King St Corner Pocket: Eclectic Jazz in an Edwardian Baroque Bar, 5-7 July!

King Street Corner Pocket Jazz Festival 2018

Eclectic Jazz in an Edwardian Baroque Bar, 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.

The Dress Circle Bar, situated corner King and Hay Streets on the first floor of the historic His Majesty’s Theatre, is a plush, licensed venue and your destination for eclectic jazz in July.

Innovative and diverse jazz sounds, from multi-award winning musicians and rising stars of Perth’s jazz scene, will be presented in 30-40 minute sets by the Laura J Quartet, Will Chiew Quintet, WAAPA Jazz - Thom Freeman Quintet, Axolotl, Chris Musitano Quintet, Atlas State, Riffz 2000, Max Wickham Quintet and MFG.

For full festival details, head to Tickets & discount Pocket Passes are available exclusively from your nearest Perth Theatre Trust box office, or online at

Download the full Festival Program here!


King Street Corner Pocket 2018
His Majesty's Theatre, Dress Circle Bar Program

Thursday 5 July

Laura J Quartet

6.00pm Laura J Quartet

A rising artist in the Perth Jazz scene, Laura J makes a name for herself through her versatility and commitment to her art form. With a soulful and rich voice reminiscent of her favourite artists, including the likes of Billie Holiday and Nancy Wilson, Laura J’s sophisticated style is sure to entice.


Will Chiew Quintet

7.30pm Will Chiew Quintet

Drawn to the lyricism of Chet Baker and the eloquence of Roy Hargrove, William Chiew’s compositions aim to narrate stories of adventure: joy and sorrow, struggle and triumph. The quintet is a platform for conversation – the music an extension of communication. On his way to becoming an absolute super-star on the drum-kit, William Chiew is one to watch.


Thom Freeman Quintet

9.00pm WAAPA Jazz - Thom Freeman Quintet

Spending the last four years honing his playing and song writing under some of the best mentors Australia’s jazz community has to offer, Thom Freeman brings his quintet to Corner Pocket. Showcasing original compositions and arrangements influenced by the styles of Arron Parks, Wayne Shorter and Ben Wendel, get in on the ground floor of one of Perth’s most exciting new talents.

Friday 6 July


6.00pm Axolotl

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.


Chris Mustitano Quintet

7.30pm Chris Mustitano Quintet

Local Perth trumpet player and musician Chris Musitano, fresh from graduating from the WA Academy of Performing Arts, brings his quintet to Corner Pocket. Featuring Musitano’s original compositions, new music, and arrangements influenced by artists such as Christian Scott, Jacob Collier and Bon Iver.


Atlas State

9.00pm Atlas State

Combining an eclectic mix of rock, blues, funk and jazz, Atlas State are emerging as an audience favourite, captivating with the group’s unique approach to performing. Atlas State acts a vessel for the band members to explore new and original sounds as this six piece emerge into Perth’s thriving live music scene.


Saturday 7 July

Riffz 2000

6.00pm Riffz 2000

Live instant remixes of classic tunes. Riffz 2000 are Harry Mitchell, Harry Winton and Ben Vanderwal, and will rock your evening as they improvise organically around your very eyes and ears with sample riffs from the likes of INXS, Bob Marley, Nirvana or Michael Jackson. Part beats, part memory jogger – all head nodding, all fun.


Max Wickham Quintet

7.30pm Max Wickham Quintet

WAYJO Associate Composer-in-Residence and saxophonist, Max Wickham draws his inspiration from John Coltrane’s classic quartet of the 1960’s, Keith Jarrett’s standards trio and the works of modern jazz artists. Max’s aim to create music full of passion, emotion and intensity allows each members of the quintet to contribute their own personality to his work.



9.00pm MFG

MFG is the musical collaboration of guitarist Nico Maas, saxophonist Gemma Farrell, and pianist Thomas Goralski. The name MFG acts as an abbreviation for their surnames, as well as the German greeting, Mit freundlichen Grüßen (with friendly greetings). A rare Perth performance as part of their 2018 Australian tour after recording their third album, the funk jazz of this stellar ensemble is not to be missed.


