WAYJO presents Beats and Pieces at The Rechabite - June 10

Ground-breaking Fusion and Collaboration with Djinda Boodja Indigenous Musicians

WA Youth Jazz Orchestra (WAYJO) proudly announces their upcoming show Beats and Pieces: from Latino to Electro, presenting audiences a night of exciting world fusion, plus new collaborations with Indigenous hip-hop musicians from Djinda Boodja (Star Country).

This one-of-a-kind show features two big band sets like no other – the St John of God Health Care Tuesday Night Orchestra get you up dancing in a high energy celebration of bold Latino music, with special guest vocalist Adolfo Chavez, plus percussionists Marcus Perrozzi & Steve Richter.

Djinda Boodja musicians Zero Emcee (a.k.a. Jaydan Ahmat) & Daniel Chandler then drop beats and rap with the Wednesday Night Orchestra with big beat-driven sounds that will keep you dancing in an RnB inspired second set.

“We are excited and passionate about the upcoming performance with the West Australian Youth Jazz Orchestra (WAYJO). It is an important opportunity to see Indigenous musicians collaborate with a jazz orchestra, and we cannot wait for the concert,” states Vicki Warn, Djinda Boodja General Manager. Djinda Boodja CEO Patricia Alessi also notes; “It is exciting that the Office of the Arts has supported this project, showcasing Indigenous music with the magic of big band.”

 

Zero Emcee (Flewnts Boorloo Block Party, 2022)

Zero Emcee is a young energetic Noongar/Jingili rapper out of Beechboro Boorloo. Zero has been a hip-hop head since he was a kid, and ever since getting into music he’s never looked back. A huge part of both the community and music scene, Zero never fails to represent his culture with pride, skill and enthusiasm. Zero’s amazing stage presence, coupled with lyrics that are vivid and tell a story of a young black man trying to make sense of the world he lives in, will captivate.

Zero also mentors at Perth Creative College, as well as performs as an artist with Djinda Boodja. Djinda Boodja offers professional concerts and music workshops, art sessions and exhibitions, Noongar language classes, and a two-year federally funded Indigenous Contemporary Musician Mentorship Program in partnership with WAYJO. Read more at djindaboodja.org

WAYJO’s hitting horns, accompanied by special guest artists, plus electronic beats, will be a mighty combination. If you love the power of beats and rhythm – this night of Latino and Electro grooves is for you!

WAYJO presents Beats and Pieces: From Latino to Electro
St John of God Health Care Tuesday Night Orchestra with Adolfo Chavez, Marcus Perrozzi & Steve Richter – Plus WAYJO Wednesday Night Orchestra with Zero Emcee & Daniel Chandler
Friday 10 June, 7.30pm
The Rechabite, Northbridge
Tickets wayjo.com

WAYJO’s guest artists appear thanks to WAYJO’s 2022 Major Programs Partner, Minderoo Foundation.

The collaboration with Djinda Boodja is made possible by funding from the Federal Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications: Office for the Arts – Indigenous Contemporary Music program.

Hashtags: #WAYJO2022 #RechabiteJazz #BigBand #Latin #HipHop #Indigenous #Collaboration
Photograph: Zero Emcee (management supplied)

Media Contact:
Justine Thornley, WAYJO Marketing
marketing@wayjo.com
+61 8 9471 1950


WAYJO presents Jessica Carlton and the Music of Kenny Wheeler

UPDATE: 12 APRIL 2022

Due to increased COVID cases in Perth
WAYJO presents Jessica Carlton and the Music of Kenny Wheeler
has been postponed to Fri 8 July, 8.00pm 

Anyone previously purchasing tickets for the April show who can no longer attend will be offered a full refund.

The WA Youth Jazz Orchestra (WAYJO) presents Jessica Carlton plays the Music of Kenny Wheeler – a concert featuring impressive trumpet focussed jazz on Friday 8 July at Lyric’s Underground in Maylands.

WAYJO are thrilled to feature a night of amazing jazz lead by one of Australia’s most talented and promising female trumpet players Jessica Carlton.

“Since moving to Perth, I have been very excited by the work that WAYJO do as an organisation that is focused on inspiring and educating young musicians. I am of course passionate about music, but also about providing positive and safe environments for young musicians to develop in” states Jessica. “As a tutor, I have been involved with Young Women in Jazz and WAYJO Club, and very much looking forward to working with WAYJO as a performer, plus working with the musicians of Wednesday Night Orchestra.”

