WJMAC will not be hosting a show on Wednesday, September 26th. Instead of our regular concert, we hope you'll go enjoy the show at Caffé Adagio at 7PM featuring David Hazeltine (piano), with Cory Weeds (tenor sax), Michael Glynn (bass), and Julian MacDonough (drums).

See you back at the Sylvia Center on Wednesday, October 3rd at 7PM for the Jared Hall Quartet!

Our Mission Statement

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



WJMAC concerts are held at The Sylvia Center for the Arts, 205 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.

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WJMAC provides 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.

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Coming Up...

Jared Hall Quartet

Wednesday October 3rd 7PM

Seattle-based trumpeter Jared Hall, joined by John Hansen (piano), Greg Feingold (bass), and Matt Jorgensen (drums)

The Bill Anschell Trio

Wednesday October 10th 7PM

Power trio from Seattle playing originals and spontaneously redefined standards.