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King St Corner Pocket: The Sewing Room Jazz Party, 5-7 July!

King Street Corner Pocket Jazz Festival 2018

It’s a Jazz Party at The Sewing Room, 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.

The Sewing Room, situated downtown in Perth’s funky Wolf Lane, will be your party destination - offering up Nueva Salsa Orchestra, Brass Party, Daniel Susnjar Afro-Peruvian Jazz Group, Pete Jeavons Quintet, plus Hornography, WAAPA Phat Funk Band, and DJ Mama Cass for the Closing Night Party.

These jazz acts serve up tasty 30-40 minute sets that will have you dancing to funk, world jazz - and some of the newest, innovative beats the scene has to offer.

For full festival details, head to Tickets & discount Pocket Passes are available exclusively from your nearest Perth Theatre Trust box office, or online at Note: The Sewing Room is an 18+ Venue.

Download the full Festival Program here!

King Street Corner Pocket 2018
The Sewing Room Program

Thursday 5 July

Nueva Salsa Orchestra

7.30pm Nueva Salsa Orchestra

With a reputation as the hottest Cuban and New Yorkan salsa band this side of Latin America, the Nueva Salsa Orchestra will get the Sewing Room jumping. With a repertoire consisting of high energy salsas, mambos, bombas and cha chas, the NSO are guaranteed to have you moving your body to the infectious rhythms of their fabulous percussion section, sparkling horns, extraordinary piano and bass grooves, and the sublime vocal stylings of Adolfo Chavez.

Brass Party

9.00pm Brass Party

A raucous brass band run by Matt Smith, Chris Musitano & James Sewell, Brass Party will get you shaking and moving like nothing else. Expect filthy funk, outrageous horns and face melting guitar solos. Ain't no party like a Brass Party!

Friday 6 July

Daniel Susnjar Afro-Peruvian Jazz Group

7.30pm Daniel Susnjar Afro-Peruvian Jazz Group

An award winning 7-piece ensemble lead by Daniel Susnjar, this band will present a performance of original compositions influenced by Afro-Peruvian rhythms and fresh, unique arrangements of Peruvian folk songs.

Pete Jeavons Quintet

9.00pm Pete Jeavons Quintet

Drawing inspiration from modern and modal jazz, bop and at times ambient music, funk and the avant-garde, Pete Jeavons brings his quintet to the stage in a joyous event. The cream of Perth jazz players will bless the stage, performing some of Jeavons’ original compositions and new arrangements of some classic and lesser known jazz standards.

Saturday 7 July


9.00pm Closing Night Party with Hornography

Get on your feet and pull your dancing shoes on. King Street Corner Pocket’s Closing Night is full of party vibes with huge live music running deep into the night. The WAAPA Phat Funk band will kick the night off, featuring soul favourites, big vocals and funk with a capital F. Then the heat turns up, with Hornography pumping the brass up to 11 and exploding with the best horn section going around. Throughout the night, DJ Mama Cass will be spinning the decks with soul/funk sounds to keep the vibe going as Corner Pocket goes out with a bang!

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WAYJO 2018-19 Assistant Music Director

Proudly supported by the Simon Lee Foundation, the WA Youth Jazz Orchestra (WAYJO) Assistant Music Director program offers a mentoring traineeship for a young and emerging musical director who is a recent WAYJO graduate.

The program offers the opportunity to develop skills in conducting a large orchestral band, programming repertoire for an 18-piece big band, and developing the leadership skills required to inspire and enhance the skills and experience of band members.

By offering artistic and industry expertise and world-class rehearsal and performance opportunities, WAYJO provides a framework for emerging jazz musicians and composers to become successful professionals.

WAYJO have opened applications for this position to fill July 2018 to June 2019. Applications close Friday 4 May 2018, 9.00AM AWST.

