In 2017, WAYJO announced an annual Hall of Fame in order to acknowledge special contributions made to our organisation over the years.

WAYJO has had thousands of people involved in the organisation over the years as musicians, music directors, staff, patrons, supporters and board members.

This is our way of saying a very special thank you to some individuals that have given to WAYJO above and beyond what was asked or required.

We truly thank and honour these special individuals in the WAYJO Hall of Fame.

No Hall of Fame was awarded in 2020 due to the covid pandemic.

2023 - Linda May Han Oh

Linda’s had an incredible journey from Perth high school bassoon player to Grammy Award-winning international bassist. These days she is based in New York City, where she has performed and recorded with artists such as Pat Metheny, Kenny Barron, Joe Lovano, Dave Douglas, Terri Lyne Carrington, Steve Wilson, Geri Allen and Vijay Iyer. In 2023 Linda received the prestigious Herb Alpert Award for music and has had five releases as a leader which have received critical acclaim, her latest – a quintet album entitled The Glass Hours on Biophilia Records. Linda is currently Associate Professor at the Berklee College of Music in the bass department and is also part of the Institute for Jazz and Gender Justice led by Terri Lyne Carrington.

2022 - Christopher Zelestis KC

Chris was a long-term board member and chair, and he helped guide WAYJO through a lot of tough decisions – he’s the reason why we are in such a great place today. Chris has been a barrister since 1973, was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1987, and has extensive practice mainly in commercial law. While he no longer provides oral advocacy services, Chris continues to provide advice, settle pleadings, and supervises preparation of major litigation. He also acts as arbitrator and mediator.

2021 - Dr Jamie Ohelers

Jamie is a great supporter and alumni of WAYJO and is also an advocate for youth music and jazz in WA. Since joining WAYJO when he was just 14 years old, Jamie progressed on to be winner of the 2003 White Foundation World Saxophone Competition, was named Australian Jazz Musician of the Year at the 2007 Bell Awards as well as winning the Best Jazz Release category and is now coordinator of Jazz Studies at WAAPA. He has performed with leading international jazz artists in the United States, Asia, India, UK, Europe, New Zealand and throughout Australia and frequently performs at jazz clubs and festivals throughout the world.

2019 - Michael Beech

Michael Beech

Michael has been a strong supporter of WAYJO from off the bandstand for many years, but his contribution has meant that we have been able to keep many of our projects and concerts ongoing. Michael has a passion for the music we love, for the emerging talent in our musicians and for what WAYJO does in the community. We need more people like Michael in our lives. Michael’s continuing support for WAYJO’s exchange with the Brubeck Institute in the USA also touches the lives of our talent musicians who are selected to take part in this incredible opportunity.

2018 - Dr Mace Francis

Mace joined WAYJO in 2001 as a guitarist and promising composer. His experience in WAYJO changed his life being able to work with Frank Foster and Ed Partyka and he has been involved ever since. Mace graduated from a musician to an Assistant MD and then to the artistic director position in 2008. Mace has given a large part of his life to WAYJO and wouldn’t have it any other way.

2017 - Roger Garrood

Roger was a Perth jazz saxophone legend, teaching everyone who has gone on to be a professional saxophonist in this city. He led the WAYJO Swing Band for 12 years and imparted his wisdom, passion and enthusiasm for the music to everyone who played in his band. Roger passed the baton onto Ricki Malet when he had some health issues and couldn’t give the band what they needed. Roger sadly passed away on 6 August 2023. We miss Roger’s cheeky grin and love of the music and the musicians.