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

Jazz Combos

Combo classes are held every Monday from 7-9pm at the Sylvia Center for the Arts. Click here for more information.

Upcoming Performances

  • 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

    Album release concert! Porter's new album, "Immigration Nation" features a musical storyline that is a tribute to our rich immigrant heritage in the United States. It is being released on Origin Records.
    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), John Hansen (piano)

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

    Website: https://charlieportermusic.com

  • Catharsis with Ryan Keberle

    Wednesday Nov 6th 7 PM

    Catharsis Trio, a pared down and intimate version of Ryan Keberle’s Catharsis, brings together elements of chamber music, South American folk, indie rock, and jazz to form a unique and intimate sound of “indie jazz”. Catharsis has toured extensively on the international stage engaging audiences at the Toronto, Ottawa, Rochester and Bergamo International Jazz Festivals, and at premier jazz clubs including Pizza Express (London), Duc des Lombards (Paris), Stadtgarten (Cologne), Jazz Standard and Jazz at Lincoln Center (New York) and Blue Whale (Los Angeles), among many others. The band was also featured in NPR’s prestigious Tiny Desk Concert series and on the French TV channel Mezzo.
    “...unpretentiously intelligent and profoundly moving." -The Nation
    “A project that could speak both to the current state of political unrest and to music’s ability to overcome it.”-Downbeat

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

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

    Lineup: Ryan Keberle (composer, trombone), Camilla Meza (voice, guitar), and Pedro Giraudo (bass, voice).

    Tickets at the door after 6PM. Doors at 6:30. First come, first seated. Program subject to change. Please check our website for updates.

    Website: https://ryankeberle.com

  • Syrinx Effect

    Wednesday November 13th 7 PM

    Each member of this duo has led her own band on the WJMAC stage. We're delighted to present this acoustic-electric duo. "Syrinx Effect plays their own blend of folk punk jazz. They easily switch between dreamy ambient loops, catchy pop riffs and found sounds, all the while paying homage to their free improv roots. Naomi plays trombone with guitar pedals and Kate plays soprano saxophone with laptop and other toys. The duo got its start curating the Racer Sessions in Seattle, and has gone on to perform prolifically around the US, collaborating with many of the mainstays of the improvised music scene such as Wayne Horvitz, Robin Holcomb, Elliott Sharp, Bobby Previte, Stuart Dempster, Allison Miller, Rene Hart. Syrinx Effect makes music that is authentic and expressive, employing everything from simple folk melodies to abstract, ambient noise. Each piece is a meditation, an exploration, and sometimes a romp." -syrinxeffect.com

    Location: Sylvia Center for the Arts

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

    Lineup: Naomi Moon Siegel (trombone, effects, composer,) Kate Olson (soprano sax, effects, composer)

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

    Website: htpps://wyrinxeffect.com

Coming Up...

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

Mike Allen Quartet

Wednesday October 23rd 7PM

Impeccable, sumptuous jazz.