WAYJO Bring Big Band Vegas to The Astor Theatre

For one night only, the WA Youth Jazz Orchestra (WAYJO) present a swinging night of big-band jazz at the Astor Theatre!

Celebrate all that is Vegas with not one but two 18-piece jazz bands, in a superb Art Deco venue that will resonate with the big band sound, Saturday June 1st.

The Rat Pack, Tom Jones, Elvis. Louis Prima... enjoy the swinging sounds of the ultra-lounge performed live on stage by one of Australia’s premiere jazz orchestras, with incredible performers that just happen to be aged 25 or under!

"This year Vegas Baby! will send you back to an era of sophistication and decadence when the music of Sinatra, Ella, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr and the Count Basie Orchestra were in their prime.” WAYJO artistic director and Wednesday Night Orchestra’s conductor Mace Francis.

WAYJO are grateful for the support received every year from all of the staff at the Astor Theatre. City of Stirling also supports the event through its Cultural Development fund.

Book now with the password MTLAWLEYfor $5.90 off standard tickets.

Vegas, Baby!
Saturday 1 June, 7.30pm
The Astor Theatre, Mt Lawley
Tickets only from astortheatreperth.com

King St Corner Pocket Jazz Festival 2019 Announced

WAYJO’s extraordinary jazz hit of 2018 – the King Street Corner Pocket Jazz Festival – returns to the city this July.

Boasting 55 shows and more than 200 performers, the festival showcases WA’s top emerging and established jazz musicians from 4-6 July 2019.

City venues include His Majesty’s Theatre, The Sewing Room, the InterContinental Perth City Centre Hotel, Cheeky Sparrow and Prince Lane.

WAYJO General Manger Simon Keen said it was exciting to be staging the second King Street Corner Pocket Festival.

“Last year’s debut festival was a huge success and this year we’ve got more shows plus new venues such as Cheeky Sparrow and Prince Lane,” he said.

“King Street Corner Pocket Festival has something for everyone with big band jazz, intimate duos and trios, and some of the best emerging jazz artists Perth has to offer.

Featured artists include WAYJO’s popular Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday Night Orchestras plus fabulous locals such as up and comers Demon Days, Fat Sparrow’s final ever gig, and an album launch from Harry Mitchell’s Trio.

Performances start at 5.30pm, 6pm, 7pm, 7.30pm, 8.30pm and 9pm. The good news is that If you miss the start of a show you can pop in for just $5.”

Tickets are $15 for a full show, with discounted passes to see multiple shows at The Sewing Room and Prince Lane. The Pocket Pass of 10 performance vouchers is available for $125.

Festival performers include the WAYJO Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday Night Orchestras – plus;
457 World Jazz, Anea Duratovic Quintet, Ardent, Bill and Ben, Bunbury SHS Jazz Ensemble, Dan Garner and the 4 Piece Combo, Demon Days, DSUS Afro-Peruvian Group, Fat Sparrow, Five Pillars of Salt, Gemma Farrell Quintet, Hanna Kim Trio, Helium, Holli Scott & Ben Matthews, Holli Scott & the Rush Hour Circus, Imogen Thomson/Austin Salisbury ‘Mejadra’, James Sewell Quintet, Jessica Carlton Sextet, Joshua Cusack 4tet, Joshua Nicholls Plus Seven, Ko-Ko, Kohesia, Kristian Borring Trio, Libby Hammer, Localz2000, Marc Osborne Quartet, Matt Smith presents Driftwood, Maximillian Wickham Quintet, MELVE plays Blue Note, Nueva Salsa Orchestra, Oz Big Band, Penny King Quartet, Perth Cabaret Collective, Perth Wind and Fire, Phoebus Cartel, Reece Clark & Friends, Ricki Malet Quartet, Russell Holmes Trio, Sarah Ramsey Trio, Sassafras Trio plus special guest Steve Searle, Split Kick, Sylvia Cornes Duo, Synken, The Greig-Kelly Quintet with Victoria Newton, The Island Trio, The Love Rats, The Singer Songwriters of Jazz, Trio Trio, TRISK, TVQ, Vib3, William Chiew Quartet.

Tickets are on sale now from ptt.wa.gov.au - head to cornerpocket.com.au for more.

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WA Youth Jazz Orchestra (WAYJO) is WA's leading jazz big band and the premier youth jazz orchestra in Australia. Each year, we engage about 100 emerging and established artists and perform in front of more than 30,000 people across Western Australia.