“I am also a big fan of Kenny Wheeler, and his music has influenced me as a trumpet player and composer significantly, so I’m looking forward to taking on the challenge of performing his music.”

Kenny Wheeler was an important and unique voice in jazz as a trumpeter and big band composer. His lyrical and unorthodox style of playing has influenced generations of trumpet players and his albums for big band, including ‘Music For Small and Large Ensembles’ are considered classics.

This concert will feature two significant Wheeler works, ‘A Long Time Ago Suite’ and ‘The Sweet Time Suite’ – featuring Jessica Carlton on trumpet.

“Jessica has recently moved to Perth after living and studying in Melbourne and New York. Carlton’s lyrical and melodic improvisational style is influenced by Wheeler. She is a distinct voice in the Australian jazz scene” states WAYJO Artistic Director Mace Francis.

Jessica appears thanks to WAYJO’s 2022 Major Programs Partner, Minderoo Foundation.

WAYJO presents Jessica Carlton plays the Music of Kenny Wheeler
WAYJO Wednesday Night Orchestra, with special guest Jessica Carlton
Fri 8 July, 8.00pm
Lyric’s Underground, Maylands
Tickets wayjo.com

Hashtags: #WAYJO2022 #JazzUnderground #JessCarltonTrumpet
Photograph: Jessica Carlton – by Tom Greble

Media Contact:
Justine Thornley, WAYJO Marketing
marketing@wayjo.com
+61 8 9471 1950


WAYJO Announces 2022 Season and Block Party Launch

UPDATE: 10 MARCH 2022
2022 WAYJO Season Launch Virtual Block Party now moves from stage to screen due to pandemic restrictions in Perth
Sun 20 March, 4.00pm - Free Online Video Event
youtube.com/wayouthjazzorchestra

Join us online to hear about the upcoming season, and help welcome the newest band members into the WAYJO family!

Choose your refreshments, find a comfortable place, and enjoy a virtual jazz picnic with the WAYJO MinterEllison Monday, St John of God Health Care Tuesday, and Wednesday Night Orchestras, all premiering on YouTube.

The WA Youth Jazz Orchestra (WAYJO) literally swings back in 2022 with an exciting series of concerts.

Opening the season is the 2022 Season Launch Block Party, Sunday 20 March from 4.00pm. Held on the recently installed Sea Container stage at The Rise in Maylands, this outdoor miniature amphitheatre presents all three big bands in a free community open-air concert. Refreshments will be available around the park, so bring a rug and your mask to enjoy an afternoon jazz picnic. Join the MinterEllison Monday Night Orchestra, St John of God Health Care Tuesday Night Orchestra and the Wednesday Night Orchestra, and be first to grab a copy of the season brochure, plus welcome WAYJO’s newest members.

This year’s program boasts big band instruments of the ‘horn’ section, with highly regarded local trumpet, trombone and saxophone performers making up the majority of the guest artist roster.

WAYJO also presents exciting artistic collaboration Beats & Pieces: From Latino To Electro to get you up and dancing, including ‘electro-fying’ work with students from Abmusic. “This event combines the popular WAYJO Latin Explosion shows from 2019 and 2021 with a new Abmusic collaboration, working with their hip-hop and electronic music students to create something new and powerful.” – Mace Francis, WAYJO Artistic Director.

Jessica Carlton Plays The Music of Kenny Wheeler kicks off the season on April 23rd at Lyric’s Underground. Jess recently moved to Perth after living and studying in Melbourne and New York. Highly influenced by Wheeler’s lyrical and melodic improvisational style on trumpet and flugelhorn, Jess is a distinct voice in the Australian jazz scene.

Gemma Farrell Meets WAYJO presents this outstanding saxophonist, composer and educator at Lyric’s Underground July 30th. “WAYJO is very proud to have Gemma showcased as a performer, and to show audiences the variety and versatility of what the saxophone family can do… because she plays them all” states Mace. 

‘Taint What You Do 21st of August at The Rechabite Hall brings back the charm and splendour of live dance band evenings. This relaxed early Sunday evening show is perfect for dancers of all ages and families to enjoy classic jazz. Dress up and get down on this amazing wooden floor, along with the local swing dancing community.

