WJMAC concerts are held at The Sylvia Center for the Arts, 205 Prospect St, Bellingham, Washington, 98225.
At the Whatcom Jazz Music Arts Center (WJMAC), 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.
WJMAC provides (through the very hard work of Julian MacDonough), some of the best jazz to be heard in the northwest on a consistent basis.
Audiences have enjoyed the music of Thomas Marriott, Jacob Zimmerman, Champian 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.
The delightful pianist who anchors the piano bench for Jeff Hamilton, Tamir Hendelman, leads a trio with Alex Frank and Dean Koba.