• Save the date! End-of-Summer/Pre-Season-6 Concert on Wednesday, August 28th! Join us on the patio of the Bellingham Cider Company for some end-of-summer al fresco dining, and some get-ready-for-season-6 great jazz with the Thomas Harris Quartet! Starts at 7PM. You buy your dinner (or drinks, or share plates, or whatever you like,) and WJMAC supplies the music. See you there!
  • JAZZ WALK 2019! is Wednesday October 2nd…details here soon…
  • Thanks for a great Season 5! Season 6 starts on Wednesday September 4th at 7PM with the phenomenal George Colligan. Hope you’ll join us!

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.



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 >


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...

Thomas Harris Quartet

Wednesday August 28th 7 PM

Get ready for Season 6! Thomas Harris Quartet plays on the patio of the Bellingham Cider Company. Dinner's on you, music's on us!

Josh Cook, Jerry Steinhilber, & King Dahl Trio

Wednesday September 11th at 7PM

Smashing local trio. Start the year right.