WJMAC is ready for Season 5! Our doors are open! The first concert for the 2018-2019 season is Wednesday, September 5th at 7PM at the Sylvia Center for the Arts with the Kevin Woods Quartet presenting the music of the Gerry Mulligan/Chet Baker Quartet! A full printed calendar of Wednesdays (and one Tuesday!) will be available at the September 5th show. In the mean time, keep checking here! Thanks for your patience and support as we work through this transition. We have a great season lined up and we hope you'll join us!

Members get in to every regularly scheduled show for no extra cost. $50/month or $250 for September through the end of January is your admission, a $10 savings to you and a huge support to WJMAC. Memberships are available on the Contribute page.

Hope to see you on September 5th!

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.

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 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.

View a schedule of upcoming events >

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.