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 1:30 - 3:30 PM and from 4:00 - 6:00 PM.

Upcoming Performances

  • Greg Ruby and the Rhythm Runners Return!

    Wednesday, October 25, 7-9PM

    Whether you call it "vintage jazz" or "trad jazz" or just damn good jazz, this group will make you want to clap your hands and move your feet. The chance meeting between Greg Ruby and Dennis Lichtman ultimately bore fruit in the birth of the Rhythm Runners, a "prohibition era jazz band." If you are an aficionado of music history and just a fan of good jazz, you will love this triangle of musicians from New York, New Orleans, and the PNW. Don't let anything prohibit you from getting to this show. They will heat it up!

    Location: WJMAC at the Sylvia Center for the Arts, 205 Prospect St., Bellingham

    Cost: $10 General; $5 Students; Members and Combo students free.

    Lineup: Greg Ruby (guitar); Gordon Au (trumpet); Charlie Halloran (trombone); Dennis Lichtman (reeds and mandolin), Jen Hodge (bass), Julian MacDonough (drums)

    Website: http://gregrubymusic.com/, https://www.dennislichtman.com/, https://www.charliehalloran.com/, https://www.GordonAuMusic.com

  • Mike Allen Trio

    Wednesday, November 1, 7-9PM

    Mike Allen has supported WJMAC with his excellent playing repeatedly over the last 3-4 years. While Mike has studied with Joes Lovano and Henderson, he has his own bold and eloquent style. It is always a treat to hear Mike play. A trio setting like this will showcase his talent excellently.

    Location: Whatcom Jazz Music Arts Center at the Sylvia Performing Arts Center

    Cost: $10 General; $5 Students; Members and Combo students free.

    Lineup: Mike Allen (tenor & soprano sax); Michael Glynn (bass) , Julian MacDonough (drums).

    Website: www.mikeallenjazz.com

  • NYC Trumpeter Joe Magnarelli

    Wednesday, November 8, 7-9PM

    Joe Magnarelli (aka "Mags") has been blowing away audiences in NY City for over 30 years, while frequently touring internationally as well. He's been known to pack Small's in Greenwich Village - a club that has been the source of many great performers for the WJMAC stage. "Magnarelli is a stalwart master of strong, lyrical, straight ahead blowing.” (Downbeart magazine) "Joe Magnarelli has all the essentials one looks for in the best jazz musicians. There's his unshakeable time feel that makes his work vigorous and forward moving. His tone is bold yet breathy, and while it recalls Kenny Dorham's or Donald Byrd's, it's more his own than anyone else's. And he crafts captivating, propulsive improvisations, taking fluid bits of sumptuous melody and edgy statements from the jazz lore and ties them together into long enchanting chains of musical thought." (LA Times) He is accompanied by organist Akiko Tsuruga, a recognized performer and composer in her own right, who calls WJMAC favorite Dr. Lonnie Smith her mentor. Of course, we know Mike Allen (tenor sax) and Julian MacDonough (drums) will provide solid support and their own bit of color to the evening.

    Location: WJMAC at the Sylvia Center for the Performing Arts

    Cost: $20 General; $10 WJMAC members; $5 students

    Lineup: Joe Magnarelli (trumpet & flugelhorn), Akiko Tsuruga (organ), Mike Allen (tenor sax), Julian MacDonough (drums)

    Website: http://www.joemagnarelli.com/; www.smallslive.com/artists/1875-akiko-tsuruga/

  • Jazz Walk Feature Concert

    Wednesday, November 15, 7-9PM

    While each of these players has dazzled the WJMAC audiences over the last couple of years, tonight's quintet is a unique combination of their talents. Dawn Clement will be coming off a stint as Resident Artist for the 2017 Earshot Jazz Festival. Mark Taylor just burned up the stage here in September. And Steve Kaldestad's soulful playing is always welcome to visit from Vancouver. Stalwarts Michael Glynn on bass and Julian MacDonough on drums will be laying down the foundation for the night.

    Location: WJMAC at the Sylvia Center for the Performing Arts

    Cost: $10 General; $5 Students; Members and Combo students free.

    Lineup: Dawn Clement (piano), Mark Taylor (alto sax), Steve Kaldestad (tenor sax), Michael Glynn bass; Julian MacDonough (drums)

    Website: http://dawnclement.com/; http://marktaylorjazz.com/; https://stevekaldestad.com/

  • TAKE THE JAZZ WALK!

