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

  • Tamir Hendelman Trio

    Wednesday, September 27, 7-9PM

    If you've seen Jeff Hamilton in the last few years, you have probably found yourself digging the pianist, Tamir Hendelman. Tamir has been on that piano bench since 2000. Tonight Tamir returns to WJMAC, fresh from the Monterrey Jazz Festival, heading up his own trio with Alex Frank on bass and Dean Koba on drums. A pianist who is known for playing that is "sensitive, introspective and captivating" (LA Jazz Scene), Tamir is often compared with the great Oscar Peterson, but you will find he deserves plenty of accolades in his own right.

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

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

    Lineup: Tamir Hendelman (piano); Alex Frank (bass); Dean Koba (drums)

    Website: https://www.tamirhendelman.com; www.akexfrankmusic.com; http://www.deankoba.com/

  • Mike Van Bebber Quintet

    Wednesday, October 4, 7-9PM

    Mike Van Bebber takes the Sylvia Center stage for the first time, but he has pleased WJMAC audiences more than a few times. We are glad to have him back leading a quintet for this show with Jay Thomas spicing things up and the WJMAC house band laying down the foundation.

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

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

    Lineup: Mike Van Bebber, Trumpet; Jay Thomas, Reeds; John Hansen, Piano; Michael Glynn, Bass; Julian MacDonough, Drums.

  • Jazz Forest, the Ron Jones Big Band, featuring Pete Christlieb

    Wednesday, October 11, 7-9PM

    The return of formerly LA-based Grammy and Emmy nominated composer Ron Jones to the NW allows us to invite his big band, Jazz Forest, to the WJMAC stage. "Jazz Forest is about great musicians, great music that moves the soul and a great night out. . . . When you combine the vital energy of great jazz artists with the expressive power of intelligent and challenging arrangements and compositions you arrive to a new creative landscape. A jazz performance should not be a dry recital of worn ideas and tired forms. Jazz should be alive and full of boundless ideas, boundless energy. A forest is both beautiful and a place of growth and renewal." The excitement Jones brings to the challenge of creative composition will be accelerated tonight by the veteran big band tenor man Pete Christlieb. In addition to stints with Louis Bellson, Woody Herman, Doc Severinsen, and the Tonight Show Band, Pete has nearly two dozen recordings as a leader/co-leader of combos, and many more as a sideman. The WJMAC audience will get to renew their enjoyment of some returning Seattle performers as well. Expect a hot night in our new space!

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

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

    Lineup: In addition to Peter Christlieb (tenor sax), Jazz Forest can include Andy Omdahl (trumpet), Brian Monroney/Steve Kirk (guitar); John Hansen (piano), Susan Pascal (vibes), Nate Omdal (bass), Matt Jorgensen (drums), and Bob Rees (percussion)

    Website: http://www.jazzforest.com/; http://ronjonesproductions.com/; http://www.petechristlieb.com/

  • Pianist Jeremy Kahn

    Wednesday, October 18, 7-9PM

    After a dozen years in NYC, Jeremy Kahn returned to his home turf of Chicago where he has established himself as performer one doesn't want to miss. Chicago Tribune music reviewer Harold Reich can't find enough superlatives to describe Kahn's playing. e.g., "In every selection he played Friday night, Kahn offered a degree of subtlety, elegance, and understatement one does not encounter often enough." or Kahn "makes it look easy, but what he does decidedly is not. The fluidity, sleekness and invention of Kahn’s pianism helps explain why so many vocalists and ensembles seek his contributions." Jeremy will be leading a quartet tonight with Mike Allen manning tenor, Michael Glynn's lovely bass work, and Julian MacDonough on drums.

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

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

    Lineup: Jeremy Kahn (piano), Mike Allen (tenor sax), Michael Glynn (bass), Julian MacDonough (drums)

    Website: http://kahnman.com/

  • 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 Seattle. 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 Rau (trumpet); Charlie Halloran (trombone); Dennis Lichtman (reeds and mandolin), Cassidy Holden (bass), Julian MacDonough (drums)

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

Coming Up...

Tamir HendelmanTrio

Wednesday, September 27, 7-9 PM

The delightful pianist who anchors the piano bench for Jeff Hamilton, Tamir Hendelman, leads a trio with Alex Frank and Dean Koba.