2019 Composer in Residence Applications Open

The WA Youth Jazz Orchestra (WAYJO) is offering young jazz composers paid, professional development opportunities to develop new works and enhance writing and conducting skills.

Through its unique Composer-in-Residence programs, WAYJO annually supports two young, emerging composers to develop new works for large jazz ensemble, offering both generous commission fees and artistic mentorship. Such opportunities are rarely offered in Australia.

The programs are run under the guidance of WAYJO’s Artistic Director, Dr Mace Francis (winner – APRA/AMCOS Jazz Work of the Year and international Scrivere in Jazz prize; finalist – Freedman Jazz Fellowship; nominee – Jazz ‘Bell’ Awards).

COMPOSER IN RESIDENCE is open to any jazz composer aged 30 years or younger (as at 1st January 2019), residing in Australia. $5,000 is offered to develop three new, original compositions. Flights and accommodation included (unless a resident of the Perth metropolitan area).

ASSOCIATE COMPOSER IN RESIDENCE is open to any jazz composer aged 21 years or younger (as at 1st January 2019), residing in Western Australia. $2,000 is offered the Associate to develop two new, original compositions.

Both positions offer professional advice and mentoring, opportunities to rehearse and perform with WAYJO’s premier 18-piece big band, and an opportunity to premier the works at the 2019 King St Corner Pocket Jazz Festival.

This program is open to all Australian composers (citizens and permanent residents). Successful applicants will be required to compose the works (each six to eight minutes in duration) by Monday 3 June 2019, for performance by the WA Youth Jazz Orchestra Wednesday Night Orchestra.

Applications open Friday 1 February, 2019 and close Friday 1 March, 2019 at 5.00pm AWST. No extensions will be offered or late applications accepted. Submission of the Application Form, plus up to 3 original composition scores and recordings, are required before the closing date. Successful applicants will be notified by Fri 15 March, 2019.

For more information, visit wayjo.com/education/emerging-composers


Justine Thornley, WAYJO Marketing
+61 8 9471 1950

Mace Francis, WAYJO Artistic Director
+61 8 9471 1950

King St Corner Pocket Festival 2019 - Applications Open

King St Corner Pocket Festival 2019

Call Out for Performers

Perth and Western Australia host some of the most outstanding jazz talent in the country. King St Corner Pocket will showcase these exceptional local artists, emerging and established, in a fun filled festival where you don’t have to walk more than 50m to hear a new sound.

Festival performances will be 50-60 minutes long, with performances overlapping at different venues in and around King Street, offering audiences the choice to mix and match their own choice of music.

WAYJO will once again be using His Majesty’s Theatre (Downstairs at The Maj, & Dress Circle Bar), the InterContinental Perth City Centre, The Sewing Room and other spaces as activated performance venues.

Performers interested in performing at the festival – fill out the online Application Form before 11.59pm Thursday 28 February, 2019.


Seasons Greetings from WAYJO

Best wishes for 2019 from everyone at WAYJO

The WAYJO office will be closed for the holiday season from Monday 17 December, and reopens for 2019 Wednesday 9 January. 

From everyone at WAYJO, we’d like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support during an incredibly busy year of jazz.

WAYJO produced around 100 ticketed performances throughout the year, and attendance of our 2018 season program reached over 8,000 - a remarkable achievement from a lean team of just three office staff.

Here’s wishing you and yours a festive holiday season. We sincerely hope to see you at our shows next year - check out our offerings for 2019 at wayjo.com/season

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

2019 Young Women in Jazz Registrations Open

2019 Young Women in Jazz Registrations Open November 1st


WAYJO is calling for young women aged 14 to 25, interested in playing or studying jazz or improvised music, to take part in workshops to collaborate and learn with fellow female musicians.

Young Women in Jazz is an 8-week series of Saturday workshops, commencing 17 Apr 2019. Conducted in small groups with leading guest artists, educators and WAYJO Alumnae, these workshops build support networks, refine skills and increase performer confidence.

A final public performance, held at the Ellington Jazz Club on Sunday 23 June, will showcase the participants newly acquired skills in a professional jazz venue setting.

Run in Perth since 2014, and developed in 2002 by Sydney Improvised Music Association (SIMA) and Dr. Sandy Evans OAM, the Young Women’s Jazz Workshops are specifically designed to inspire young women to play jazz and pursue a future in music.

WAYJO acknowledges program partners SIMA (Sydney Improvised Music Association) as well as St John of God Health Care for their continued support of the program here in Western Australia.

