The Sirens Big Band was years in the planning – Jess Dunn and Harriet Harding had been talking for a long time about starting an all-female band with a specific focus on attaching a new ethos and sound to the big band format.  The band became a reality in late 2009 when Jess and Harriet received the annual Jann Rutherford Memorial Award, which assists young female jazz musicians at the beginning of their careers

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