The Trombone: Big Band Backbone visits the Subiaco Arts Centre 17th of September with three of WA’s finest trombonists. Jeremy Grieg, Catherine Noblet and Will Pethick all served in WAYJO in different eras, coming together to showcase the instrument that Beethoven once described as “the voice of God.”

Celebrating The Greats: Mingus’ & Basie Band Member 100th Birthday, October 14th & 15th Downstairs at The Maj, pays tribute to the greats by celebrating the 100th birthday of Charles Mingus, plus many members of the Count Basie Orchestra. Fans of Eddie ‘lockjaw’ Davis, Joe Newman, Frank Wess and Ernie Wilkins (all Count Basie Orchestra members born in 1922) will enjoy this classic jazz celebration.

The Best Of 2022 show 25th November wraps up the year with all three big bands at the Quarry Amphitheatre. A sell out show several years in a row, be sure to book early to hear each band present their favourite works from the annual program. After a full year of working together, these bands have never sounded better to farewell some of our players and the year that was.

The 2022 WAYJO season runs from March to November, with the full season of events to be published at wayjo.com from Monday 21 March. With an exciting range of styles across local venues on offer, there’s something for everyone – so buy local, and go see a show with WAYJO!

WAYJO thanks Government Partner the Department of Local Government, Sport, and Cultural Industries, Principal Partner North West Shelf Gas, Major Programs Partner Minderoo Foundation, MinterEllison Monday Night Orchestra Naming Rights Partner, St John of God Health Care Tuesday Night Orchestra Naming Rights Partner, and Healthway Act Belong Commit for their continued support.

Hashtags: #WAYJO2022 #WAYJOblockparty
Photograph: WAYJO MNO at 2021 Block Party in Lyric Lane – by Josh Wells

Media Contact:
Justine Thornley, WAYJO Marketing
marketing@wayjo.com
+61 8 9471 1950


WAYJO Swing WAAPA Sings - 27 Nov

WAYJO Swings and WAAPA Sings at The Quarry, 27 November

Join all three WAYJO bands, plus two Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) vocal ensembles, in one glorious night under the stars to close out WAYJO’s 2021 season in style.

Experience the timeless magic of the big band, coupled with power of the WAAPA Jazz Choir & WAAPA Gospel Choir, all on the majestic stage of the Quarry Amphitheatre, Saturday 27 November.

The WAAPA Gospel Choir was formed at the beginning of 2015 and is directed by Matt Allen. An audition-only ensemble consisting of Bachelor of Music students from the Contemporary Music course at WAAPA, they have recorded with hip hop giant Drapht, featuring on his album ‘Seven Mirrors’ that was nominated for an Aria Award.

“The marriage of gospel music with a jazz big band will be an entirely unique and uplifting experience” states Matt. “The moments of complete collaboration with the jazz vocal ensemble, the gospel choir and WAYJO will be the highlight of the show for sure. Having that many amazing musicians all on stage at once will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience…. You can expect some big singing and big arrangements, that will hopefully leave you feeling invigorated and inspired.”

The WAAPA Jazz Vocal Ensemble features the amazing talents of 17 exceptional young vocalists, currently studying in the WAAPA jazz course. Directed by Victoria Newton, the ensemble perform an eclectic mix of Jazz, World Music, contemporary and original repertoire.

“Audiences can expect some swinging Count Basie and Duke Ellington classics in the style of Lambert, Hendricks and Ross, and New York Voices” says Victoria. “We’ll also be performing a funky rendition of Teach Me Tonight and a magnificent original work by Grant Windsor, entitled Nascimento…. We are beyond excited for this wonderful opportunity to perform with the outstanding WAYJO orchestras and the WAAPA Gospel Choir in this magnificent setting.”

The MinterEllison Monday Night Orchestra led by Ricki Malet, will be playing music made famous by jazz greats such as Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald and more, sharing the stage with WAAPA Jazz Choir for some vocal classics.

“The Tuesday night Orchestra will present a set of great jazz… performing some well-known swinging tunes originally made famous by the likes of Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra, as well as getting funky with some lesser-known works – there will even be a couple of songs featuring the WAAPA Gospel Choir!” Marty Pervan – TNO Director.

Both choirs also take to the stage with the Wednesday Night Orchestra, as led by acting Director Gemma Farrell, for a momentous grand finale that is one of WAYJO’s largest on-stage undertakings.

