Milo Petersen Trio featuring world renowned drummer IGNACIO BERROA!

Drummer, educator, speaker, Grammy winner Berroa—Dizzy Gillespie’s drummer from 1981-Gillespie’s passing in 1993—is widely recognized as one of the greatest drummers of our time, in both Afro-Cuban and American jazz styles.

Tuesday January 28th at 7 PM at Caffé Adagio, 1435 Railroad Ave in Bellingham. (Corner of Railroad and Champion.)

Tickets at the door after 6:30: $15 general, $10 students.

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.

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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 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...

Matt Jorgensen Quintet

Wednesday January 29th, 7PM

Jorgensen with Thomas Marriott, Michael Glynn, Rex Gregory, and Dylan Hayes

Alexis Cole with Cory Weeds

Wednesday, February 5th at 7 PM