New programming has seen WAYJO’s ticketed audiences grow from 1,500 in 2016 to over 8,000 in 2018.

WAYJO is a not-for-profit organisation and has grown from supporting a single 18-piece ensemble to the three orchestras it has today – the Monday Night Orchestra, Tuesday Night Orchestra and the Wednesday Night Orchestra. Since 1983, WAYJO has nurtured outstanding young musicians, aged between 14 and 25 years, through programs designed to develop life skills like commitment, collaboration and self-confidence.

WAYJO alumni have gone on to successful careers in the music industry locally, nationally and internationally, and continue to contribute to the vibrancy and diversity of Australian culture.

For more information, including concerts, bookings, workshops and auditions, head to wayjo.com

WAYJO MNO South West Tour 2019

WA Youth Jazz Orchestra (WAYJO) presents big-band jazz in Mandurah and Albany, each for one night only!

The WAYJO Monday Night Orchestra (MNO) bring toe-tapping jazz stylings as part of their 2019 Act-Belong-Commit South West Regional Tour this May.

The MNO bring their recently sold-out Perth show of New Orleans Big Band Jazz to Morning Melodies at the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre, May 13th. Join WAYJO as their young musicians take you back to the origins of jazz in a concert of fun filled music, which includes a morning tea from 10.00am.

This 18-piece jazz orchestra, directed by nationally acclaimed trumpeter Ricki Malet, will also visit Albany Entertainment Centre, May 15th.

The MNO play repertoire inspired by the big bands of the 1930s to the 1960s, led by such icons as Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Thad Jones, Mel Lewis, Woody Herman and Stan Kenton.

Enjoy grooving classic big band classics, performed by one of Australia’s leading youth jazz orchestra’s that has been described as one of the country’s cultural gems!

WAYJO Act-Belong-Commit South West Regional Tour
MNO Live in Mandurah
Monday 13 May, 11.00 am - 12.00pm | morning tea from 10.00 am
Mandurah Performing Arts Centre
Tickets manpac.com.au

MNO Live in Albany
Wednesday 15 May, 7.30pm - 8.30pm
Albany Entertainment Centre
Free Entry for this community event



Jess Herbert
WAYJO Office Manager & Tour Coordinator
+61 8 9471 1950

Justine Thornley
WAYJO Marketing
+61 8 9471 1950

International Jazz Day 2019

Celebrate International Jazz Day at this FREE concert event featuring the next generation of jazz greats from the WA Youth Jazz Orchestra and WAAPA.

In November 2011, UNESCO officially designated April 30 as International Jazz Day in order to highlight jazz and its diplomatic role of uniting people in all corners of the globe. This year the official international celebration is held in Melbourne.

This event is presented in collaboration with WAYJO, Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), the Perth International Jazz Festival and with kind support from the Minderoo Foundation.

WAYJO & WAAPA Celebrate International Jazz Day
State Theatre Centre Courtyard
Tuesday 30 April, Doors 5:30pm
6:30pm WAAPA
8:30pm WAYJO
FREE General Admission

Check out the exciting range of events from around the world, online at jazzday.com


WAYJO Announces 2019 Season

WAYJO Announces 2019 Season

The West Australian Youth Jazz Orchestra (WAYJO) launches its 2019 season with a focus on the birthplace of jazz, the USA, welcoming celebrated international guest artists.

The 2019 annual program has the theme of “An American Jazz Story”, with all core events focused on a different American theme, whether it’s a city and style or a celebration of composers and songs.

Jazz at The Maj returns from April to November, featuring stunning concerts in the beautifully intimate Downstairs at the Maj. The season kicks off in April with a celebration of The Great American Songbook, hot on the heels of the 2018 sell-out “Ladies Sing the Blues” and delivering a night of the best sung jazz standards.

In May, WAYJO welcomes trombonist Mariel Bildsten (USA) to perform Dixieland Stomp, a riotous journey through New Orleans style jazz. Ms Bildsten last appeared in Perth as part of the Evan Sherman Big Band (Perth Festival, 2017).

July sees WAYJO visit Detroit in Jazz with a Touch of Motown as they celebrate the Motor City’s storied contribution to jazz.

In a huge coup for the company, Dick Oatts performs with WAYJO in August for Central Park North, a tribute to jazz from New York City. Mr Oatts is the Artistic Director and lead alto saxophone player with the fabled Vanguard Orchestra, and these concerts will be a highlight of the year.

September sees WAYJO working with Iain Robbie, Steve Richter and Adolfo Chavez, popular local artists known for their Latin style in The Afro Cuban Explosion. Miami Cuban jazz will have audiences dancing in their seats to infectious rhythms and percussion.

