Only 19 years old and a Berklee freshman, jazz saxophonist Hailey Niswanger has an impressive list of accomplishments that stretch far beyond her hometown of Portland, Oregon.
In both 2006 and 2007, Hailey received scholarships to attend the Berklee Summer Jazz Workshop in Boston under the direction of Terri Lyne Carrington. She performed at the 2007 IAJE conference in New York with the Pacific Crest Jazz Orchestra and Combo.
In both 2007 and 2008, Niswanger performed with the Grammy Jazz Ensemble in Hollywood and the Jazz Band of America in Indianapolis. In 2007, she performed at the pre-festival events for the Monterey Jazz Festival and in 2008, she toured with the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, including a performance at the North Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam, Holland, and on the main stage of the Monterey Jazz Festival.
Hailey won the 2008 Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Saxophone Competition at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and was a featured artist at the Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival in 2009.
Niswanger has performed with a long list of jazz greats, including George Duke, Phil Woods, Christian McBride, and McCoy Tyner.
She released her debut CD, Confeddie, this year.