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

  • Mike Allen

    Wednesday February 22nd, 2016 at 7 PM

    Vancouver saxophonist, educator, and band leader Mike Allen returns to WJMAC with a trio of gentleman he has made moving and awe-inspiring music with for decades. With Miles Black on piano, Adam Thomas on bass, and Julian MacDonough on drums, this quartet has recorded three albums together since 2012—“Panorama”, “Faculty Jazz Collective”, and “Hip Cosmos”. Allen and Black paired up to record “The Feel of Life" in 2014 and have another brand new duo album, “Bob’s Piano", just released in January. This long-time musical partnership of a quartet will be joined by another quartet—a string quartet— for tonight’s special performance.

    "Allen’s tone is as pure as that of Joe Henderson. His aesthetic habits come straight out of a blue-chip tenor tradition: from Joe Lovano back to Coleman Hawkins and into his primary inspiration, John Coltrane."
    (Vancouver Sun)

    Location: Whatcom Jazz Music Arts Center at Unity, 1095 Telegraph Rd., Bellingham

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

    Lineup: Mike Allen (saxophones), Miles Black (piano), Adam Thomas (bass), Julian MacDonough (drums) and a String Quartet (TBA)

    Website: mikeallenjazz.com

  • Milo Petersen Quartet

    Wednesday , March 1, 7PM

    Seattle guitarist Milo Petersen’s links to Bellingham go back to the late 1970’s when he was at WWU, but his musical career started much earlier when his grandfather demanded he whistle a tune before he could try his grandfather’s harmonica. Lucky for us, he continued his lessons. First recognized as a guitarist, Milo went on to compose and arrange, and to study guitar with the likes of Herb Ellis, Tal Farlow, Joe Pass, and still works with Ron Eschete. Adding drums later, Milo studied with Moyes Lucas Jr., Jeff Hamilton, Herlin Riley, Idris Muhammed, Mel Brown, and Kathy Ramm. Milo also had the great experience of recording on guitar with legendary drummer Elvin Jones on Steve Griggs' CDs JONES FOR ELVIN, Volumes 1 and 2.Tonight he will be backed by the WJMAC house band of Miles Black (piano), Michael Glynn (bass), and Julian MacDonough (drums).

    Location: Whatcom Jazz Music Arts Center at Unity

    Cost: $10 general, $5 student, WJMAC members covered

    Lineup: Milo Petersen (guitar), Miles Black (piano), Michael Glynn (bass), and Julian MacDonough (drums)

    Website: www.milopetersen.com

  • John Hansen Quartet with Kelley Johnson

    Wednesday, March 8, 7 pm

    John Hansen makes a quick return to WJMAC after his wonderful show in late January. Seattle multi-instrumentalist Jay Thomas says John “is a monster with an uncanny way of playing strong original melodic shapes in a fresh way.” His much lauded skill as an accompanist will come into play as this time he is leading a quartet featuring vocalist Kelley Johnson. Michael Glynn on bass and Julian MacDonough on drums fill out the card.

    Location: WJMAC at Unity Spiritual Center

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

    Lineup: John Hansen (piano), Kelly Johnson (vocals), Michael Glynn (bass), Julian MacDonough (drums)

    Website: http://www.Kelleyjohnson.com/johnhansen

  • Steve Kaldestad Trio with Peter Bernstein

    Wednesday, March 15, 7 pm

    One of WJMAC’s favorite sax players is finally returning after being absent for a few months. Steve’s playing has been described as poignant, yet robust and muscular, intelligent, but accessible. Steve “is a natural leader who opens up songs to their individual harmonic journeys for the musicians he surrounds himself with.” (Raul D’Gama Rose reviewing Blow-Up). And we know he can swing. Tonight he will be paired with Peter Bernstein, “known for his clean, warm guitar tone and his lyrical melodic lines.” Coming from the jazz mecca of NYC, Peter has a long “played with” list, but to drop a just few names – Rollins, Donaldson, Konitz, Goldings, Stewart, Cobb, Harrell, Meldau, McBride. If you saw him with the Small’s All-Stars last year, you know you don’t want to miss this show. Michael Glynn’s bass and Julian MacDonough’s drums will fill out the group nicely.

    Location: WJMAC at Unity Spiritual Center, 1095 Telegraph Rd., Bellingham,

    Cost: $15 general; $5 students & WJMAC members

    Lineup: Steve Kaldestad (saxophone), Peter Bernstein (guitar), Michael Glynn (bass), Julian MacDonough (drums)

    Website: https://stevekaldestad.com/; http://peterbernsteinmusic.com/

  • Dave Gibson Quartet

    Wednesday, March 22, 7 pm

    Seattle trumpet star Thomas Marriott hooked us up with New York trombonist Dave Gibson. A finalist in the Thelonius Monk International Trombone Competition in 2003, Gibson will be a welcome addition to the schedule. Jazz luminary Curtis Fuller said about Gibson, “Out of all the young players I hear in the music today, David is one of very few who speaks the language of jazz.” Not just a great horn player, Gibson is recognized for composing and arranging as well. We are excited to hear him, especially with the able accompaniment of Miles Black, Michael Glynn, and Julian MacDonough.

    Location: WJMAC at Unity Spiritual Center

    Cost: $15 general; $5 students & WJMAC members

    Lineup: Dave Gibson (trombone), Miles Black (piano), Michael Glynn (bass), Julian MacDonough (drums)

    Website: http://www.jazzbone.org/

  • The “Pops” show featuring Star Anna and Laila Biali

    Wednesday, March 29, 7 pm

    Vocalist and songwriter Star Anna will make her first appearance on the WJMAC stage sharing the bill with Juno-nominated Canadian songstress/pianist Laila Biali. Both these women know how to put a song together and aren’t limited by musical boundaries and labels. Expect to cross over some of those lines. Three old friends – Miles Black, Adam Thomas, and Julian MacDonough - will put down the rhythms for the flights of these two songbirds.

    Location: WJMAC at Unity Spiritual Center.

    Cost: $15 general; $5 students & WJMAC members

    Lineup: Star Anna (vocals), Laila Biali (vocals/piano), Miles Black (piano), Adam Thomas (bass), Julian MacDonough (drums)

    Website: https://www.staranna.com; http://lailabiali.com/

Coming Up...

Mike Allen Quartet with Strings

Wednesday February 22nd 2016 at 7PM

Vancouver saxophonist extraordinaire Mike Allen returns--with a string quartet!

Steve Kaldestad Trio with Peter Bernstein

Wednesday, March 15, 7 pm

Steve Kaldestad's trio will be joined by NYC-based guitarist Peter Bernstein with Michael Glynn on bass and Julian MacDonough on drums.