These two powerhouse vocal ensembles meet the WAYJO MinterEllison Monday Night, Tuesday and Wednesday Night Orchestras, in a one-off performance set to raise spirits in a unique celebration of Perth’s incredible musical talent.

For more information, please visit wayjo.com

WAYJO Swings – WAAPA Sings!
WAYJO MinterEllison MNO, TNO & WNO, with special guests WAAPA Jazz & WAAPA Gospel Choirs
Sat 27 Nov, 7.30pm
The Quarry Amphitheatre, City Beach | Tickets wayjo.com

Media Link: https://wayjo.com/2021-wayjo-waapa
Hashtags: #WAYJO2021 #WAYJOswingsWAAPAsings


WAYJO thanks continuing Government Partner, the Department of Local Government, Sport, and Cultural Industries, Lotterywest, Principal Partner North West Shelf Gas, Major Programs Partner Minderoo Foundation, MinterEllison Monday Night Orchestra Naming Rights Partner, St John of God Healthcare Tuesday Night Orchestra Naming Rights Partner, and Healthway Act-Belong-Commit.

WAYJO Swings WAPPA Sings - 27 Nov

Reece Clark (left) & Brendan Keller-Tuberg (right)

2021 WAYJO Composer Commissions Premiere in October

Now in its 14th year, the WA Youth Jazz Orchestra’s Composer in Residence program has annually supported two emerging composers to develop new works for a large jazz ensemble, offering both generous commission fees and artistic mentorship.

Exciting new ensemble works by Brendan Keller-Tuberg and Reece Clark premiere 22 October at The Modern Masters, a night of both contemporary and commissioned jazz, performed by WAYJO’s seasoned Wednesday Night Orchestra along with special guest (WAAPA Associate Dean of Music and WAYJO alumni) Dr Jamie Oehlers.

“When I was 14, WAYJO was the organisation that really focussed my attention on music and inspired me to become a professional musician” says Jamie. “I have so many great memories of my time in WAYJO – from the weekly rehearsals with people who became my lifelong friends, to the yearly Leeuwin Estate concerts and the tour to Wangaratta Jazz Festival, which introduced me to the wider Australian jazz community. Having the opportunity to perform with the great young musicians in the band now, and hopefully help to inspire some to develop careers playing this music that we love, is the most enjoyable aspect of this collaboration, for sure!”

Brendan Keller-Tuberg is a 26-year-old award winning artist in the ACT, who spent 6-months on exchange at the Jacobs School of Music in Indiana, USA studying performance in jazz bass during 2017. “Audiences are going to hear… big band compositions which were written between May-August 2021” States Brendan. “This particular time in my life was a very climactic one – having rushed home to Canberra to wait out the pandemic in March 2020, these months were spent preparing to return to America to begin doctoral study at the Jacobs School of Music. The three pieces (written) are all contrasting in their tone and atmosphere, and are roughly inspired by different aspects of this impending move to America….”

“I feel so privileged and excited to have received the opportunity to compose for WAYJO – the opportunities to compose for such a large instrumentation and to have your works performed are extremely rare! As a high-level big band for young musicians in Australia, WAYJO is so important and brings so much to the Australian jazz landscape… Getting to write music without any creative limitation has been a true joy…. to also take bold creative risks where appropriate and applicable! And I’m so excited to hear the results.”

Reece Clark, a 24-year-old multi-instrumentalists and composer, is from WA and also WAYJO & WAAPA alumni. “This upcoming commission has been an interesting step in my development as a composer over the past few months. I had an overarching idea to create something influenced by the interaction between water and light which developed into the Storm Suite, a suite of pieces detailing three interactions with a gradually developed level of intensity….”

“It has been a thoroughly enriching process for me to cultivate each of these pieces both in isolation and within the context of the Storm Suite, with each showcasing a different style and form of writing through the framework of the big band.”

For more information about WAYJO’s annual composer in residence program and commissioning, please visit wayjo.com/composer-in-residence – or visit wayjo.com for more about the orchestra and ticketing links.

Jamie appears thanks to WAYJO’s 2021 Major Programs Partner, Minderoo Foundation.