Everybody Needs Somebody to Love opens in October as WAYJO dedicates a night to the bluesy style of Chicago’s jazz scene.

Jazz at The Maj concludes in November with Jazz at the Movies, presenting favourites and surprising compositions from Hollywood, from The Pink Panther theme to The Incredibles for all the family to enjoy.

WAYJO’s annual gala event at the Astor Theatre returns in June with Vegas, Baby!. A night of big band show tunes made popular in the old Vegas rat-pack style will pack houses.

Jazz Under the Stars closes out the year at the stunning Quarry Amphitheatre featuring all three of WAYJO’s 18-piece big bands.

The sell-out Jazz for Juniors returns as part of WAYJO’s ongoing education program.

The 2019 season will continue WAYJO’s growth as a company. From 1,500 ticketed attendances in 2016, WAYJO’s program has grown to attract over 8,000 attendees in 2018.

WAYJO is the small company that has WA’s arts community buzzing with an exciting 2019 on the horizon.

WAYJO 2019 Season Overview

Jazz at The Maj

Downstairs at His Majesty's Theatre - April to November

The Great American Songbook
April 5-6

Dixieland Stomp featuring Mariel Bildsten (USA)
May 3-4

Jazz with a Touch of Motown
July 5-6

Central Park North featuring Dick Oatts (USA)
August 2-3

The Afro-Cuban Explosion
September 6-7

Everybody Needs Somebody to Love
October 4-5

Jazz at the Movies
November 8-9

Jazz for Juniors

His Majesty’s Theatre - April 16-17, July 9-10, & October 1-2

Vegas, Baby!

Astor Theatre - June 1

The Debut Collection

The Ellington Jazz Club – June 22

The Artemis Project

The Ellington Jazz Club – October 19

Jazz Under the Stars

Quarry Amphitheatre - November 22

WAYJO Stars to Shine Next Month at the Quarry

WAYJO Stars to Shine Next Month at the Quarry

Western Australia’s leading jazz big band – WAYJO – presents a night of jazz under the stars at the Quarry Amphitheatre next month.

They will perform jazz classics by American pianist, composer and bandleader Duke Ellington plus hits from the 1960 album, The Nutcracker Suite, on 22 and 23 November.

WAYJO General Manager Simon Keen said a night at the Quarry in late November was the perfect way to welcome the summer season.

“Our Jazz Under the Stars program is one of our most popular performances each year and we know that audiences will love hearing some of Duke Ellington’s best work plus classics like ‘Sugar Rum Cherry’ and ‘Dance of the Floreadores’,” he said.

“Two of our popular orchestras – the Monday Night Orchestra and the Tuesday Night Orchestra – will perform Ellington classics, while our Wednesday Night Orchestra will showcase Ellington’s jazz interpretations of The Nutcracker.”

Mr Keen said Jazz Under the Stars would be WAYJO’s 2018 season finale.

“It’s been a big year for WAYJO. We have curated around 100 ticketed performances, with attendance expected to reach over 8,000 across the ticketed program, tremendous growth from the approximately 1,600 who attended our 2016 season.”

WAYJO will also be distributing their 2019 season brochure, launching the program at the concerts.

Tickets to Jazz Under the Stars Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker are available from ticketmaster.com.au

WAYJO presents Renowned Saxophonist Julian Argüelles, Fri 3 & Sat 4 August

Renowned Saxophonist and Composer’s Australian Premiere

WAYJO presents Julian Argüelles, Fri 3 & Sat 4 August!

Award winning saxophonist & composer Julian Argüelles will premiere his music this August as a guest of WAYJO in Perth. This premier is made possible by WAYJO’s exchange programme with the KUG Jazz institute in Graz, Austria (previous visitors include renowned conductor / composers Ed Partika and pianist Mike Abene).

As a player, Argüelles has been described as a composite of Charles Lloyd and Wayne Shorter. Throw in comparisons to that of Holst, Elgar and Finzi with some moving Spanish folk and grooving South African influences, and you pretty much have the makings of a joyous listening experience suitable for all lovers of music, not just jazz.

Julian Argüelles has appeared on over 120 CDs as a guest and has just released his 15th CD as a leader (Tonadas). Argüelles has built an impressive reputation for his big band writing and arranging in recent years, as well as presenting world-standard small-band post-bop that now spans three decades. Born in Birmingham UK to Anglo Spanish parents, Argüelles has toured and recorded throughout the world with leading musicians and bands such as the NDR and HR Frankfurt big bands in Germany, Aarhus Jazz Orchestra in Denmark, Carla Bley, Hermeto Pascoal, Dave Holland, John Taylor, Loose Tubes, John Scofield & Mike Gibbs and Kenny Wheeler to name a select few.

