Swinging at the Embassy Ballroom

One of Perth’s lost treasures, for over 50 years the Embassy Ballroom hosted hundreds of performances by the cream of WA’s entertainers and performers, as well as sublime international guest artists.

Kicking off our Homegrown season, WAYJO will whisk you back to a bygone era of style and glamour with the most beloved big band jazz music of its time.

Special guest vocalists Victoria Newton and Anita Wardell will join all three of WAYJO’s famed orchestras to croon, swing and melt your heart.

Swinging at the Embassy Ballroom
with the WAYJO MinterEllison Monday Night Orchestra, Tuesday & Wednesday Night Orchestras, plus very special guests Anita Wardell & Victoria Newton
Fri 27 Mar, 7.30pm
His Majesty’s Theatre, Perth
Tickets only from Perth Theatre Trust

Enjoy Jazz Under the Stars this November

Three Big Bands in One Stellar Night of Jazz

The West Australian Youth Jazz Orchestra's highly successful American Jazz Story season culminates in their final show for 2019, Jazz Under the Stars at The Quarry Amphitheatre, Friday 22nd of November.

Celebrating a year of regional tours, high calibre US guest artists, and international exchanges to Japan and the USA, WAYJO’s three big bands bring the diverse styles of American Jazz to life in band-picked selections, offering highly-honed renditions of the music these rising stars of jazz adore.

From New York to Chicago, New Orleans to Las Vegas, Detroit, Hollywood and Cuba, WAYJO takes you on a jazz journey like no other this November.

Bring your picnic blanket, friends and family to enjoy some of the best big band jazz WA has to offer, all at one of Perth’s most picturesque venues.

Jazz Under the Stars
with the WAYJO MinterEllison Monday Night Orchestra, plus Tuesday and Wednesday Night Orchestras
Fri 22 Nov, 7.30pm
The Quarry Amphitheatre, City Beach
Tickets available from ticketmaster.com.au

Jazz Under the Stars - The Quarry Amphitheatre, Fri 22 Nov 2019

Special thanks to TW Creative for our 2019 'American Jazz Story' season poster designs.


Jazz Under the Stars 2018 - photos by Tom Greble

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Ricki MaletMonday Night Orchestra Musical Director, Ricki Mallet

“Jazz Under The Stars is the final performance for the WAYJO MinterElison Monday Night Orchestra (MNO). This is a great opportunity to present pieces of music from the concerts throughout of the year. This year MNO played a bunch of great shows from the New Orleans Concert at the start of the year, featuring New York Trombonist Mariel Bildsten, to playing some down and dirty blues Chicago style. In addition to reprising this repertoire we will also be performing a few new pieces featuring some Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald & Basie classics.

After a year of sold out performances, an extremely rewarding regional tour mixing with local communities and schools, and rehearsing every week, the band is fired up and ready for this final concert. Come down and see what WAYJO’s youngest band can do!”

Marty Pervan

Tuesday Night Orchestra Musical Director, Marty Pervan

"2019 has seen TNO performing a diverse variety of big band music sourced form the American big band tradition, including, Las Vegas/cabaret, Motown and Afro-Cuban styles as well as music from the great American songbook - jazz standards that have become an indelible part of the big band idiom.

Coming in hot off the back of an extremely successful regional tour, the TNO Quarry concert set will be a true journey through all of these sub-genre's and more. We are really looking forward to ripping up the stage with a bit of something for everyone that's bound to leave you smiling and tapping your feet."

Dr Mace Francis

Wednesday Night Orchestra Musical Director, and WAYJO Artistic Director, Dr Mace Francis

"2019 has been a landmark season for WAYJO, celebrating the birthplace of the music we love in 'An American Jazz Story'.

Each month our band members took audiences on a sonic journey to cities that contributed to musical styles that have not only influenced jazz, but also modern music.

We welcomed two very special guests from New York City, saxophonist Dick Oatts (of The Village Vanguard) and trombonist Mariel Bildsten (Evan Sherman Big Band) that workshopped our bands intensely, evoking the very best performances from each musician.

Diving deep and crafting their understanding of these historically significant works, WAYJO has already performed to over 8,000 ticketed attendees this season, experiencing higher attendance rates over the previous year.