WAYJO presents The Modern Masters
WNO with special guest Dr Jamie Oehlers
Fri 22 Oct, 7.30pm
Lyric’s Underground, Maylands | Tickets wayjo.com

WAYJO presents The Modern Masters - 22 Oct Lyric's Underground, Maylands

Spice Up Your Winter with WAYJO’s Latin Explosion, 28 August

After two sell out shows Downstairs at The Maj earlier in the month, the WA Youth Jazz Orchestra (WAYJO) return for a second world-flavoured big band jazz show at The Rechabite, Saturday 28 August.

A Latin Explosion presents spicy Latin jazz grooves, pulsing percussion and raucous horns, performed with two of Perth’s most seasoned percussionists Iain Robbie and Marcus Perrozzi, also joined by the effervescent vocals of Adolfo Chavez.

“I have always loved the attitude and the intensity presented by the music from Latin American countries – especially Cuba, Columbia, Brazil and Mexico” states Marty Pervan, WAYJO’s Tuesday Night Orchestra Musical Director.

“It also amazes me that the essence of the history and culture from these countries is so alive in the music and dance traditions. The connection between jazz and Latin American music has a colourful and beautiful history, especially with so many cross-over artists who have made their name in jazz centres around the world like New York, Paris and London.”

“Being able to bring together two of my biggest musical passions (big band, and Latin American music) is always a special experience – and this, coupled with the joy of sharing this kind of musical tradition with the next generation of young jazz musicians is just fantastic. The way that the WAYJO band members’ faces light up when they hear a real live professional percussion section and a native speaking Latin American singer join them is priceless.”

This is a night for dancing. If you love Latin music, but dancing isn’t your thing, you can enjoy all the sights and the sounds from the upper levels!

Relive all the excitement of WAYJO’s 2019 very popular Afro-Cuban Explosion show. Grab your dancing shoes and tickets before they’re all gone.

Iain, Marcus and Adolfo appear thanks to WAYJO’s 2021 Major Programs Partner, Minderoo Foundation.

WAYJO presents A Latin Explosion

TNO with specials guests Iain Robbie, Marcus Perrozzi & Adolfo Chavez
Sat 28 Aug, 7.30pm
The Rechabite, Northbridge | Tickets wayjo.com

Hashtags: #WAYJO2021 #RechabiteJazz #LatinExplosion


Media Contact:
Justine Thornley
WAYJO Marketing
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+61 8 9471 1950

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Clarinet Virtuoso Adrian Galante Swings with WAYJO, August 6-7

The WA Youth Jazz Orchestra (WAYJO) are proud to present a show of swinging big band jazz with special guest clarinet virtuoso Adrian Galante, Downstairs at His Majesty’s Theatre, 6-7 August.

The 1930s were the Golden Age of Swing and the height of jazz as popular music. The clarinet was the instrument that shot Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw and Woody Herman into stardom and cemented them into jazz history.

Adrian Galante, Perth’s very own clarinet superstar, performs swing classics like ‘Begin the Beguine’, ‘Flying Home’, and ‘Sing, Sing, Sing’ with the WAYJO MinterEllison Monday Night Orchestra.

“The swinging sounds of the big band era is what began my love of jazz when I was a child…” states Adrian. “At that time I had just started playing the clarinet and was utterly enamoured by the sounds of Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Duke Ellington and all the wonderful bands of the period.

It is not often that I get to play this repertoire, so I am very excited to be revisiting some of the wonderful arrangements that first sparked my love of jazz all those years ago, and to be working with the wonderful young talents of the West Australian Youth Jazz Orchestra.”

Don’t miss this concert set to impress discerning swing jazz enthusiasts, and fans of slick liquorice stick licks!

Adrian appears thanks to WAYJO’s 2021 Major Programs Partner, Minderoo Foundation.

What people are saying about Adrian’s playing; 
“This young man is one of those musicians you can’t ignore; he commands the attention of both audience and fellow performers alike with his prodigious technique and flair for presentation. Mostly one must choose between hearing a serious musician or experiencing someone who can connect with the audience, Adrian is that rare person who understands the ‘performing’ part of performing arts without any compromise in musicianship or passion for the music.” – Jazz Trumpeter, James Morrison.

