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 12:00 - 2:00 PM at WWU, and every Monday from 7:00 - 9:00 PM at the Sylvia Center for the Arts. Click here for more information.

Upcoming Performances

  • Special Show! Special Night! George Colligan, Buster Williams & Lenny White!

    SUNDAY February 25; 7:30-9 PM

    Three-time Grammy award-winning drummer Lenny White will hit the WJMAC stage with former New York-, currently Portland-based pianist George Colligan and bassist Buster Williams.

    Some will think immediately of Chick Corea’s Return to Forever when Lenny White’s name comes up. Others will hear the drums on the historic Miles Davis recording Bitches Brew. But those are just a sampling of the fabulous performances in a long career that includes playing with or producing people like Jackie McLean, Freddie Hubbard, Stan Getz, Woody Shaw, Joe Henderson, Wayne Shorter, Diane Reeves, Nancy Wilson, Wallace Roney, and too many more to name.

    “One of the best kept secrets in jazz” according to Chris Hoven (All About Jazz), George Colligan has a history that displays similarly vast experience. With over 20 recordings as a leader and well over a hundred when the sideman gigs are added, he is obviously no secret to discerning musicians, but has long been in demand for his playing and composing talents.

    Now add Buster Williams’ bass to this mix. Williams started out playing with Gene Ammons and Sonny Stitt while a teenager and went on to create his own “played with” list that reads like a jazz Hall of Fame. A bandleader in his own right, including a number of recordings with Lenny White, Williams is appreciated for his “solid, dark tone and highly refined technique” (All Music).

    WJMAC jumped at the chance to get these three incredible musicians, even though it meant scheduling a special Sunday night show. You want to be there.

    Location: WJMAC at the Sylvia Center, down the alley at 205 Prospect Ave. Bellingham

    Cost: $25 general, $15 WJMAC members; $5 students

    Lineup: George Colligan (piano), Buster Williams (bass), Lenny White (drums)


  • Cory Weeds/Chris Davis Quintet

    Wednesday February 28, at 7 PM

    A saxophonist with an expressive sound rooted in Jazz tradition, a label owner tirelessly documenting unsung Jazz heroes, one of Canada’s most important Jazz impresarios, the hardest-working man in Jazz business – Cory Weeds is all of these things, and much more. Weeds may be best known as the founder and owner of Cory Weeds’ Cellar Jazz Club in Vancouver, which he successfully ran for more than 13 years. Weeds built the Cellar to become one of North America’s best Jazz clubs, where masters such as George Coleman, Jeff Hamilton, Louis Hayes, David “Fathead” Newman, Dr. Lonnie Smith, and the finest Jazz musicians from Vancouver and across Canada performed before it closed in February 2014. But he wasn’t just the club owner. As a saxophonist who studied at the University of North Texas and Capilano College, Weeds spent many nights on the Cellar bandstand as a leader and sideman. He held his own when performing with icons like Joey DeFrancesco and Christian McBride. Weeds has also recorded twelve albums as a leader, including: Dreamsville (with The Jeff Hamilton Trio), It’s Easy To Remember (with David Hazeltine, Joe Magnarelli, Paul Gill and Jason Tiemann) This Happy Madnes, (with The Jeff Hamilton Trio), Condition Blue, The Music Of Jackie McLean (with Peter Bernstein, Mike LeDonne, and Joe Farnsworth)., As Of Now(with the Harold Mabern Trio), Let’s Go (with Steve Davis), the Juno-nominated Up A Step(Cory Weeds Quartet), With Benefits (with Lewis Nash and Peter Washington), Just Like That(with the Tilden Webb Trio), The Many Deeds of Cory Weeds (with Joey DeFrancesco),Everything’s Coming Up Weeds (with Jim Rotondi), and Big Weeds (with Peter Bernstein, Mike LeDonne, and Joe Farnsworth).

    Vancouver, B.C. based trumpeter, engineer, and producer Chris Davis's powerful, soulful, and swingin' approach to his instrument has made him one of the most sought after musicians in Vancouver as well as one of the most recognizable voices in the Canadian music scene. His large warm tone is often compared to that of Clifford Brown - his feel to Lee Morgan's - and his power and excitement to that of Dizzy Gillespie. Some notable artists that Chris has performed or recorded with include: Joey Defrancesco, Johnny Mathis, Nikki Yanofsky, The Temptations, Mofro, The Heavy, Ian Hendrickson-Smith, Brad Turner, The Hard Rubber Orchestra, Denzal Sinclaire, Adaline, Eric Solomon, Zapato Negro and Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings.

