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What is WIJO?

Women In Jazz Organization (WIJO) is a collective of over 400 professional performing Jazz Musicians who identify as Women or gender Non-Binary. Largely a New York City-based organization, with connections to other individuals and groups nationally and internationally.


What does WIJO do?

WIJO aims to improve the experience of women and non-binary people in Jazz through focusing our work on three main goals:

  • To empower individuals within the organization

  • To create an inclusive environment that fosters solidarity, connects, and strengthens the intersectional community of women and non-binary people in Jazz

  • To address inequalities in Jazz culture and on the Jazz scene


Women in Jazz Organization was founded by NYC Saxophonist Roxy Coss, to address many of the issues that Women and Non-Binary people in the Jazz world are facing on a daily basis.


From there, the WIJO Leadership Team quickly grew to include Vocalists Aubrey Johnson and Tahira Clayton. WIJO officially launched as a collective with its first "Monthly Meeting" in July 2017, which included 12 women in NYC. WIJO has grown to over 400 members, and now includes several committees with respective project directors and coordinators, and even an intern, that work hard to keep things running.

WIJO Mentors Spring Jam Session 2019


Mission Statement:

Women In Jazz Organization intends to help level the playing field in Jazz, so that women and non-binary people have equal opportunity to participate in and contribute to Jazz, leading to an improved and more rich, diverse, and successful art form.