Head to our Assistant Musical Director page for details and application form.

WAYJO 2018 Composer In Residence

We are proud to announce the participants of our annual Composer in Residence program.

Congratulations to our 2018 Composer in Residence, Tim Newhouse (pictured left) and Associate Composer in Residence, Max Wickham (pictured right).

The WA Youth Jazz Orchestra offers young jazz composers exciting paid opportunities to develop new works and enhance their writing and conducting skills.

Through this unique program, WAYJO and Artistic Director Mace Francis support two emerging composers to develop new works for large jazz ensemble, offering both generous commissions and artistic mentorship.

The Composer in Residence will compose three new works (2 works for Assistant Composer in Residence), each of between six and eight minutes duration, for the WA Youth Jazz Orchestra Wednesday Night Orchestra.

While the full line-up will be announced in the coming weeks, you will be able to hear these new works performed as part of our King Street Corner Pocket Festival on July 7.

Concert For Schools 2017 - Perth Concert Hall

2018 School Concerts and Workshops

First Friday of the month, March to June and August to November, WAYJO concerts and workshops for students will take place Downstairs at The Maj from 3pm. Our Musical Directors and guest artists will provide a 30-minute workshop followed by a 30-minute performance highlighting the aspects covered in the workshop.

Our focus for these events is largely on great female jazz artists, with female guest artists from Sydney, Melbourne, and New York (via Japan), as well as some of Perth’s leading musicians. We will also recreate a truly great jazz album and be joined by a visiting faculty member from KUG Institute of Jazz, Graz, Austria!

Enjoy and educational afternoon in Perth's most historic theatre. Tickets for staff and students are an absolute steal at $12 each for the first concert/workshop, then $10 for every other concert/workshop booked!

Please visit our Workshops page for full details and booking form, call the WA Youth Jazz Orchestra on 08 9471 1950 or email

Places at each workshop and concert are limited, so please book early to avoid disappointment!

The WAYJO Education program is supported by Healthway, promoting the Act-Belong-Commit message. 

King St Corner Pocket 2018

King St Corner Pocket Festival

Call Out for Expressions of Interest

WAYJO are proud to announce the King St Corner Pocket Festival as part of our 35th Anniversary celebrations, and we want you to be involved!

King St Corner Pocket will be held around a number of venues around the King St precinct in Perth, and WAYJO are inviting the entire Perth jazz community.

We want to highlight the amazing array of talent in Perth’s jazz community, emerging and established. So if you have a trio, a septet or even a big band, apply now.

Performances will be 30-40 minutes long each, in established and pop up venues, over 3 days.

King St Corner Pocket Festival
5-7 Jul, in and around King & Hay Streets Perth from 6.00pm each night

To apply for a performance (or two, or three), simply fill out and return the Application Form to WAYJO. APPLICATIONS NOW EXTENDED TO 16 FEBRUARY 2018!

Young Women in Jazz 2018

2018 Young Women In Jazz

Are you a female musician aged 14 – 25 and would like to learn more about jazz and improvised music?
Perform at the Ellington Jazz Club and work with some of Australia’s leading female jazz professionals?

Then WA Youth Jazz Orchestra wants to hear from you!

With workshops at the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), alumnae tutors and the opportunity to perform in a special concert at the Ellington Jazz Club, what more could you want?

Developed by Sydney Improvised Music Association (SIMA) and Dr. Sandy Evans OAM in 2002, the Young Women’s Jazz Workshops are specifically designed to inspire young women to play jazz and pursue a future in music.

Run in Perth since 2014, these workshops have seen young women build support networks, refine their skills and increase confidence.


Registrations for the 2018 Young Women In Jazz Program are open now, and close midnight Friday 9 March, 2018.

