2018 WJMAC Jazz Performance Summer Camp

The WJMAC summer camp is a five-day jazz performance intensive in downtown Bellingham from 10AM - 5PM every day, July 16-20, 2018.

Camp activities and topics include combo rehearsals, improvisation instruction, jazz theory, individual instrument instruction, master classes, jazz history, ear training, and skills for life as a professional jazz musician. Instructors include jazz musicians and educators Kevin Woods, Brad Shigeta, Roger Yamashita, and Julian MacDonough.

Tuition is $300. $150 deposit required by June 1st.

SPACE IS LIMITED, so register early!

To register, download a registration form by clicking this link and mail it along with your deposit to: WJMAC, PO Box 312, Bellingham, WA 98227.

Feel free to contact us at info@wjmac.org with questions or for further information.

Student Combo Classes

Jazz Combo classes happen every Sunday from 12:00 - 2:00 PM at WWU, and every Monday from 7:00 - 9:00 PM at the Sylvia Center for the Arts. Contact us for more information.

Photo by Leon James Photography

Every Sunday, students will be rehearsed and instructed by some of the best jazz musicians in the northwest. Students will learn basic song forms like blues and rhythm changes as well as standard songs of the jazz idiom. They will learn how to perform and interact in a small group setting, how to improve their soloing, reading, and improvising skills.

Some of the combos for more advanced students will be themed and based in the style of an historic jazz band such as the Art Blakey and the Jazz Messenger's combo, Miles Davis combo, Horace Silver combo etc. Students will have the opportunity to perform multiple concerts at the venue space itself and will learn how to plan a proper set list and prepare for, and run a gig.

The monthly tuition covers the weekly rehearsals but also includes full membership at WJMAC so that the students can hear all of the greats groups performing, without additional cost.

Student Combo/Membership: $125/month

Student Membership Includes:

  • Weekly jazz combo classes led by some of the region's best jazz musicians.
  • Full membership to attend all concerts at WJMAC free of charge.
  • Performing multiple times for the public.

The Jazz Combo program begins in October with instructors mentoring students in jazz combo performance and improvisation. The program hopes to grow jazz talent and jazz awareness in students of all ages through these weekly classes, as well as giving them the opportunity to hear the music performed live.

Send an email to info@wjmac.org to enroll >

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Coming Up...

From NYC: Vincent Herring Quartet!

Wednesday June 20th at 7PM

Vincent Herring (alto and soprano saxophone), Dave Kikoski (piano), Yasushi Nakamura (bass), Carl Allen (drums)

Adam Thomas

Wednesday June 27th at 7PM

Canadian Adam Thomas, (guitar and vocals) closes out our season in style.