    Thursday, November 16 7-11 pm

    The ticket for this fundraiser for the WJMAC combo classes will provide entry to any/all of the six venues this evening. Two groups will play at each venue. The start times at the venues will be somewhat staggered so patrons can enjoy a performance and walk on to another show. Be sure to show the host sites your appreciation by imbibing what they have to offer. ALL PROCEEDS BENEFIT our WJMAC Education Program! Advance tickets at brownpapertickets.com. Day of tickets and map to JAZZ WALK at the Sylvia Center, 205 Prospect St, Bellingham, after 5PM.

    Location: Six venues in the Bellingham Arts district!

    Cost: $25 general; $15 students

    Lineup: 12 groups will perform. Artists include the great drummer Ari Hoenig, Zoo Patrol, Blake Angelos, Milo Petersen, Joe Doria, Mark Taylor, Dawn Clement, Alicia Dauber, Pace, Kevin Woods, Casey McGill, Gail Pettis, Dan Faehnle, and, of course, Julian MacDonough.

  • Julian MacDonough Trio

    Wednesday, November 22, 7-9PM

    Julian MacDonough has been the backbone of WJMAC since he conceived the idea more than 4 years ago. His dynamic drumming will be on display as he leads a trio for tonight's performance. Blake Angelos will be playing the Sylvia stage for WJMAC for the first time. His lyrical keyboard work is often adventurous and intriguing, but always enjoyable. Michael, of course, our go-to guy for bass, never disappoints. A night to give thanks for all the great music we get.

    Location: WJMAC at the Sylivia Center for the Performing Arts

    Cost: $10 General; $5 Students; Members and Combo students free.

    Lineup: Julian MacDonough (drums); Blake Angelos (piano), Michael Glynn (bass)

  • Damani Phillips on Alto Saxophone

    Wednesday, November 29, 7-9PM

    WJMAC brings another performer who speaks to our heart, as Damani Phillips is an educator as well as a player. Dr. Phillips teaches both Jazz Studies and African-American Studies at the University of Iowa. In addition to being in demand as a performer, clinician, and lecturer, he recently published his book What Is This Thing Called Soul: Conversations on Black Culture and Jazz Education. While he has other four recordings of his own as a leader, tonight will be reunited with two of the musicians he recorded with in 2014 on the CD Northwest + 1: Minor Suggestions. Kevin Woods (trumpet) is responsible for bringing Damani together with Julian MacDonough for that recording. John Hansen (piano) and Michael Glynn (bass) complete tonight's quintet.

    Location: WJMAC at the Sylvia Center for the Arts, 205 Prospect St., Bellingham

    Cost: $20 General; $10 WJMAC members; $5 students

    Lineup: Damani Phillips (alto sax), Kevin Woods (trumpet/flugelhorn), John Hansen (piano), Michael Glynn (bass), Julian MacDonough (drums)

    Website: http://www.damaniphillips.com/

  • Champian Fulton - from New York!

    Wednesday, December 6, 7-9PM

    Just a month after playing the famous Ronny Scott's in London, Champian hits the WJMAC stage. Called "an assured vocalist with a galvanizing presence" by the New Yorker magazine, she will delight with both her singing and her piano work. Cory Weeds' saxophone will helping propel the session along. The quartet includes Michael Glynn on bass and Julian MacDonough on drums.

    Location: WJMAC at the Sylvia Center for the Performing Arts

    Cost: $20 General; $10 WJMAC members; $5 students

    Lineup: Champian Fulton (piano & vocals), Michael Glynn (bass), Julian MacDonough (drums)

    Website: http://www.champian.net/

Coming Up...

Greg Ruby and the Rhythm Runners Return!

Wednesday, October 25 7-9 PM

Greg Ruby brings the Rhythm Runners back to WJMAC. Dennis Lichtman (reeds), Charley Halloran (trombone), Gordon Au (trumpet), Jen Hodge (bass), Julian MacDonough (drums).

Greg Ruby brings back the Rhythm Runners

Wednesday, October 25 7-9 PM

Guitarist Greg Ruby returns with Dennis Lichtman, Gordon Rau, Charley Halloran, Cassidy Holden, and Julian MacDonough for foot-stomping prohibition era jazz.