WAYJO presents The Golden Age of Swing
MinterEllison MNO with special guest Adrian Galante
Fri 6 & Sat 7 Aug, 7.30pm
Downstairs at The Maj, Perth | Tickets ptt.wa.gov.au/wayjo

Hashtags: #WAYJO2021 #JazzAtTheMaj #GoldenAgeOfSwing


Act Belong Commit Jazz at The Maj for Schools

Students and teachers may also enjoy a special 1-hour school concert-workshop with Adrian, Friday 6 August, 3.00pm.
School workshops are great value at just $15 (+bf) per student or teacher/parent – plus you receive 1 complimentary ticket per 9 purchased. School bookings can only be made by calling Perth Theatre Trust group bookings on 6212 9291, or email groups@ptt.wa.gov.au

Hashtags: #WAYJO2021 #ActBelongCommit #JazzSchool #GoldenAgeOfSwing


Media Contact:
Justine Thornley
WAYJO Marketing
marketing@wayjo.com
+61 8 9471 1950

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The Golden Age Of Swing 6-7 Aug

Kate Pass Kohesia Ensemble

Let WAYJO Take You on a Sonic Persian Carpet Ride in July

The WA Youth Jazz Orchestra (WAYJO) hits The Rechabite Hall, Saturday 10th July, with exciting newly commissioned works featuring special guests Kate Pass & the Kohesia Ensemble.

Blending jazz & Persian musical influences, Kate Pass has created something new, refreshing & very exciting. Kohesia Ensemble bring elements of the Persian Dastgah musical system in a special night of cross-cultural collaboration & freshly commissioned work simply not to be missed.

Kate Pass – Kohesia & the Far East Suite will explore non-western time structures and microtonal melodies, combining the sounds of Persian flute (ney), percussion (daf), lute (saz) and oud with 18-piece jazz orchestra for a truly unique experience.

WAYJO are proud to have commissioned Kate (WAYJO member 2009/10 & 2014), to now expand her ideas for big band with the Wednesday Night Orchestra (WNO).

I’m really excited to collaborate with Wednesday Night orchestra on this project” says Kate. “Being an alumni WAYJO band member myself, it’s truly an honour to be commissioned to write for the band.

The program will feature several members of Kohesia Ensemble, including Esfandiar Shahmir on ney, Reza Mirzaei on saz, and Mike Zolker on oud.

I think this is the first time this combination of instruments has been joined by a big band, so it’s an incredible opportunity to create something new and unique. It’s also an opportunity for the members of Kohesia ensemble and myself to explore a different tonal palette.

The instruments of Wednesday Night Orchestra provide a wonderful variety of colours and textures, that allow us to re-imagine the Kohesia Ensemble sound, and expand upon our ideas in a way we haven’t done before.”

Tickets for this show are on sale through Humanitix, a registered charity offering 100% of profits from booking fees towards education programs for Young Girls, and scholarships for Indigenous Australians… yet another great reason to see this show.

Kate and the Kohesia Ensemble appear thanks to WAYJO’s 2021 Major Programs Partner, Minderoo Foundation.

WAYJO presents Kate Pass: Kohesia & the Far East Suite
Sat 10 Jul, 7.30pm
WAYJO WNO, with special guests Kate Pass and the Kohesia Ensemble
The Rechabite, Northbridge | Tickets wayjo.com

Hashtags: #WAYJO2021 #RechabiteJazz #KatePassKohesia

Media Contact:
Justine Thornley
WAYJO Marketing
marketing@wayjo.com
+61 8 9471 1950

Photo of Kohesia Enemble by Josh Wells

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Kate Pass Kohesia & the Far East Suite

Classic, Contemporary & Commissioned Jazz in June

WAYJO are back with Jazz at The Maj, presenting Basie & Beyond – A Journey Through Jazz Downstairs at The Maj 11-12 June.

Let WAYJO take you on a bold jazz journey from Basie and into the big band beyond! Enjoy classic jazz repertoire, artfully paired with reinvented contemporary standards, presented by the WAYJO MinterEllison Monday Night Orchestra (MNO). The second half features the Wednesday Night Orchestra (WNO) premiering exciting new works by WAYJO alumni Alana Macpherson, commissioned by the Minderoo Foundation.

WNO bring to life a set of all new music by the Downbeat award-winning composer and arranger. The music, inspired by the composer’s reflections on Australia, was composed during several lockdowns in Europe throughout 2020. This is a unique opportunity to see Alana Macpherson in action shaping the music that was composed specifically for the orchestra.