    Location: The Whatcom Jazz Music Arts Center at the Sylvia Center, 205 Prospect Ave., Bellingham

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

    Lineup: Cory Weeds tenor saxophone, Chris Davis trumpet, John Hanson piano, Michael Glynn bass, Julian MacDonough drums


  • JLCO Trumpeter Greg Gisbert Comes to WJMAC

    Wednesday , March 7, 7PM

    Greg Gisbert is a regular member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, but that is just one of the big name bands he has played with (Gillespie All Stars, Buddy Rich, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Buck Clayton, Woody Herman, Maria Schneider, and more). Greg has also led and recorded his own combos as well. He will be playing with Kevin Woods and the WJMAC trio.

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

    Cost: $20 general admission, WJMAC members $10, students $5, WJMAC students free

    Lineup: Greg Gisbert (trumpet, flugelhorn), Kevin Woods (trumpet, flugelhorn), John Hansen (piano), Michael Glynn (bass), Julian MacDonough (drums)


  • Vancouver Tenor Steve Kaldestad Leads a Quartet

    Wednesday , March 14, 7PM

    Since moving to Vancouver in 2008, Steve Kaldestad has become one of the most in-demand saxophonists on the scene, performing as a sideman with Jesse Cahill’s Nightcrawlers, Jodi Proznick’s quartet, and many other groups. Steve has released 3 CDs on the Cellar Live label to great acclaim including Straight Up featuring the Mike LeDonne Trio and the newest release, New York Afternoon with the Renee Rosnes Trio. Steve’s dynamic playing rapport with the WJMAC house trio creates a fine groove and an enjoyable evening.

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

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

    Lineup: Steve Kaldestad (tenor sax), John Hansen (piano), Michael Glynn (bass), Julian MacDonough (drums)


  • Tenor Saxophonist Jonathon Doyle

    Wednesday , March 21, 7PM

    One of the most beautiful tenor players you’ll hear, Jonathan makes his debut as a leader at WJMAC with the house rhythm section backing him. Jon Doyle is a great poet who might never have written a sonnet, but each chorus is a new effusion, whether tender or searing-hot. – Michael Steinman, Jazz Lives

    Clarinetist, saxophonist, composer, and arranger Jonathan Doyle recently relocated to Port Townsend WA in the Pacific Northwest, but he still spends time in Chicago, Austin TX, and on the road. Jonathan’s resume covers a lot of ground, from jug band music and country swing through New Orleans hot jazz and blues into traditional swing and beyond. He is committed to crafting original music as well studying the American musical traditions. He strives to organize and be a part of bands whose music is rooted, yet distinct. And to play for listeners and dancers anywhere they'll have him!

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

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

    Lineup: Jonathon Doyle (tenor sax, clarinet), John Hansen (piano), Michael Glynn (bass), Julian MacDonough (drums)


  • From NYC! Pianist Spike Wilner and his Quartet

    Wednesday , March 28, 7PM

    Jazz Pianist Spike Wilner has been performing for more than 30 years as a leader of his own groups and as a sideman to many well know artists. For the last 11 years he has been the owner and manager of Smalls Jazz Club, a beloved jazz club located in Greenwich Village and known as a center for jazz activity in the city. Mr. Wilner also operates SmallsLIVE, a digital media company responsible for live-streaming and recording all of the shows at Smalls. Mr. Wilner, besides performing is also passionately involved with jazz education and jazz cultural awareness. He has toured extensively through the world bringing a message of world-unity through music.

    With him is the highly regarded trumpet player Joe Magnarelli, who has an impressive resume of recording credits and has worked with the top names in jazz. Both bassist Paul Gill and drummer Anthony Pinciotti are longtime jazz veterans from the New York Scene. The music will be a combination of classics, standards and originals for a warm and hard swinging evening of New York City jazz.

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

    Cost: $20 general admission, WJMAC members $10, students $5, WJMAC students free

    Lineup: Spike Wilner (piano), Joe Magnarelli (trumpet), Paul Gill (bass), Anthony Pinciotti (drums)


Coming Up...

SPECIAL SHOW! George Colligan! Buster Williams! Lenny White!

SUNDAY February 25th 7:30 PM

Special day, special time, special show--seriously--you do not want to miss this one!

Cory Weeds

Wednesday February 28th 7PM