Note: All WJMAC events are held at the Unity Spiritual Center, 1095 Telegraph Rd, 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

  • Kevin Woods plays the music of Kenny Wheeler

    Wednesday, April 26, 7 pm

    Local favorite trumpet/flugelhorn man Kevin Woods has chosen the work of Canadian composer and trumpet/flugelhorn artist Kenny Wheeler as the topic for musical exploration by tonight’s quintet. Not just a wonderful player, Kevin does great work with WJMAC’s Combo Classes and as Director of WWU’s Jazz Studies Program. Since Steve Treseler once shared the stage with Wheeler, he is an apt choice for the saxophone lines. Two-thirds of the 200 Trio, Cole Schuster (guitar) and Greg Feingold (bass), and WJMAC artistic director Julian MacDonough (drums) round out the quintet.

    Location: WJMAC at the Unity Spiritual Center

    Cost: $10 general, $5 student, WJMAC members free.

    Lineup: Kevin Woods (trumpet), Steve Treseler (saxophone), Cole Schuster (guitar), Greg Feingold (bass), Julian MacDonough (drums)

    Website: http://www.kevinwoodsmusic.com/; stevetres.com/; https://200trio.bandcamp.com/

  • Helen Sung Quartet

    Wednesday, May 3, 7 pm

    If you attended the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra’s concert at the Mt. Baker last October, your good fortune included hearing Helen Sung on piano. If you were really lucky, you were at the Hotel Bellwether when she and a few others from the band dropped in to jam for a bit. If you want to be smart as well as lucky, you won’t miss her here at WJMAC on Wednesday May 3. An aspiring classical pianist before falling in love with Jazz, the Thelonious Monk Institute graduate is emerging as one of the bright stars on today’s jazz scene. Having honed her craft with ensembles ranging from the late Clark Terry’s “Young Titans of Jazz” to the Mingus Big Band to Terri Lyne Carrington’s Grammy-winning Mosaic Project, Sung now leads a band composted of some of this generation’s finest artists: New York-based/New Orleans-influenced fellow composer, John Ellis will be on saxophone; bassist, arranger, and musical director of the Mingus Big Band and Mingus Dynasty and veteran of some 160 jazz recordings, Boris Kozlov, takes the bass; the “sensitive, colorful and innovative” (Drummerworld) drummer Terreon Gully completes the foursome.

    WJMAC would like to thank Steinway & Sons for generously providing tonight’s Steinway B Piano.

    Location: WJMAC at Unity Spiritual Center

    Cost: $20 General Admission; $10 WJMAC members; $5 Students

    Lineup: Helen Sung (piano), John Ellis (saxophone), Boris Kozlov (bass), Terreon Gully (drums)

    Website: www.helensung.com; http://www.johnaxsonellis.com/; http://www.borisbass.com/;http://www.terreongully.com/

  • Milo Petersen Trio

    Wednesday, May 10, 7 pm

    Milo is back for your guitar jazz enjoyment. Milo’s background includes studying with Herb Ellis, Tal Farlow, Joe Pass, and Ron Eschete and playing around NYC before returning to the PNW. Last here in early March with a quartet, he has pared down to a trio tonight with Michael and Julian.

    Location: WJMAC at the Unity Spiritual Center

    Cost: $10 general; $5 students; WJMAC members free.Milo Petersen (guitar), Michael Glynn (bass), Julian MacDonough (drums)

    Lineup: Milo Petersen (guitar), Michael Glynn (bass), Julian MacDonough (drums)

    Website: http://www.milopetersen.com/

  • Terell Stafford Quartet

    SPECIAL DATE: Tuesday, May 16, 7:30 pm

    Hailed as “One of the great players of our time, a fabulous trumpet player” by none other than jazz paragon McCoy Tyner, Terell Stafford is a great fit for WJMAC because he has carried on the music as the Director of Jazz Studies at Temple University as well. Those who caught his tribute to Lee Morgan last time through can testify to the fact that “he combines a deep love of melody with his own brand of spirited and adventurous lyricism.” In addition to leading his own quintet, Stafford has played in numerous other combos and orchestras under the leadership of players like Tyner, Benny Golson, Jimmy Heath, Jon Faddis, Frank Wess, Kenny Barron, and the Clayton Brothers. WJMAC had to reschedule our regular Wednesday night performance to Tuesday because we didn’t want to miss the opportunity to hear this great musician perform. Mr. Stafford will be ably supported by Steve Kaldestad on saxophone, Adam Thomas on bass, and Julian MacDonough on drums.

    Location: WJMAC at the Unity Spiritual Center

    Cost: $20 general, $10 WJMAC members, $5 student.

    Lineup: Terell Stafford (trumpet), Steve Kaldestad (saxophone), Adam Thomas (bass), Julian MacDonough (drums)

    Website: http://www.terellstafford.com/

  • Thomas Marriott with Orrin Evans and Eric Revis

    Wednesday, May 24, 7 pm

    WJMAC can’t really get enough of Thomas Marriott. He played sweet Miles tunes for us back in December, headed up a great group of Seattle artists in January, then burned it up with Dave Gibson in March. Can you imagine what he is going to do playing with Orrin Evans on piano and Eric Revis on bass? Both are prolific composers as well as players. Evans has recorded more than 25 albums as a leader since 1994. Revis has manned Branford Marsalis’s bass chair since 1997 and has led several of his own recording sessions as well. Drummer Ted Poor spent ten years plying his trade in NYC before making his move to Seattle. WJMAC is pleased to have all four showing off their skills for us.

    Location: WJMAC at the Unity Spiritual Center

    Cost: $20 General Admission; $10 WJMAC members; $5 Students

    Lineup: May 24th: Thomas Marriott (trumpet), Orrin Evans (piano), Eric Revis (bass), Ted Poor (drums)

    Website: http://thomasmarriott.net/; www.orrinevansmusic.com/; https://ericrevis.com/; tedpoor.com/

  • Kevin Woods CD Release Concert

    Wednesday, May 31, 7 PM

    Kevin Woods is releasing a new CD- Catching Starlight - and we are going to celebrate it! His fifth recording as a leader includes "seven of my original tunes, one tune I co-wrote with a dear, departed friend, and Blues for Wood by jazz master Woody Shaw. Joining me on the album [are] three of my closest buds and favorite musicians". The quartet will be closing out May for WJMAC - a memorable show to help you recover from the Memorial Day weekend.

    Location: WJMAC at the Unity Spiritual Center

    Cost: $10 general, $5 student, WJMAC members free.

    Lineup: Kevin Woods (trumpet), Cole Schuster (guitar), Greg Feingold (bass), Julian MacDonough (drums)

    Website: http://www.kevinwoodsmusic.com/

Coming Up...

Kevin Woods plays Kenny Wheeler

Wednesday, April 26, 7PM

A quintet with Kevin Woods (trumpet), Steve Tressler (saxophone), Cole Schuster (guitar), Greg Feingold (bass), Julian MacDonough (drums)

Helen Sung Quartet

Wednesday May 3, 7PM

All the way from NYC! Helen Sung (piano), John Ellis (saxophone), Boris Kozlov (bass), Terreon Gully (drums)