Note: All WJMAC events are held at the The Sylvia Center for the Arts, 205-207 Prospect St, Bellingham unless otherwise listed.

Jazz Combos

For the 2018-2019 season, combo classes are held every Monday from 7-9pm at the Sylvia Center for the Arts. Click here for more information.

Upcoming Performances

  • Stuart MacDonald Plays and Sings and Plays!  With special guest Thomas Marriott, trumpet.

    Wednesday September 25th 7PM

    Seattle Saxophonist, bandleader, and educator Stuart MacDonald presents an
    evening of classic jazz and original music, with a few vocal numbers thrown in for good measure.
    Tonight will feature award-winning trumpeter Thomas Marriott, WJMAC stellar mainstay
    Michael Glynn on bass, rising star of the Seattle jazz scene, Dylan Hayes on piano, and Remy Morritt on drums.

    Location: Sylvia Center for the Arts, 207 Prospect St, Bellingham, WA

    Cost: $10 general, $5 students, WJMAC members FREE

    Lineup: Stuart MacDonald (saxophones), Thomas Marriott (trumpet), Michael Glynn (bass), Dylan Hayes (piano), and Remy Morritt (drums).

    Program subject to change. Tickets sold at the door beginning at 6PM. Doors at 6:30. First come, first seated.

  • JAZZ WALK 2019!

    Wednesday October 2nd 6-10:00 PM

    JAZZ WALK 2019! A great night out for a great cause--it's a fundraiser for the WJMAC Education Program!
    Six terrific venues with ten awesome bands--check out downtown Bellingham and catch them all!

    Tickets are available ahead of time at any regular WJMAC show, or online at: https://jazzwalk2019.brownpapertickets.com

    Thank you to JAZZ WALK sponsors: THE BELLINGHAM CIDER COMPANY, The City of Bellingham, The Sylvia Center for the Arts, Ralph and Helene Kolin and Individual (Anonymous) Donors

    Location: Sylvia Center for the Arts Lucas Hicks Theatre: NYC's The Groover Quartet: Mike LeDonne, Eric Alexander, Peter Bernstein,and Joe Farnsworth, 8-10:00PM
    Sylvia Center for the Arts Studio Theatre: Miles Black with Kevin Woods 6:30-7:45
    Caffe Adagio: 6:00-7:00 MANTrio with Sage Romey, 7:15-8:45 Greta Matassa
    Brandywine: 6:30-7:30 Thomas Harris Quartet; 7:45-9:00 Mark Taylor Trio
    Camber: 6:30-7:30 Steve Kaldestad Trio; 7:45-9:00 Milo Petersen Trio
    The Cabin: 6:00-7:00 Jerry Steinhilber Trio; 7:15-9:00 Arête Quartet with Joe Doria

    Cost: $25 general, $10 students, WJMAC members FREE

    Lineup: See the JAZZ WALK page for more detail.

    Program subject to change. First come, first seated. The Cabin is a 21+ venue.

  • Naomi Moon Siegel Quartet

    Wednesday October 9th 7PM

    Trombonist, composer and educator Siegel is an active collaborator in the Northwest music scene. She is a winner of an Earshot Jazz Golden Ear Award for Emerging Artist of the Year, she is a member of Wayne Horvitz’s Royal Room Collective Music Ensemble, and has played with such luminaries as Skerik, Stuart Dempster, March Fourth Marching Band, Das Racist, Allison Miller, Rene Hart, Terry Riley, Julian Priester, and Tata Dindin and The Salaam Band. Siegel records and performs internationally. Her music fuses “folk melodies with fantastical soundscapes and tight grooves, she plays her own style of indie-folk/pop/jazz that transcends genre. Her music is introspective and celebratory, intimate and full.” -naomimoonsiegel.com

    Location: Sylvia Center for the Arts, 207 Prospect St, Bellingham, WA 98227

    Cost: $15 general, $5 students, WJMAC members FREE

    Lineup: Siegel (composer, trombone), Marina Albero (piano), Kelsey Mines (bass), Chris Icasiano (drums).

    Tickets available at the door after 6PM. Doors at 6:30. First come, first seated. Program subject to change.

    Website: http://www.naomimoonsiegel.com

  • East-West Alliance featuring Jay Thomas

    Wednesday October 16th 7PM

    When Yasuhiro Kohama was studying in New York in 1984 he had an epiphany while watching the Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra at the Village Vanguard: he realized he would devote his life to creating groups to work together as human beings to create something beautiful. He has been leading big bands and small groups ever since. This group of incredible musicians from Japan and the US includes the renowned SRJO chair of 25 years, Phil Sparks; Atsushi Ikeda, one of the most famous sax players in Japan; Maya Hatch (Roosevelt High School jazz program-to the New School, NYC-to Tokyo); Daisuke Kurata from Japan who studied at the New School and often played the Sportsman's Club in Harlem; Yuri Hirate, spirited pianist; and PNW’s own indomitable Jay Thomas on trumpet and sax. Jay has been selected as a resident artist for this year's Earshot Jazz Festival, which is also featuring this band. This project is one of a kind. Don’t miss it.

    Location: Sylvia Center for the Arts, 207 Prospect St, Bellingham, WA 98227

    Cost: $15 general, $5 students, WJMAC members FREE

    Lineup: Yasuhiro Kohama (tenor and soprano sax), Atsushi Ikeda (alto sax), Jay Thomas (trumpet, sax), Maya Hatch (vocals), Yuki Hirate (piano, trumpet), Phil Sparks (bass), and Daisuke Kurata (drums)

    Tickets at the door after 6PM. Doors at 6:30. First come, first seated. Program subject to change.

  • Mike Allen Quartet

    Wednesday October 23rd 7PM

    Musician, composer and educator Mike Allen is no stranger to the WJMAC stage. Since he was last at WJMAC as a band leader, Allen has recorded "Just Like Magic" with Peter Washington and Lewis Nash at the renowned ed Van Gelder studio in NJ. From well-loved standards, to lesser-known gems, to original compositions, Allen delivers impeccable, sumptuous jazz.

    Location: Sylvia Center for the Arts, 207 Prospect St, Bellingham, WA, 98227

    Cost: $10 general, $5 students, WJMAC members FREE

    Lineup: Mike Allen (tenor sax), Miles Black (piano), Jeff Johnson (bass), Eric Eagle (drums)

    Tickets at the door after 6PM. Doors at 6:30. First come, first seated. Program subject to change.

  • Charlie Porter Quintet

    Wednesday October 30th 7PM

    Internationally acclaimed, multiple award-winning jazz trumpeter and composer Porter relocated to the PNW from NYC where he played with, among many others, Paquito D’Rivera, Charli Persip, Joe Zawinul, David Burger’s Sultans of Swing and the Mingus Big Band. Wynton Marsalis describes Charlie’s playing as “fiery and intelligent.” He last played at WJMAC with the Nick Biello sextet. Porter is an artist not to be missed.

    Location: Sylvia Center for the Arts, 207 Prospect St, Bellingham, WA 98227

    Cost: $15 general, $5 students, WJMAC members FREE

    Lineup: Charlie Porter (composer, trumpet); Nick Biello (tenor sax); Jon Lakey (bass); Alan Jones (drums), TBA (piano)

    Tickets available at the door after 6PM. Doors at 6:30. First come, first seated. Program subject to change.

    Website: https://charlieportermusic.com

Coming Up...

Seattle native saxophonist, bandleader, and educator MacDonald with his quartet!

Naomi Moon Siegel Quartet

Wednesday October 9th at 7PM

Naomi Moon Siegel brings her singular, transcendent style back to WJMAC.