Julian left the UK in 2015 to take up a Professorship at the KUG Jazz Institute in Graz, Austria where he is already attracting many sax students to study. It is the oldest established jazz course in Europe. He is proud of his Birmingham (UK) roots, and was delighted to receive an Honorary Fellowship from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire in 2017 for services to music.

WAYJO presents Jazz at The Maj - His Majesty’s Theatre, Perth:
Fri 3 Aug, 3.00pm | School Concert & Workshop with Julian Argüelles - wayjo.com/education/concert-for-schools
Fri 3 Aug, 7:30pm | Jazz at The Maj: Julian Argüelles - bit.ly/JulianArguellesWAYJO
Sat 4 Aug, 7:30pm | Jazz at The Maj: Julian Argüelles - bit.ly/JulianArguellesWAYJO

More information on Julian at julianarguelles.com


Julian Argüelles is available for interview while in Perth 31st July to 4th August through his Manager;
Cathie Rae
+43 6641 605 135

MEDIA: WAYJO's Jazz at The Maj artist images can be accessed online at http://bit.ly/JaTM18
For more information about WAYJO concerts and event, email marketing@wayjo.com

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Enjoy Big Band Jazz in an Historic Jazz Dive, 5-7 July!

King Street Corner Pocket Jazz Festival 2018

Enjoy Big Band Jazz in an Historic Jazz Dive, 5-7 July!

King Street Corner Pocket is shaping up to be Perth’s newest and hottest destination this Winter. Choose your own adventure with over 40 shows, boasting 38 acts at 5 venues in a 3-night celebration of Perth jazz.

Revisit 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 Downstairs Bar atmosphere, with cosy cabaret-style seating to warm your winter’s night.

Downstairs at The Maj is the festival home for big band jazz, presenting 30-40 minute shows by Alana Macpherson and Priscilla Gardiner with Strings, Perth Cabaret Collective, SHOWAYJO (WAYJO Japanese exchange orchestra collaboration) plus WAYJO’s own Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday Night Orchestras.

For full festival details, head to cornerpocket.com.au. Tickets & discount Pocket Passes are available exclusively from your nearest Perth Theatre Trust box office, or online at ptt.wa.gov.au.

Download the full Festival Program here!

King Street Corner Pocket 2018
Downstairs at The Maj Program

Thursday 5 July

WAYJO Monday Night Orchestra

6.00pm & 7.30pm WAYJO Monday Night Orchestra

The WAYJO Monday Night Orchestra launch the Corner Pocket Festival with two concerts packed full of the best big band hits from the likes of Count Basie, Duke Ellington and more.


Alana Macpherson and Priscilla Gardiner with Strings

9.00pm Alana Macpherson and Priscilla Gardiner with Strings

Alana Macpherson (WAM award nominee 2017) brings her own luscious compositions to life with a top string quartet and the enchanting vocals of Prisicilla Gardiner.


Friday 6 July

WAYJO Tuesday Night Orchestra

6.00pm & 7.30pm WAYJO Tuesday Night Orchestra

WAYJO’s Tuesday Night Orchestra bring the unexpected to Corner Pocket, with compositions from the top female composers of big band repertoire via Australia and the World. Ellen Kirkwood, Maria Schneider and more will feature across the two performances.




Leading the way in commissioning new big band music and developing jazz composers, the Wednesday Night Orchestra presents the Debut Collection. Featuring the work of Composer-in-Residence Tim Newhouse and Associate Composer-in-Residence Max Wickham, check out the exciting new pieces by two of Perth’s best up and coming jazz artists.


Saturday 7 July

WAYJO Wednesday Night Orchestra

6.00pm & 7.30pm WAYJO Wednesday Night Orchestra

Leading the way in commissioning new big band music and developing jazz composers, the Wednesday Night Orchestra presents the Debut Collection. Featuring the work of Composer-in-Residence Tim Newhouse and Associate Composer-in-Residence Max Wickham, check out the exciting new pieces by two of Perth’s best up and coming jazz artists.


Perth Cabaret Collective

9.00pm Perth Cabaret Collective

The four-time award winning Perth Cabaret Collective are coming to King Street Corner Pocket. This 10 piece, jazz/cabaret band will transport you to 1920's jazz scene, specialising in everything from the sexy and sultry to the downright dirty. This one-off performance is set to be a highlight of the festival.