Alana is a Perth born is a saxophonist and composer currently based in Graz, Austria. Following the 2019 release of her debut album “All or Nothing At All”, Macpherson won the Downbeat Student Music Award for Large Ensemble Arrangement, as well as the 2018 WAM awards for “Best Brass/Woodwind/Strings Instrumentalist” and “Best Live Jazz Act”. She has toured with Emil Spanyi (Hungary), performed with the Vine Street Horns (Phil Collins), KUG Jazz Orchestra, Graz Composer’s Orchestra, James Morrison Big Band, and the Evan Sherman Big Band, among others. Macpherson has performed her works at the Perth International Jazz Festival, King Street Corner Pocket Jazz Festival, and Jazzwerkstatt Festival (Austria).

There’s something for all contemporary and jazz music fans in this bold big band program simply not to be missed.

Tickets to all Jazz at The Maj shows, including the The Golden Age of Swing in August, are available from ptt.wa.gov.au/wayjo

Alana appears thanks to WAYJO’s 2021 Major Programs Partner, Minderoo Foundation.

What people are saying about Alana’s Music;
“Alana is not only is an excellent saxophone player, but she is finding her own unique voice as a composer, arranger and band-leader. She’s a fan of Bob Brookmeyer’s music and you can hear a clear continuation of his concepts in her writing.” – Ed Partyka 2019

Hashtags: #WAYJO2021 #JazzAtTheMaj #BasieAndBeyond


Act Belong Commit Jazz at The Maj for Schools

Students and teachers may also enjoy a special 1-hour school concert-workshop with Alana, Friday 11 June, 3.00pm.
School workshops are great value at just $15 (+bf) per student or teacher/parent – plus you receive 1 complimentary ticket per 9 purchased. School bookings can only be made by calling Perth Theatre Trust group bookings on 6212 9291, or email groups@ptt.wa.gov.au

Hashtags: #WAYJO2021 #ActBelongCommit #JazzSchool #BasieAndBeyond


Media Contact:
Justine Thornley
WAYJO Marketing
marketing@wayjo.com
+61 8 9471 1950

Photos by Simon Reithofer, Reithofer Media


Make Mother’s Day with Jazz at The Maj – Oh, Lady Be Good!

The WA Youth Jazz Orchestra (WAYJO) are excited to return to His Majesty’s Theatre for 2021.

Opening a season of three Jazz at The Maj shows for the year, Oh, Lady Be Good makes a songful entrance Downstairs at The Maj 7-8 Mayjust in time for the Mother’s Day weekend.

Take a Quickstep back into a bygone era of style and glamour! Join special guest vocalist Victoria Newton (WAYJO member 1987-89), the WAYJO Tuesday Night Orchestra plus all three of the big band vocalists, for this showcase of beloved big band vocal repertoire.

Victoria has serenaded audiences across the world with her style, technique and humour. Now head of jazz voice at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, she’s worked the London jazz scene, collaborated with Acid-Jazz legend the late Ronny Jordan, and supported Terence Blanchard at the Jazz Café with her quartet.

Enjoy this show at the historic Greenwich Club site – now Downstairs at The Maj – nestled beneath Perth’s iconic His Majesty’s Theatre. Escape the hustle and bustle of the CBD to indulge in the relaxed and revamped Downstairs Bar, with cosy cabaret-style seating, plus fascinating foyer displays from the Museum of Performing Arts Collection.

WAYJO’s last show at The Maj was a sell-out, so best book those tickets soon - and don’t forget to treat Mum too!

You can subscribe & save $10 per adult priced ticket by purchasing all three WAYJO Jazz at The Maj shows in the same transaction; 7-8 May: Oh, Lady Be Good | 11-12 June: Basie & Beyond | 6-7 August: The Golden Age of Swing - head to ptt.wa.gov.au/wayjo

Victoria appears thanks to WAYJO’s 2021 Major Programs Partner, Minderoo Foundation.

What people are saying about Victoria;
“A fabulous strong clear voice with a great sense of time and an even greater sense of fun!” - Steve Rubie, 606 Club, London
“Deeply into the music, a real jazz singer” - Brian Blain, Jazz UK
“A jazz singer a cut above the crowd” - John Fordham, The Guardian, UK

Hashtags: #WAYJO2021 #JazzAtTheMaj #OhLadyBeGood

Media Contact:
Justine Thornley
WAYJO Marketing
marketing@wayjo.com
+61 8 9471 1950

 

WAYJO presents Oh Lady Be Good, 7-8 May. Tickets ptt.wa.gov.au/wayjo