Registrations for the 2019 Young Women in Jazz Program open Thu 1 Nov, 2018 and close Fri 5 Apr, 2019. For more information about the Young Women in Jazz program, or to register, please visit wayjo.com/young-women-in-jazz 


Gemma Farrell
Young Women in Jazz Program Leader & Assistant Music Director (Jul 2018 – Jun 2019)

Justine Thornley
WAYJO Marketing
+61 8 9471 1950


2018 Participant Testimonials:

"The WAYJO YWIJ program has given me the motivation to improve on my technical and improvisational skills in a welcoming and friendly environment, and to further my interest in this boundless and exciting genre of music." - Mei Lyn, age 20.

"YWIJ has over the years helped to boost my confidence and has developed my ability to rely less on the written music, allowing me to challenge myself." - Lorian, age 14.

"YWIJ is a great program that allowed me to challenge myself whilst playing with a bunch of great people." - Catherine, age 16.

"The first time I walked into this course I was scared, but this is my 5th year and I knew I was walking into a friendly and positive environment, ready to learn. This course has given me so much confidence, playing and personality wise. 10/10 would recommend. Keen for year 6 and new links." - Abbie, age 15.

"The course was approachable and fun for people of all experience levels. It helped me to develop more confidence in improvising." - Dee, age 21.

"YWIJ has broadened my musical knowledge and improved my improvisational skill. 5 stars on tripadvisor." - Sam, age 14.

"During 3 years of the YWIJ workshop I have developed not only my improvisational skills, but I have learnt to challenge myself and work better in an ensemble. YWIJ is such a welcoming and open environment to experiment with new techniques and I have enjoyed every minute." - Stella, age 14.

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 2018 Raffle

WAYJO 2018 Raffle

The West Australian Youth Jazz Orchestra Association (WAYJO) are holding a raffle to raise funds for a bumper 2019 season!

The WAYJO 2018 Raffle helps keep Australia’s leading youth jazz orchestra alive, engaging emerging, early career musicians and composers aged between 14 and 25 (28 in full-time study) in a highly unique year-round program of concerts, workshops, regional tours, plus international exchange programs and scholarships offering unparalleled cultural experiences.

The West Australian Youth Jazz Orchestra (ABN 75 330 922 427) is a not-for profit incorporated association. 52 musicians, 3 orchestras (each with specialist Musical Directors), plus a financially lean ‘micro-team’ of just 3 office staff produce a diverse program of over 100 shows each year.

Help WAYJO end their 35th anniversary year on a high note - raffle tickets are only $5, with prizes totalling just under $2,000!

1st Prize 1x Flight Centre Gift Voucher, valued at $1,000

2nd Prize 1x Overnight Stay for two at the InterContinental Hotel Perth (including breakfast), valued up to $500

3rd Prize 1x WAYJO 2019 Golden Ticket (double pass to all Jazz at The Maj shows in 2019), valued around $400

The WAYJO 2018 Raffle (Permit Number: LS212143218) opens 12.00am, Friday 5th October, 2018 - and closes Midnight Saturday 24th November, 2018. The Raffle will be drawn at 10.00am on Monday 3rd December, 2018. All winners will be notified by telephone and email. The winning ticket numbers will be published on wayjo.com - Wednesday 5th December, 2018.

Tickets are available online, from WAYJO musicians, and at all WAYJO concerts. Head to wayjo.com/raffle for more information, including terms and conditions.

2019 WAYJO Auditions Open

2019 Act-Belong-Commit WAYJO Band Auditions Now Open

Audition applications for participation in 2019 WA Youth Jazz Orchestra (WAYJO) big bands are now open. Musicians interested in performing jazz and improvised music, who will be aged 14-25 (28 if in full-time study) and located in Perth during 2019, are encouraged to apply.

All performer positions are auditioned annually, offering members the opportunity to perform a range of jazz styles 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 big bands - the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday Night Orchestras - each auditioning for Saxophones (Alto, Tenor & Baritone), Trumpets, Trombones (Tenor & Bass), Guitar, Bass, Piano, Drums plus Vocalists.

Auditions are held at WAYJO’s rehearsal studio in Maylands Hall, located close to public transport, with parking available along Eighth Avenue. Approximately 15 minutes in duration, all audition dates and times are allocated on a first come first served basis - so apply early;
Thursday 29 November, 2018 | 4.00pm - 9.00pm SOLD OUT!
Friday 30 November, 2018 | 4.00pm - 9.00pm SOLD OUT!
Saturday 1 December, 2018 | 9.00am - 6.30pm SOLD OUT!
Sunday 2 December, 2018 | 9.00am - 6.30pm SOLD OUT!

Whether aspiring to be a professional jazz musician or composer, WAYJO has something to offer.

2019 WAYJO Audition Applications close 11.59pm, Monday 12 November 2018 - if not filled prior.

Visit wayjo.com/audition for full details - but don’t delay, as WAYJO’s audition places booked out last year!

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


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.


Festival Map

Festival Poster