For more information and registrations, head to


WAYJO sincerely thank the following organisations for supporting the 2018 Young Women in Jazz Program:

Creative Partnerships AustraliaWAYJO's Women in Jazz 2018 Season is supported by Creative Partnerships Australia through Plus1


WAYJO Creative Partnerships Matched Funding

Creative Partnerships Australia

WAYJO Plus1 Matched Funding
Dollar-for-Dollar Matched Donations through Creative Partnerships Australia

We’ve been lucky enough to secure a place in Creative Partnerships Australia’s Plus1 program. Donate now and have your contribution matched dollar-for-dollar!

In 2018, we have a focus on Women in Jazz, building the profile of female jazz artists and showcasing their talents.

Donating directly to this program will cover artist fees, transport from Australia and overseas, and accommodation. And the best part is, every donation will be matched to a maximum of $25,000.

Our program of guest artists will be announced at our Jazz Under the Stars concert on November 24, but donate now to get in on the ground floor of this exciting program in 2018.

To donate, please visit - matched contributions close Fri 18 May.

WAYJO's Women in Jazz 2018 Season is supported by Creative Partnerships Australia through Plus1.
Find out more about Plus1 Funding at

Act-Belong-Commit Jazz Picnic Under the Stars Competition

Act-Belong-Commit Jazz Picnic Under the Stars Competition

To celebrate the final days of Mental Health Week, WA Youth Jazz Orchestra announces the Act-Belong-Commit Jazz Picnic Under the Stars Competition!

WIN one of two prizes, including double passes to WAYJO's Jazz Under the Stars end of year concert at Quarry Amphitheatre Fri 24 Nov from 7.30pm, PLUS a lovely picnic backpack for four, thanks to Healthway Act-Belong-Commit!

To be in the running, tell us in 50 words or less how you Act-Belong-Commit to keep a mentally healthy mind.

Need some inspiration? Head to for online guides, factsheets & a self-assessment tool.

Email entries with Subject “Act-Belong-Commit Jazz Picnic Under the Stars” to BEFORE Monday 13 November 2017.

We look forward to reading your entries - good luck!

#MHW2017 #ActBelongCommit #WINwithWAYJO

2018 WAYJO Auditions Open

2018 ‘Act-Belong-Commit’ WAYJO Audition Applications Open

UPDATE OCTOBER: All Live Audition places filled - please visit for Video Audition information

Audition applications for 2018 West Australian Youth Jazz Orchestra (WAYJO) big bands are now open and online at, closing midnight Friday 10 November, 2017 - if not filled prior.

WAYJO is open to musicians 14-25 years of age (up to 28 in full-time study) and performs a range of jazz styles from trad, classic through to modern, including commissioned big band works by young WA composers.

All band positions are auditioned annually, offering members the opportunity to perform at some of Perth's best venues, and travel regionally, nationally and internationally with top band leaders and touring guest artists.

A total of fifty-four places are available within three bands – the Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday Night Orchestras. Each orchestra auditions for the following instrumentation; • Alto Saxophone (2) • Tenor Saxophone (2) • Baritone Saxophone (1) • Trumpet (4) • Trombone (3) • Bass Trombone (1) • Guitar (1) • Double Bass (1) • Piano (1) • Drums (1) • Vocals (1).

WAYJO’s 2018 Auditions will be held at the WA Youth Jazz Orchestra rehearsal studio – Maylands Town Hall - 192 Guildford Road (cnr Eighth Ave), Maylands WA. The rehearsal studio is located close to public transport, with parking available along Eighth Avenue.

Audition Dates:
Friday 17 November, 4.00pm – 9.00pm
Saturday 18 November, 9.00am – 6.30pm
Sunday 19 November, 9.00am – 6.30pm
Times strictly allocated on a first come, first served basis – so book early!

Visit for more information, with links to the WAYJO Audition Information Booklet and Application Form. A non-refundable Audition Fee of $27.12 is payable at time of booking.

Enquiries can be made to the WAYJO office during business hours on (08) 9471 1950, or email

The WAYJO Education program is supported by Healthway, promoting the Act-Belong-Commit message.


[Image: WAYJO Backstage at 'Act Belong Commit' Horns in the Hall - Perth Concert Hall, May 2017]