El Paso Jazz Girls is a program for young female musicians to learn about jazz, meet each other, play together, and create a support system. Our mission is to empower girls in a supportive community that fosters self-expression, confidence, and collaboration through music education and performance.
Amanda Ekery founded El Paso Jazz Girls to create a practical, direct intervention for gender equality in her hometown's jazz community. After Ekery learned that in the past decade only 7 girls have made Texas Jazz All-State, she began planning and organizing the first El Paso Jazz Girls' clinic in 2018.
El Paso Jazz Girls is a resource for young females. Whether it's improvising, booking your own gigs, navigating college auditions, or needing positive role models to support any of your creative endeavors - El Paso Jazz Girls is here for you.
Please explore this website! There are resources with media links, suggested listening, improvisation 101 packets, and blog posts. We also share upcoming events and future clinic dates/details on the homepage. If you don't see something that you are interested in learning about, or have something cool we should check out, send us an email and connect with us!