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

  • 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

    Wednesday, March 29, 7 pm

    Vocalist and songwriter Star Anna will make her first appearance on the WJMAC stage. Expect some blurring of the lines while she crosses over between jazz and pop. Three old friends – Miles Black, Adam Thomas, and Julian MacDonough - will put down the rhythms for the flights of this songbird.

    Location: WJMAC at Unity Spiritual Center.

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

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

    Website: https://www.staranna.com

  • Mike LeDonne/Cory Weeds Trio

    Wednesday, April 5, 7 PM

    WJMAC has been lucky to have a number of excellent tenor saxophone players who share their talents with us regularly. Cory Weeds has been a long time supporter of WJMAC in ways that go beyond his playing, but we are always pleased to have him bring his horn back on the WJMAC bandstand. Tonight he co-leads a trio with Mike LeDonne. Initially recognized for his piano work, playing with greats like Benny Goodman, Sonny Rollins, Art Farmer, Dizzy Gillespie, and Milt Jackson (to name just a few on a long sideman list), Mike took up the B-3 in the 1990’s and has earned accolades for his work on those keys. In 2012 Downbeat gave him the Rising Star Award for organ while the Jazz Journalists Association nominated him for Best Keyboards for his “Keep the Faith” CD. When a keyboard man comes recommended by Oscar Peterson, Cedar Walton, and Milt Jackson, you don’t want to miss the chance to hear him. The trio is completed by top jazz drummer, Jason Tiemann. Like LeDonne, Jason has an impressive “played with” list, including several artists who have graced the WJMAC stage – e.g., Eric Alexander, Peter Bernstein, Steve Davis, and Harold Mabern. These three gentlemen will provide a night of music you will be glad you did not miss.

    Location: Whatcom Jazz Music Arts Center at Unity Spiritual Center

    Cost: $20 General, $10 WJMAC Members, $5 Students

    Lineup: Mike LeDonne - organ, Cory Weeds - saxophone, Jason Tiemann - drums

    Website: http://mikeledonne.net/; https://coryweeds.com/; http://jasontiemann.com/

  • Steve Kaldestad Quartet

    Wednesday, April 12, 7 PM

    Vancouver tenor saxophonist Steve Kaldestad returns to WJMAC leading a quartet. WJMAC’s regulars know they can expect excellent saxophone playing from Steve. They know also they can expect solid support from Miles Black on piano, Michael Glynn on bass and Julian MacDonough on drums. And you know you can expect to hear an evening full of fun and fine music.

    Location: WJMAC at the Unity Spiritual Center

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

    Lineup: Steve Kaldestad (saxophone), Miles Black (piano), Michael Glynn (bass), Julian MacDonough (drums)

    Website: http://www.jaythomasjazz.com/; https://stevekaldestad.com/

  • John Hansen Quartet featuring Kelley Johnson

    Wednesday, April 19, 7 pm

    After his great performance in January, WJMAC immediately rebooked John for a show in March. John was excited to bring vocalist Kelley Johnson with him for that gig. Much to our dismay and the disappointment of many of our regulars, at the last minute, unforeseen circumstances made it impossible for them to be here. So Julian got on the horn and rebooked them for this night. 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, Kelley Johnson – vocals, Michael Glynn – bass, Julian MacDonough – drums

    Website: http://kelleyjohnson.com/; http://originarts.com/artists/artist.php?Artist_ID=149

  • Stuart’s Coffeehouse Jazz Night 20th Anniversary

    Wednesday, April 26, 7 pm

    Pre-Bayou on the Bay Bellinghamsters will remember Stuart’s Coffeehouse as the place to get a good cup of joe in a relaxing and somewhat funky atmosphere. Some will also remember it as a place to hear Bellingham’s young turks sharpen their jazz axes. But even more recent Bellingham jazz aficionados will recognize the names of players we are lucky to have still playing here in The City of Subdued Excitement. Should be a fun evening. Come On Down!

    Location: WJMAC at Unity Spiritual Center

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

    Lineup: Kevin Woods, Paul Chandler, Loch Clark – trumpet; Dave Knirk, Willie Mathias, Mike Allen - saxophone, Roger Yamashita - bass, Blake Angelos, Reece Marshburn - piano, Julian MacDonough - drums

Coming Up...

Dave Gibson Quartet

Wednesday, March 22, 7 pm

NYC-based trombonist Dave Gibson backed by the house band of Black, Glynn, and MacDonough will be fun!

Close Out March with Star Anna

Wednesday, March 29, 7 pm

Star Anna, an adept songwriter and interpreter, backed by Miles Black (piano), Adam Thomas (bass), and Julian MacDonough (drums).