I hope you'll come along to celebrate our final show for the 2019 season, and experience these rising stars of jazz and contemporary music before they’re snapped up interstate and overseas!"

The Artemis Project 2019

WAYJO's Young Women in Jazz Program Leader Gemma Farrell presents the Artemis Project - a new platform for Perth’s leading female jazz artists.

Showcasing music by Australia’s great female composers and arrangers, the Artemis Orchestra, joined by some of WA Youth Jazz Orchestra's emerging female performers, will open your ears to fresh new sounds.

We briefly spoke to Gemma ahead of the upcoming show, Saturday 19 October, at the Ellington Jazz Club in Perth.

Why/when did you start Artemis Orchestra?
I formed the Artemis Orchestra in 2017. I was preparing for that year's Young Women in Jazz workshops with Kate Pass, Talya Valenti and Alana Macpherson, three phenomenally talented jazz musicians and composers. I was reflecting on the work we do for the workshops, how much I enjoy working with these women, and how there is not enough opportunity to showcase the music of the incredible female jazz musicians we have in Perth. It was also the height of the #metoo era, so I wanted to create a safe space for women to make music together, and for their work as performing musicians and composers to be celebrated. I also think a lot about my own students when I put projects together. Normally, when you go out to see a big band in Perth, you see a band full of straight, white, able bodied men, and maybe a few women. I wanted to create a more diverse band so that all of my students could look at the band and think "yeah, I could do that one day." Most Perth boys have that already, but unfortunately I think with the way things are at the moment, a young girl is likely to look at your average Perth big band and think "wow, it's really hard to be a women in jazz." It's not that we don't have the talent either, as you will see from our gig, but it's just that no one else is shining a light on it.

Why did you call the ensemble Artemis?
I was uncomfortable with the idea of having the word "women" in the title, because we're not exclusive. As much as the project does showcase the work of Australian women, we don't have anywhere near as many women as men in the Perth jazz scene, so if we need the help of men I want them to feel welcome (in this concert we have two lovely men joining us). I would also warmly welcome any transgender or non-binary band members. I wanted to go for a Greek name to salute our Sydney friends, the Sirens big band, who did this a long time before we did. Eventually I read about Artemis, the goddess of hunting, wild animals, childbirth and protector of young women. The last part in particular seemed very apt, and I also liked the fact that there was the word "Art" in there as well.

Who's performing?
The band for the Saturday concert is made up of women who are professionals playing in the Artemis Orchestra, women who play with Artemis regularly but are also members of WAYJO, and WAYJO members. In putting the band together, I offered the opportunity to all the female members of WAYJO. When I found out how many were available, I looked at the gaps we had and hired members of Artemis to fill those gaps. We had two more gaps after that, there were no female drummers in WAYJO and Artemis' regular drummer was unavailable. We also needed another trombonist, and so to fill those gaps, we have the amazing Julius Rogers and Alex Parkinson from WAYJO's WNO joining us.

The full band is:
Vocals - Laura Igglesden and Lucy Iffla (Artemis and WAYJO)
Alto 1 - Tessa Campbell (Artemis and WAYJO)
Alto 2 - Shaniqa Ratnasigam and Holly Forster (WAYJO)
Tenor 1 - Claire Keet (Artemis and WAYJO)
Tenor 2 - Dee More (WAYJO)
Baritone - Jemima Mills (Artemis and WAYJO)
Trombone 1 - Alex Parkinson (WAYJO)
Trombone 2 - Holli Hatherley (Artemis and WAYJO)
Trombone 3 - Halle Mitchell (WAYJO)
Bass Trombone - Yvonne Gygli-Howell (Artemis)
Trumpet 1 - Charlie Teakle (Artemis and WAYJO)
Trumpet 2 - Jess Fiocco (Artemis)
Trumpet 3 - Jenny Bylund (WAYJO)
Trumpet 4 - Julia Wallace (Artemis and WAYJO)
Guitar - Candice Susnjar (Artemis)
Piano - Kirsten Symczycz (Artemis)
Bass - Kate Pass (Artemis)
Drums - Julius Rogers (WAYJO)
Percussion - Imogen Thompson (Artemis)

What might audience members most enjoy about this show?
We are performing some incredible compositions which they will likely have never heard before, some composed by members of the band including Candice Susnjar and Kate Pass. Everyone who wants to have a go at soloing is soloing. It's a going to be a real showcase of home grown talent. There a lots of powerful numbers, some Latin charts (my personal favourite thing is whenever Imogen whips out her triangle), it's two sets of bangers.

