; Jacqui Naylor – Voice; Aurora Nealand – Saxophones, Clarinet; Iris Ornig – Double Bass; Alisha Pattillo – Tenor Saxophone; Roberta Piket – Piano; Cheryl Pyle – Flute; Nicole Rampersaud – Trumpet; Sofia Rei – Voice; Patrizia Scascitelli – Piano; Diane Schuur – Voice; Ellen Seeling – Trumpet; Helen Sung – Piano; Jacqui Sutton – Voice; Mazz Swift – Violin, Voice; Nioka Workman – Cello; Pamela York – Piano; Brandee Younger – Harp; Malika Zarra – Voice

The 328-page book includes 42 photographs, a 24-page history of jazz, and individual introductions to each interview. The interviews are presented in a traditional Q&A format.
[Front cover photo of Connie Crothers by Peter Gannushkin]
About the Author
Chris Becker has written about all styles of music for several print and online publications, including Culturemap Houston, Houston Press. All About Jazz, and Sequenza 21. He is also an active composer of music for dance, film, and mixed-media installations.

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Boshnack is featured in concert at Perez Art Museum Miami

Counter Programming_Samantha Boshnack

Presented by Counter Programming – a jazz music series occurring throughout the month of November at various locations. This evening brings Seattle-based trumpeter, Samantha Boshnack and Miami-based musician, Matthew Evan Taylor, for a night of her compositions and improvisation.
Counter Programming is curated by Matthew Evan Taylor and sponsored by Cannonball, an arts organization dedicated to supporting artists, innovative forms of cultural production, and education to advance critical discourse and understanding of contemporary art practice.​

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Karin Stevens Dance with the Sam Boshnack Quintet

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Karin Stevens Dance with the Sam Boshnack Quintet
October 23 – 24 | 7:30PM October 25 | 6:30PM 
Velocity Dance Center | 1621 12th Ave, Seattle, WA, 98122


An evening of cross-continental contemporary dance – set to high-octane original jazz and part of the UW Dance Program’s 50th Anniversary celebrations.

As part of the University of Washington Dance Program’s 50th Anniversary, encore performance by KSD with the Sam Boshnack Quintet features works by celebrated UW dance artists. From Seattle to Switzerland, artists Karin Stevens (1999 Alum), Penny Hutchinson (Adjunct Faculty and Teaching Artist) and Jürg Koch (Professor 2004-2014) showcase their individual choreographic styles with 5 works set to live original jazz music.

Moved by the recent work of prolific Seattle trumpeter and composer Samantha Boshnack and a desire to build community and expand KSD’s reach, Karin brings together an artistic team of UW alumni, alumni faculty, and 10 new dancers. Back by demand, the four returning works and one new work pull inspiration from man-made and natural powerful local structures like the 99 Viaduct and Puget Sound, lively Juba music, intimate relationships and idiosyncrasies that occur inside of ensemble.

Karin’s three-movement finale work – Dormant, Exploding Syndrome, Ash Cloud – explores unexpected life eruptions with an expanded 10-dancer cast. Using the inspirations for Dormant, Karin aims to raise awareness for the Ben Towne Foundation and Seattle’s revolutionary childhood cancer research.

“Masterful artistry with precise timing, exacting movement and a sophisticated sense of flow. ” – Cyrus Khambatta, Seattle International Dance Festival

Read review of this collaboration from 2014 in Seattle Star


Sam Boshnack Quintet Montana, Idaho and Washington Shows

In the month of June, the Sam Boshnack Quintet is hitting the road playing shows in Montana, Seattle and Olympia.  We will be collaborating with Karin Stevens Dance again as well as playing club shows.

Tuesday, June 9 – 7:30 pm
Eichardt’s Pub (Sandpoint, ID)

Wed, June 10 – 7 pm
Top Hat Lounge (Missoula, Montana)

Friday, June 12 and Saturday June 13  – 7:30 pm
Sam Boshnack Quintet with Karin Stevens Dance
O’Shaugnessy Center presented by Glacier Symphony (Whitefish, Montana)

Thursday, June 18 – 8 pm
Sam Boshnack Quintet at Zero-G Concerts with Fundamental Forces and the Michael Owcharuk Quartet
The Royal Room (Seattle, WA) – Facebook Event

Friday, June 26 – 10 pm
Sam Boshnack Quintet at The Olympia Experimental Music Festival (Olympia, WA)
Eagles Club Grand Ballroom

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B’shnorkestra Premieres Global Concertos May 9, 2015

Bshnorkestra Global Concertos

Saturday, May 9, 2015 – 8pm

Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute
104 17th Avenue South, Seattle

$5-15 suggested donation / All Ages
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Open dress rehearsal with Q & A: May 8 – 8pm

Composer Samantha Boshnack and her B’shnorkestra (a 14-piece alternative chamber orchestra) premiere Global Concertos: an evening of new music featuring an international tour de force of soloists.

Boshnack has written five new works, each showcasing a guest soloist’s instrument and tradition: Thione Diop – West African talking drum, Christos Govetas – Greek clarinet, Srivani Jade – North Indian vocals, Julio Jauregui – Latin American piano and Thomas Marriott – American jazz trumpet. In Global Concertos each artist brings their individual voice to the B’shnorkestra to create a new “all world” sound.

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Global Concertos was made possible, in part by funding from New Music USA, 4Culture and Seattle Office of Arts and Culture.