Our Mission Statement

  • Provide affordable jazz education to aspiring high school musicians (and others), in order to encourage and cultivate not only future jazz artists, but jazz lovers and audience members.
  • Present the best local, regional and national jazz artists.

About WJMAC

Location

WJMAC concerts are held at The Sylvia Center for the Arts, 205-207 Prospect St, Bellingham, Washington, 98225.



Combo Classes


Photo by Leon James Photography

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.

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.

Find out more about WJMAC combo classes >

Concerts

WJMAC provides some of the best jazz to be heard in the Northwest on a consistent basis. Audiences have enjoyed the music of Emmet Cohen Trio, Bill Anschell, Roy McCurdy, Naomi Moon Siegel, 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 Arête 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.

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Coming Up...

Jared Hall Quartet featuring Tal Cohen

Wednesday March 27th, 7PM

On Tal Cohen: “... A special talent that needs to be heard. Check him out!” - George Garzone

Cory Weeds Quartet

Wednesday April 3rd 7PM