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

Jazz Combos

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. Click here for more information.

Upcoming Performances

  • Michael Van Bebber Quartet

    Wednesday , April 25, 7PM

    Michael was raised in Seattle, and graduated from the University of Washington before going on to earn two M.A. degrees in classical trumpet and composition at Truman State University, and a D.M.A. in Jazz Studies from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. He performed many years as a member of the renowned Eastman Jazz Ensemble, and has shared the stage with many notable jazz artists including Lee Konitz, John Pizzarelli, the Woody Herman Band, Walt Weiskopf, Chuck Mangione, Jeff Beal, Walter White, John Fedchock, Pat LaBarbara, Marvin Stamm, and Bill Dobbins. He has also appeared several times at the Rochester International Jazz Festival, in both quintet and big band settings.

    Location: WJMAC at the Sylvia Center, 205 Prospect Ave., Bellingham

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

    Lineup: Michael Van Bebber (trumpet) John Hansen (piano), Michael Glynn (bass), Julian MacDonough (drums)

  • Return to the Jazz Forest

    Wednesday, May 2, 7 PM

    The creatures that inhabit the Jazz Forest are 12 highly skilled musical humans all seeking the amazing synchronicity of a polished string quartet, but with the exuberance and innovation of the greatest jazz artists. Founded by veteran Hollywood Composer, arranger, and producer Ron Jones, Jazz Forest is a vehicle of his creative imagination. After spending 37 years scoring many of the most popular TV shows, Ron returned to the Northwest not to relax but to become even more involved with music, the art and craft and with the community of musicians. This group is very special, very different from most other Jazz groups. The goal is to take the listener into an inner world that is alive with fun, alive with possibility and where music and musicians can run free. Come to the forest and let go of the normal, the predictable, the same old -same old. Come to the Forest of Jazz.

    Location: The Studio Theatre at the Sylvia Center, 205 Prospect Ave., Bellingham

    Cost: General admission $20, WJMAC members $10, students $5

    Lineup: Ron Jones, composer and arranger, conducting a 16 piece band of great musicians, featuring Pete Christlieb on tenor sax.

    Website: http://ronjonesproductions.com

  • NYC Pianist Tardo Hammer Trio

    Wednesday, May 9, 7 PM

    WJMAC has managed to score one after another great musician who has been regularly featured at Smalls’ Jazz Club in Greenwich Village. Tardo Hammer’s 162 performances there since 2007 testify to his talent on the keyboard, whether as a sideman or leading his own group. Tonight he’s bringing two of his regular cohorts, Lee Hudson on bass and Steve Williams on drums.

    Location: The Studio Theatre at the Sylvia Center, 205 Prospect Ave., Bellingham

    Cost: General admission $20, WJMAC members $10, students $5

    Lineup: Tardo Hammer (piano), Lee Hudson (bass), Steve Williams (drums)

    Website: http://www.tardohammer.com/index.html

  • Grammy Winning Trumpeter Brian Lynch

    Wednesday, May 16, 7 PM

    “Brilliant . . . two steps ahead of the ordinary ear.” Reuters News
    “Lynch demonstrates that a dedicated, knowledgeable jazzman can play a diversity of styles with telling authenticity, and make the renditions extremely appealing to both musician and neophyte…Lynch is simply first-rate.” Zan Stewart, Downbeat

    What more needs to be said? - with 17 recordings as a leader and over 200 as a sideman with the likes of Art Blakey, Horace Silver, Eddie Palmieri, Toshiko Akiyoshi, and Phil Woods, trumpeter Brian Lynch should not be missed. The Professor of Jazz and Studio Music at the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music will be supported by the WJMAC house trio of John Hansen (piano), Michael Glynn (bass), and Julian MacDonough (drums).

    Location: The Studio Theatre at the Sylvia Center, 205 Prospect Ave., Bellingham.

    Cost: General admission $20, WJMAC members $10, students $5

    Lineup: Brian Lynch (trumpet), John Hansen (piano), Michael Glynn (bass), Julian MacDonough (drums)

    Website: http://brianlynchjazz.com

  • Mabes and Terrel Together!!!

    Wednesday, May 23, 7 PM

    What a night this is going to be – the incredible Harold Mabern on piano teamed up with Terrel Stafford’s stellar trumpet playing. Separately, both of these artists have dazzled the WJMAC audiences before; we can’t wait to hear what they will do together! Considering that Terrel celebrated Lee Morgan on his wonderful recording BrotherLee Love while Harold was Morgan’s pianist, there should be a real connection here. Of course, having Cory Weeds’ tenor sax adds more spice to the mix. Michael Glynn on bass and Julian MacDonough on drums.

    Location: The Studio Theatre at the Sylvia Center, 205 Prospect Ave., Bellingham.

    Cost: General admission $20, WJMAC members $10, students $5

    Lineup: Harold Mabern (piano), Terrel Stafford (trumpet), Cory Weeds (tenor sax), Michael Glynn (bass), Julian MacDonough (drums)

    Website: http://haroldmabern.jazzgiants.net; http://www.terellstafford.com

  • Brad Shigeta Quartet

    Wednesday, May 30, 7 PM

    Canadian trombonist Brad Shigeta’s experience in several name big bands (Illinois Jacquet, Dave Holland, Ellington, Vince Giordano) honed his ability to swing, and he is well versed in the style of the 1920’s-30’s hot jazz. We know that’s not all he can do, however, as Brad was one of the WJMAC summer jazz camp instructors last year. Tonight he will be leading a quartet with the WJMAC house trio.

    Location: The Studio Theatre at the Sylvia Center, 205 Prospect Ave., Bellingham.

    Cost: General admission $10, students $5, WJMAC members free

    Lineup: Brad Shigeta (trombone), John Hansen (piano), Michael Glynn (bass), Julian MacDonough (drums)

    Website: http://bradshigeta.com

Coming Up...

Michael Van Bebber Quartet

Wednesday April 25th 7PM at the Sylvia Center

Michael Van Bebber (trumpet) John Hansen (piano), Michael Glynn (bass), Julian MacDonough (drums)

Ron Jones’ Big Band Jazz Forest with Pete Christlieb

Wednesday May 2nd 7PM at the Sylvia Center

The big sound of the jazz forest returns!