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

Jazz Combos

For the 2018-2019 season, combo classes are held every Monday from 7-9pm at the Sylvia Center for the Arts. Click here for more information.

Upcoming Performances

  • GEORGE GARZONE

    Saturday October 20th 7:30PM

    Join us for this very special evening with legendary jazz performer and educator GEORGE GARZONE who has performed with Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Michael Brecker, Reggie Workman, Chick Corea, Lenny White, Ron Carter, Joe Lovano, and John Patitucci to name a few. He teaches at Berklee College of Music in Boston; former students include Branford Marsalis, Teadross Avery, and Lucianna Souza. Garzone has played all over the US and the world--every hot spot in NYC, Bordeaux Jazz Festival, Paris, Salzburg, Helsinki, Israel…truly a world class artist who should not be missed.
    Joining him for this evening are Roger Yamashita (bass) and Jerry Steinhilber (drums).

    "I'm not the master of the sax. George Garzone is." -Michael Brecker

    Location: The Rotunda Room of The Whatcom Museum (Old City Hall), 121 Prospect, Bellingham. Downbeat 7:30PM.

    Cost: $20 general, $5 students. Tickets at the door starting at 7PM.

    Lineup: George Garzone (tenor sax) is joined by Roger Yamashita (bass) and Jerry Steinhilber (drums).

  • Axiom Quartet with John Hansen

    Wednesday October 24th

    Location: WJMAC at The Sylvia Center for the Arts, 207 Prospect, Bellingham

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

    Lineup: John Hansen leads this Seattle-based quartet of consummate jazz artists. Don't miss this evening!
    John Hansen (piano), Alexey Nikolaev (sax), Michael Glynn (bass) and Phil Parisot (drums, composition).

    Program subject to change. First come, first seated.

  • The Naomi Moon Siegel Quintet

    Wednesday October 31st 7PM

    Location: WJMAC at The Sylvia Center for the Arts, 207 Prospect, Bellingham

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

    Lineup: We heartily welcome Naomi Moon Siegel and her quintet as we explore the expanding boundaries of jazz. Siegel received the Earshot Jazz Golden Ear Award for Emerging Artist of the Year.
    Naomi Moon Siegel (trombone, composition), Marina Albero (piano), Cameron Peace (guitar), Birch Pereira (bass), and Chris Icasiano (drums).

    Program subject to change. First come, first seated.

    Website: www.naomimoonsiegel.com

  • Joe Doria and McTuff

    Wednesday November 7th 7PM

    NW-raised Doria has played with Carlos Santana, King Sunny Ade, pianist/composer Wayne Horovitz, drummers Cindy Blackman, Mat Chamberlain, Stanton Moore, saxophonist Skerik and many, many more.
    Doria has been composing and performing on the Hammond and other vintage keys/synthesizers since the 90's--Mc Tuff is one of Doria's many acclaimed projects.

    Location: WJMAC at The Sylvia Center for the Arts, 205-207 Prospect, Bellingham.

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

    Lineup: Joe Doria (Hammond), Andy Coe (guitar), Tarik Abouzled (drums).
    Lineup subject to change. First come, first seated.

    Website: joedoriamusic.com

  • The Emmet Cohen Trio

    Wednesday November 14th

    Emmet Cohen is known as "one of his generation's pivotal figures in music..." who Christian McBride hails as "...one of the most dynamic young musicians on the scene today." He has won national and international competitions, but more importantly, he travels the world sharing his remarkable range and exacting artistry, playing with what Daniel Kushner of Rochester City Newspaper calls, "striking and effusive elegance."

    We move into the larger Lucas Hicks Theatre for this special evening to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to experience world renowned jazz pianist Emmet Cohen and his NYC-based trio live, first hand.
    Don't miss this one! Bring your friends!


    Location: WJMAC in The Lucas Hicks Theatre at the Sylvia Center 205-207 Prospect, Bellingham

    Cost: $20 general, $5 students. WJMAC members and students FREE. Tickets at the door starting at 6PM.

    Lineup: Emmet Cohen (piano), Russell Hall (bass), and Kyle Poole (drums).


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

  • Mike Allen

    Wednesday November 21st 7PM

    Mike Allen returns to WJMAC with a brand new lineup! Two saxophones played by these two alarmingly talented musicians in one band with an absolutely solid rhythm section. Each and every time Allen plays here it is a special and memorable evening filled with a delightful balance of well-loved, and newly composed jazz.

    WJMAC Student Combos will open 6:45-7:00

    Location: Sylvia Center for the Arts 205-207 Prospect St, Bellingham, WA

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

    Lineup: Mike Allen (saxophones), Steve Kaldestad (saxophones), Nate Palmer (bass) and Christian Casolary (drums)


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

  • Thomas Marriott Quintet

    Wednesday November 28th 7PM

    Chris Robinson of Downbeat says, "Thomas Marriott's trumpet sound is as lush and inviting as it comes." Thomas Conrad hails Marriott as "One of the best trumpet players in the world." Prepare to launch into new territory. This band absolutely cooks.

    Location: Sylvia Center for the Arts 205-207 Prospect St, Bellingham Washington, USA

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

    Lineup: Thomas Marriott (trumpet), Rick Mandyck (sax), Jeff Harper (bass), Tim Kennedy (piano), and Dominic Lecouturier (drums).


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

Coming Up...

Axiom Quartet with John Hansen

Wednesday October 24th 7PM

Seattle-based quartet of consummate jazz artists: John Hansen (piano), Alexey Nikolaev (sax), Michael Glynn (bass), and Phil Parisot (drums, composition).

The Naomi Moon Siegel Quintet

Wednesday October 31st 7PM

Thoughtful trombone (and guitar, piano, bass and drums) for the 21st century.