I'm so grateful to WAYJO for agreeing to do this once a year and I hope to see as many people there supporting this initiative as possible.

Late Jazz at The Maj: Prints

Music generated by Meg Davidson: the sound result of our latest adventures, and some revisitation of strong inspirations up until this juncture. Quintet format, small-chamber-jazz-but-it-shan’t-be-the-alienating-tiresome-type.

Quite heavily inspired by recent travels and the resulting musical discoveries. If that’s too vague a description for you, come through and let your ears enlighten your auditory cortex of those discoveries disguised in musical abstractions... You may detect influences of: Maria Schneider, Esperanza Spalding, Nubya Garcia... One may also detect tinges of technological-frustrations and the results of suffocating in a sea of vacuous mass media.

Who can rule out the possibility that this may be your last chance of hearing honest live music before this AGI apocalypse hits? Wouldn’t want to find out you missed out too late, and spend those future VR-trapped years regretting that seemingly inconsequential decision not to…

Prints are:
Meg Davidson - Saxophone
Julia Wallace - Trumpet
Will Britto - Keys
Kieran Barnes - Bass
Liam Hickey - Drums

Entry is FREE with tickets to the Saturday evening Jazz at The Maj: Everybody Needs Somebody to Love show, or $10 for just this Late show.

SHOWAYJO: A Cross-Cultural Jazz Exploration

SHOWAYJO is a special collaboration between musicians from the WA Youth Jazz Orchestra (WAYJO) in Perth, Western Australia and exchange partners from the Showa University of Music in Kawasaki, Japan. The two groups will come together to form a cross cultural big band playing classic big band repertoire as well as premiering a special new composition created by all the band members. WAYJO's Ricki Malet (trumpet) and Showa University's Masa Ikeda (trombone) will also share the stage with these young musicians.

Presented by WAYJO, and proudly supported by North West Shelf Gas over the past 5 years, this Cultural Exchange Through Music project joins talented performers across the hemispheres in a way the transcends linguistic boundaries.

You can preview a little of last year's collaboration HERE.

The latest 10-track SHOWAYJO collaboration CD is free on entry (while stocks last).

Enjoy this special night of live, cross-cultural jazz exploration - for one night only!

SHOWAYJO: A Cross-Cultural Jazz Exploration
Sat 21 Sep, 7.00pm
The Ellington Jazz Club, Northbridge
Tickets from ellingtonjazz.com.au

Afro Cuban Explosion - Geraldton

Feel the vibes of samba, bossa nova, and salsa as WAYJO turns the heat up with Afro-Cuban inspired jazz - in Geraldton for for one night only!

From Dizzy Gillespie’s Manteca, a fan favourite at WAYJO gigs, to music by band leaders and percussionists extraordinaire like Tito Puente, the Afro-Cuban Allstars and Buena Vista Social Club, WAYJO’s Tuesday Night Orchestra, conducted by Marty Pervan, will offer up some serious big band energy that will get you up and dancing.

Don’t miss this exciting FREE community concert, presented by the WA Youth Jazz Orchestra, and supported by Healthway Act-Belong-Commit.

WAYJO TNO presents The Afro-Cuban Explosion
Wed 18 Sep, 7.00pm - 8.00pm
Queens Park Theatre - Foyer
Community Event, FREE tickets available 3 June from Queens Park Theatre qpt.cgg.wa.gov.au

Late Jazz at The Maj: The Common Nouns

‘The Common Nouns’ play a combination of jazz standards, funk & fusion classics and a collection of their own groove based original compositions. This contemporary jazz quartet cite as their influences Miles Davis, Vulfpeck and Snarky Puppy, so you know this late jazz set will be eclectic.

The Common Nouns will feature the following line up;
Felix Lemann - Drums
Harry Walters - Guitar
Jacob Greenmount - Keys
Ashan Weerasooriya - Vocals
Rhyan Lyndon-James - Bass

Entry is FREE with tickets to the Saturday evening Jazz at The Maj: The Afro Cuban Explosion show, or $10 for just this Late show.