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5-Star Jazz at InterContinental Perth City Centre, 5-7 July!

King Street Corner Pocket Jazz Festival 2018

5-Star Jazz at InterContinental Perth City Centre, 5-7 July!

King Street Corner Pocket is shaping up to be Perth’s newest and hottest destination this Winter. Choose your own adventure with over 40 shows, boasting 38 acts at 5 venues in a 3-night celebration of Perth jazz.

Step into the InterContinental Perth City Centre - a haven where lifestyle meets luxury, sophistication meets culture and moments make memories. Enjoy an eclectic selection of Perth’s Jazz in Gallery Meeting Suite 3, situated on the first floor of this opulent 5-star hotel.

Neighbouring His Majesty’s Theatre, corner Hay and Kings Streets Perth, the InterContinental hosts 9 shows over 3 nights; Josh Cusack Seven Sided Die, Jamie Oehlers Quartet, Velu, Matt Smith 6, Tristan Wills Quartet, Austin Salisbury Quartet, Live Wyre, Human Contact and The Newhouse Collective.

For full festival details, head to cornerpocket.com.au. Tickets & discount Pocket Passes are available exclusively from your nearest Perth Theatre Trust box office, or online at ptt.wa.gov.au.

Download the full Festival Program here!

King Street Corner Pocket 2018
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Thursday 5 July

6.00pm Josh Cusack’s Seven Sided Die

Sometimes dark and a little quirky, composer Joshua Cusack formed this ensemble with the ability to keep the improvisational tradition alive within his own compositions. Consisting of a four-piece horn section supported by a three-piece rhythm section, Seven Sided Die are heavily inspired by the hard bop, post-bop and Avant-guard era. Expect many twists, turns, and rolls of the die.


7.30pm Jamie Oehlers Quartet

One of Australia’s leading jazz artists and saxophonists, Jamie Oehlers brings his quartet featuring some of the country’s leading lights for two intimate performances. It’s harder to name the jazz greats that Oehlers hasn’t performed with and this is a unique opportunity to experience the best Australia has to offer as close as you can get.


9.00pm Velu

Perth’s newest jazz quartet led by Meg Davidson (saxophone), Velu are set to wow audiences with an engaging set of tunes in the trad jazz tradition. An array of original compositions and reimagined standards await audiences in these thoughtful and charming performances.


Friday 6 July

6.00pm Matt Smith 6

Trumpeter and composer Matt Smith has appeared on stage with some of Australia’s leading Jazz and Hip-Hop Musicians; from Vince Jones and Rai Thistlethwayte to Drapht and Mathas. The Matt Smith 6 feature some of the most dedicated young jazz musicians Perth has seen, presenting thoughtful and technically brilliant performances sure to leave audiences wanting more.


7.30pm Tristan Wills Quartet

The Tristan Wills Quartet performs the original, heavily energised compositions of Tristan Wills. Influenced by artists such as Tigran Hamasyan, Ambrose Akinmusire and Avishai Cohen. The Tristan Wills Quartet has performed at many venues in Perth including the Ellington, Canton bar, Bar sequel and many more. They are excitedly anticipating the performance of new original compositions as well as well known originals.


9.00pm Austin Salisbury Quartet

Jazz Giants. Oscar Peterson, Lennie Tristano, Lee Konitz, Charlie Parker and Dave Brubeck are some of the legends responsible for influencing the Austin Salisbury Quartet. Lead by pianist, Austin Salisbury, the ASQ perform an exciting and energetic interpretation of jazz standards from the Cool Jazz era with exuberant finesse and style.


Saturday 7 July

6.00pm LiveWyre

Featuring an original blend of cinematic, groove, neo-soul, jazz, ambient and fusion sounds, LiveWyre present an exciting set of music to delight. Blending genres and drawing on the influence of jazz masters like Esperanza Spalding, Hiromi Uehara, and Robert Glasper, LiveWyre will challenge you to rediscover jazz in a new light.


7.30pm Human Contact

With melodic horns and an angular yet driving rhythm section, Human Contact look to be the sleeper hit of the Corner Pocket Festival. Lead by Alana Macpherson, Human Contact is free jazz of the finest quality, blending the improvised with the composed in an experience unlike any other you’ll hear this July.


