wjmac fundraiser

A special concert will be held at Unity Spiritual Center on Sunday, June 5th, 2016 at 7:00 pm. featuring the Mike Allen Quartet. This will be a reunion of the original quartet, also (formerly) known as the WWU Faculty Jazz Collective. This quartet consists of Mike Allen, tenor and soprano saxophones; Miles Black, piano; Adam Thomas, bass; and Bellingham's own Julian MacDonough, drums. It is a fundraising benefit for the Whatcom Jazz Music Arts Center, a 501c(3) non-profit dedicated to educating young musicians in the demanding setting of the small jazz combo.

At the Whatcom Jazz Music Arts Center (WJMAC) the students are mentored by professional Northwest jazz musicians and have the opportunity to learn sight reading, soloing and improvising in the "pressure cooker" of the small group. After several months in the program, these young musicians are playing and working together at a proficiency commonly achieved at only the college level, giving them a huge head start on their professional careers. Much more than just creating entertainers, this type of study fosters in kids a high level of discipline and creative thinking.

Unity will be providing the space for the combo classes and the weekly concerts after the end of June. There is ample parking, easy wheelchair access, and very comfy chairs awaiting you!

Admission to the Mike Allen Quartet show is $15.00, with all funds going to WJMAC. Help support the work of the Whatcom Jazz Music Arts Center, and kick off Unity's partnership with music education! Refreshments will be available.

Come out and hear a fantastic group on Sunday June 5th - 7:00 pm!

Get directions to 1095 Telegraph Rd, Bellingham, WA 98226 with Google Maps.

the wjmac access pass

WJMAC.ORG provides (through the very hard work of Julian MacDonough), some of the best jazz to be heard in the northwest on a consistent basis. Those who have attended, have enjoyed the music of Thomas Marriott, Jacob Zimmerman, Champion Fulton, Cory Weeds, The Small's All Stars, Harold Mabern, Milo Petersen, Jennifer Scott, Gretta Matassa, Kelley Johnson, Jimmy Heath, Saul Cline, Josh Cook, Kareem Kandi, George Colligan, Cole Schuster, Greg Feingold, The Arete Quartet, Adam Thomas, Jillian Lebeck, Mark Taylor, Steve Kaldestad, Louis Hayes and the Cannonball Adderley Band, Kevin Woods, Joe Manis, Marcus Printup, The Joey DeFrancesco Trio, Peter and Will Anderson and The Jeff Hamilton Trio - just to name a few. Additionally, the exceptional music of the Miles Black Trio, is the WJMAC house band, comprised of Miles Black - piano, Michael Glynn - bass and Julian MacDonough - drums.

The WJMAC $25 Access Pass can be purchased at the door and is good for the four week time period, shown and validated on the back of the card. The pass covers access to local shows. National shows for WJMAC Access cardholders and members are discounted. The cost is a tax deductable donation to support a great music cause. Please support Jazz in Bellingham by contributing to the WJMAC.ORG program.

the wjmac

The Whatcom Jazz Music Arts Center is a new all ages nonprofit 501c3 performance and education space located in the downstairs portion of the Majestic (1027 N.Forest st) in Bellingham Washington. The 100 person capacity performance space and multiple class rooms make WJMAC an intimate and comfortable venue for us to bring the best local, regional, and national jazz acts to Bellingham as well as providing weekly jazz combo instruction by some of the Northwest's most respected musicians.

Spearheaded by northwest drummer and educator Julian MacDonough, the goal of WJMAC is to provide an all ages space for high quality jazz performance from local, regional and national acts, as well as to offer the best jazz combo instruction in the northwest, taught by some of this areas finest musicians.

We are a 501c3 nonprofit through the Boxley's Music Fund, a jazz club and all ages education venue/restaurant based in North Bend Washington. We are following the successful model that Boxley's has established for presenting jazz and jazz education for the past 5 years in North Bend Washington. We want to replicate that model to achieve what it has done for jazz awareness and educational opportunities there, for the people living in Bellingham. Although we are affiliated and have our nonprofit status through the Bolxley Music Fund, all proceeds, membership and funds donated to WJMAC are kept in Bellingham and used solely for the Whatcom Jazz Music Arts Center.

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