Note: All WJMAC events are held at the The Sylvia Center for the Arts, 205-207 Prospect St, Bellingham unless otherwise listed.

Jazz Combos

Combo classes are held every Monday from 7-9pm at the Sylvia Center for the Arts. Click here for more information.

Upcoming Performances

  • Milo Petersen Trio featuring IGNACIO BERROA

    TUESDAY January 28th at 7PM

    Milo Petersen and Phil Sparks, both premier musicians from greater Seattle, are well known here in Bellingham. They team up tonight with world renowned drummer Ignacio Berroa.
    Ignacio Berroa has been recognized as one of the greatest drummers of our time. A leading innovator in the blending of Afro-Cuban and American jazz styles, his artful drumming has supported a wide spectrum of the very top names in jazz, including Dizzy Gillespie, McCoy Tyner, Chick Corea, Wynton Marsalis, Freddie Hubbard, Charlie Haden, and Gonzalo Rubalcaba.
    Dizzy Gillespie has this to say about Berroa, "The only drummer in the world, in the history of American music, that intimately knows both worlds: his native Afro-Cuban music as well as jazz."

    Location: This special added concert is at Caffé Adagio, 1435 Railroad Ave in Bellingham. (Corner of Railroad and Champion.)

    Cost: $15 general, $10 students

    Lineup: Milo Petersen (guitar), Phil Sparks (bass), and Ignacio Berroa (drums).

    Tickets sold at Caffé Adagio after 6:30 PM. Program subject to change.

  • Matt Jorgensen Quintet

    Wednesday, January 29th, 7 PM

    Jazz drummer, and founder and artistic director of the Ballard Jazz Festival, Jorgensen is frequently called on to play with an impressive list of musicians, including Eric Alexander, Peter Bernstein, George Colligan, Vincent Herring, to name a few. Tonight he's the bandleader and he brings his own Seattle-based all star quintet!

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

    Cost: $10 general, $5 students, Jazz Center members FREE

    Lineup: Matt Jorgensen (drums), Thomas Marriott (trumpet), Rex Gregory (saxophone), Dylan Hayes (piano), Michael Glynn (bass),

    Website: http://mattjorgensen.com/

  • Alexis Cole with Cory Weeds

    Wednesday, February 5th, 7 PM

    Welcome Alexis Cole to the Jazz Center stage! Jazz Times says this about her,
    “A deep contralto as smooth and dark as the richest espresso.”
    Also, “Cole’s easy sense of swing is strongly reminiscent of Sarah Vaughan.”
    Cole is an authentic gem, just now being discovered. This evening promises to be poignant, pleasurable, prime.

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

    Cost: $20 general, $5 students, Jazz Center members FREE

    Lineup: Alexis Cole (piano, vocals) and Cory Weeds (saxophones)

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

    Website: https://www.alexiscole.com

  • Laila Biali Trio

    Wednesday, February 12th, 7PM

    "Multi award-winning Canadian singer-songwriter and pianist Laila Biali has toured with Chris Botti, Paula Cole, Suzanne Vega and Sting. She has headlined festivals and venues spanning five continents including Carnegie Hall. Her accolades include a 2019 JUNO Award for “Vocal Jazz Album of the Year”, “SOCAN Composer of the Year” and “Keyboardist of the Year” at Canada’s National Jazz Awards, a JUNO nomination for her studio recording Tracing Light, and a spot on DownBeat Magazine’s “Best Albums of the Year” list for her follow-up Live in Concert." -lailabiali.com

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

    Cost: $20 general, $5 students, Jazz Center members FREE

    Lineup: Laila Biali (vocals, piano); Adam Thomas (bass); and Ben Wittman (drums)

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

    Website: https://lailabiali.com

  • Xavier Lecouturier Quintet

    Wednesday, February 19th 7PM

    Xavier is a 21 year old American drummer and composer, with French and Mexican heritage. Xavier has a commitment to the study and roots of the jazz tradition but also finds all the ways in which the things he carries can influence his music. The music he composes is drawn from the music he grew up listening to, including classical music, latin jazz, Mexican pop-rock, American Pop music. He is a unique musician and composer who brings something new to the tradition of jazz and modern music. Join us in welcoming him and his band at this stop on their West Coast tour.

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

    Cost: $15 general, $5 students, Jazz Center members FREE

    Lineup: Xavier Lecouturier (drums), Lucas Winter (guitar), Abbey Blackwell (bass), Serena Dominguez (vocals), Santosh Sharma (saxophone).

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

    Website: http://www.xavierlecouturiermusic.com/photos.html

  • Phil Parisot Trio

    Wednesday, February 26th, 7PM

    Phil Parisot Trio: Odds and Ends.
    Come enjoy this remarkable trio playing an evening of music primarily in odd time signatures.

    Location: Sylvia Center for the Arts, 207 Prospect, Bellingham, Washington.

    Cost: $15 general, $5 students, Jazz Center members FREE

    Lineup: Phil Parisot (drums), Jared Hall (trumpet), and Michael Glynn (bass).

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

    Website: https://www.philparisot.com/

Coming Up...

Matt Jorgensen Quintet

Wednesday January 29th, 7PM

Jorgensen with Thomas Marriott, Michael Glynn, Rex Gregory, and Dylan Hayes

Alexis Cole with Cory Weeds

Wednesday, February 5th at 7 PM