9.00pm The Newhouse Collective

The Newhouse Collective is an octet of versatile, multi-tasking musicians, the musicians covering a diverse background of genres and forms, from jazz, classical and music theatre to free improvisation spheres. Film soundtrack-like one second, progressive rock-like the next, the sound always keeps you guessing.

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Enjoy the Pearls of Perth Jazz at Kailis Jewellery, 5-7 July!

King Street Corner Pocket Jazz Festival 2018

Enjoy the Pearls of Perth Jazz at Kailis Jewellery, 5-7 July!

King Street Corner Pocket is shaping up to be Perth’s newest and hottest destination this Winter, boasting over 40 shows, with 38 acts in 5 venues over 3 nights.

Kailis Jewellery is an iconic Australian pearl company celebrating their 40th anniversary. Synonymous with the most sought-after Australian South Sea pearls, every pearl is hand-selected based on five natural virtues of lustre, shape, size, colour and surface quality.

Situated 29 King Street in the heart of the city, this classy establishment presents intimate duo/trios with 30-40 minute sets from pearls of the Perth Jazz scene; Sassafras Trio, Jeanie Proude Duo, TT Duo, Sarah Ramsey Trio, Ben Matthews, O’Brien/Cusack/Chiew and Formes Trio.

For full festival details, head to cornerpocket.com.au. Tickets & discount Pocket Passes are available exclusively from your nearest Perth Theatre Trust box office, or online at ptt.wa.gov.au.

Download the full Festival Program here!

King Street Corner Pocket 2018
Kailis Jewellery Program

Thursday 5 July

6.00pm Sassafras Trio

Perth’s premier gypsy jazz ensemble, Sassafras Trio lead by Pete Jeavons will fire up with toe tapping swing, breakneck gypsy, wistful ballads in a vibrant and engaging night. Sold out seasons at Fringe World 2018 are a testament to the Sassafras Trio’s broad appeal and will be sure to sell fast.


7.30pm Jeanie Proude Duo

Originally from a small country town in South Australia, Jeanie Proude can’t wait to share her amalgamation of influences from jazz, folk, contemporary and latin music. Joined by Tim Voutas on piano, Jeanie will transport audiences anywhere between an absolutely swingin’ jazz standard, to a modern jazz interpretation of a popular folk song, or an original of Jeanie’s influenced by her roots in pop music merged with her greatest jazz influences.


TT Duo

9.00pm TT Duo

Tim Voutas and Tom Salleo complement each other flawlessly as Tom wields his trombone and Tim tickles the fabled ivories in a combination that blends seamlessly. The TT Duo is an intimate and relaxing musical conversation that blurs the lines of Jazz and Contemporary music, perfect for a relaxed chill out.


Friday 6 July

6.00pm Sarah Ramsey Trio

Difficult to spell but easy to swing to, Axolotl bring a repertoire that is eclectic and energetic. With a repertoire covering blues, funk, fusion, calypso and straight ahead swing, this young ensemble are sure to be a fixture in the Perth jazz scene for many years to come, complementing each other’s talents in a way that belies their age. Sure to be a hit of the Festival.


7.30pm & 9.00pm Ben Matthews

Exploring the challenges and freedom of freely improvised music, Ben Matthews performs in a unique style that blends genres, drawing equal influence from jazz legends like Herbie Hancock and Bill Evans, and from soundtrack titans like John Williams and Joe Hisaishi (Studio Ghibli).


Saturday 7 July

6.00pm O’Brien|Cusack|Chiew

O’Brien|Cusack|Chiew is one of Perth’s most promising young jazz ensembles, featuring three prominent members of the WA Youth Jazz Orchestra. Performing regularly around the hottest Perth jazz venues, this trio are one to watch as they put the rhythm into classic jazz and rework surprising new arrangements that will stick with audiences for a long time.


7.30pm Formes Trio

The Formes Trio explores multiple jazz genres playing classic tunes from the likes of Benny Goodman and Buddy Defranco, to the sounds of West Coast Jazz with Dexter Gordon, and even ventures into the Nuevo tango music made famous by Astor Piazzolla. An eclectic event that will excite as they showcase the multitude possibilities of jazz.


9.00pm Sarah Ramsey Trio

Whether fronting an 18-piece big band or accompanied by just a pianist, Sarah Ramsey commands the stage with a warm and inviting presence. Her beautiful, rich vocal approach draws influence from Ella Fitzgerald, Joni Mitchell and Sarah Vaughan and is best experienced through her own compositions and her heartfelt interpretations of jazz standards. Sarah will be accompanied by Jeremy Thompson & Austin Salisbury.


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