Late Jazz at The Maj: Axlotl

Hailing from the Perth Hills, Axolotl is all about having a good time. With groovy influences from Roy Hargrove and Herbie Hancock, and some tasteful sounds from Bill Evans and Duke Ellington, the group blends their inspirations to deliver sounds that pushes this ensemble’s dynamic to its limits.

Matt Knight, Finn Owen, Darcy Maishman, Tim Bewick, and Ben Shelley put their current WAAPA tuition on show through a collation of swing, fusion, and blues. With 5 years of playing together, the group brings their absolute best to the stage and pushes their dynamic to its limits.

Entry is FREE with tickets to the Saturday evening Jazz at The Maj: Central Park North New York - Dick Oatts (USA) show, or $10 for just this Late show.

King Street Corner Pocket Jazz Festival 2019

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 are 50-60 minutes long, overlapping between 5.30 & 9.00pm each night at different venues in and around King Street, so you can choose your own musical adventure.

The festival will be based at His Majesty’s Theatre (Downstairs at The Maj, Dress Circle Bar & Barre Café), with exciting pop-up venues in the Intercontinental Hotel Perth, Cheeky Sparrow, and The Sewing Room.

King Street Corner Pocket Jazz Festival 2019
Thu 4 – Sat 6 July, 2019
Tickets only from Perth Theatre Trust box offices & online ptt.wa.gov.au

And remember… see more Jazz for less with a Pocket Pass – 10 vouchers to exchange for tickets to your favourite performances – a $25 saving over 10 standard tickets!

Start you adventure at cornerpocket.com.au

2019 Lineup

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, 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, Jess Fiocco 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, The Island Trio, The Love Rats, The Singer Songwriters of Jazz, Trio Trio, TRISK, TVQ, Vib3, William Chiew Quartet.

Festival Slideshow

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King St Corner Pocket Schedule Changes for Prince Lane

We regret to inform that PRINCE LANE GLAMOUR BAR has experienced serious water damage, forcing temporary closure for safety reasons. We're saddened by the news, and hope they’ll be back on track very soon!

Please rest assured that we are still full steam ahead with the festival, announcing the following 10 performances that were to be at the Prince Lane venue have been rescheduled as follows;

- Thursday 4th July -
Fat Sparrow, 6.00PM Prince Lane - cancelled.
Libby Hammer, 7.30PM Downstairs at The Maj - instead of the additional WAYJO Monday Night Orchestra show.
Phoebus Cartel, 9.45PM Dress Circle Bar (His Majesty’s Theatre - first floor).

- Friday 5th July -
The Greig-Kelly Quintet, 5.30PM The Sewing Room (off Wolf Lane).
Reece Clark & Friends, 7.30PM Reece Clark Downstairs at The Maj - instead of the additional WAYJO Tuesday Night Orchestra show.
Perth, Wind and Fire, 9.45PM Dress Circle Bar (His Majesty’s Theatre - first floor).

- Saturday 6th July -
Holli Scott & the Rush Hour Circus, 4.30PM Downstairs at The Maj - please note this earlier show time.
Kohesia Ensemble, 7.30PM Downstairs at The Maj - instead of the additional WAYJO Wednesday Night Orchestra show.
Perth Cabaret Collective, 9.00PM Downstairs at The Maj - instead of the James Sewell Quintet.
James Sewell Quintet, 9.45PM Dress Circle Bar (His Majesty’s Theatre - first floor).

We’ve worked hard to ensure the festival will continue as intended with the minimal amount of disruption. Sincere thanks to the team at Perth Theatre Trust & His Majesty’s Theatre for assisting with these changes at short notice!

Refunds are available for any shows cancelled or time changed (e.g. some WAYJO shows). For shows with a change of venue, the existing tickets will be honoured at the new venue.

If you have any questions concerning festival tickets, please contact Perth Theatre Trust Ticketing on 6212 9292.

King Street Corner Pocket Jazz Festival 2019 is your gateway to exciting new Jazz discovery! Tickets and 10-show discount Pocket Pass vouchers on sale now at ptt.wa.gov.au

Keep up with all the latest festival info at cornerpocket.com.au

2019 Festival Lineup

Click to download festival schedule PDF

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