Initially, band leader of J Band, then of BraMa Band in 1997 which name was changed to JiLLY LiKUMAHUWA with Her Banda Bra-Ma. Jilly does not only play Brazilian Jazz, Bossa Nova & Samba, but also Batucada, Forro, MPB, Samba Cancao, Pagode, Musica Sertaneja, Axe, and a variety of Brazilian rhythm & music.

To seriously explore her music interests, she had lived in Brazil for a while to soak in the culture.

With the young all-ladies jazz band, Jazzy Juice, she goes into jazzier territory.