Jazz Under the Stars 2020

WAYJO returns to the beautiful Quarry Amphitheatre to celebrate the joy of live jazz under the vast WA sky.

Treat yourself to three big bands, showcasing all their favourite repertoire from classic big band jazz through to newly commissioned works from Australian composers Andrew Murray, Mace Francis, and WAYJO’s 2020 composer in residence Des Cannings.

Bring a picnic and enjoy a feast of jazz new and old, under the stars for one night only!

WAYJO presents Jazz Under the Stars
with the WAYJO MinterEllison Monday Night, plus Tuesday & Wednesday Night Orchestras
Fri 27 Nov, 7.30pm
The Quarry Amphitheatre, City Beach
Limited Tickets only from Trybooking

$55.00 Standard
$45.00 Pensioner
$50.00 Seniors
$15.00 Child (Under 15)
$25.00 Student
$125.00 Family (Good for 4)

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2019 WAYJO Monday Night Orchestra

WAYJO MinterEllison Monday Night Orchestra - Perth International Jazz Festival 2020

The WAYJO MinterEllison Monday Night Orchestra join the 2020 Perth International Jazz Festival with a free community concert of jazz classics at the glorious Hyde Park in Perth.

Bring a picnic and enjoy an outdoor concert by these rising stars of jazz!

WAYJO MNO Musical Director: Ricki Malet
Alto Saxophones: Sanika Dingre, Abbie Langford
Tenor Saxophones: Dee Moore, Phoebe Cameron
Baritone Saxophone: Benjamin Roseby
Trumpets: Jonah Golds/Ethan Lamb, Pierson Snowsill, Zoe Boyd, Jenny Bylund
Trombones: Jordan Boase, Angus Lawrie, Taj Johnstone
Bass Trombone: Sebastian Herrmann
Guitar: Bryn Larkin
Piano: Luke Geha
Bass: Cass Evans-Ocharern
Drums: Cameron Fermoyle
Vocals: Daisy Fanning

Hyde Park, Sunday 8 Nov, 2:45pm
Free Community Event


WAYJO presents Ricki vs MNO Rhythm Live at Lyric’s Underground

Ricki Malet teams up with the Monday Night Orchestra rhythm section to perform a number of classic jazz standards arranged for the group by the group.

This will be an exciting performance with Ricki bringing his musical maturity and attempting to keep up with the youthful exuberance of the MNO rhythm section... let's make it a good clean fight lads!

Ricki Malet Vs the Monday Night Orchestra rhythm section present a range of classic jazz standards and some works from Lee Morgan, Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis and many more!

On my right, it's Ricki Malet on Trumpet.
On my left, WAYJO Monday Night Orchestra Rhythm Section:
Bryn Larkin - Guitar
Luke Geha - Piano
Cass Evans-Ocharern - Bass
Cam Fermoyle - Drums

Band Set 7.00pm
Open Jam Session 8.20pm

Check out the vibe in this video
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WAYJO presents Live @ Lyric’s Underground
, a series of jazz concerts with late jam sessions held first Sunday of the month.

Starting September 2020, ‘Live @ The Underground’ sessions feature a guest act on stage 7.00pm for 1-hour, followed by opportunities for improvising musicians to jam with the band from 8.20pm.

Lyric’s Underground is your newest destination for bohemian jazz vibes in the heart of Maylands - one of Perth’s emerging cultural centres.

Tickets are just $10 at the door.

Head to wayjo.com for more about WAYJO.


A Night of Jazz Royalty: Swingin’ with The Count & The Duke - SOLD OUT

SORRY, SOLD OUT 9TH SEP!

Throughout jazz history a handful of musicians claimed their kingdom. Masters of their domain, this jazz royalty changed music forever. All hail the jazz!

King Oliver presided over New Orleans in the early 1900s. The Duke and The Count developed big band music into the sound we hear today. Benny Goodman, the King of Swing, ruled with an iron clarinet over the 1930s, while Ella Fitzgerald was crowned the Queen of Jazz with a career spanning six decades.

As humble subjects, the WAYJO MinterEllison Monday Night Orchestra & Tuesday Night Orchestra pay their respects, presenting the very best from all these artists. Come along and hear why these artists are still considered Jazz Royalty.

A Night of Jazz Royalty: Swingin’ with The Count & The Duke
with the WAYJO MinterEllison Monday Night Orchestra, plus Tuesday Night Orchestra
Fri 23 & Sat 24 Oct, 7.30pm
Downstairs at The Maj, His Majesty’s Theatre Perth
Limited tickets only from Perth Theatre Trust

$40.00 A Reserve
$35.00 Concession (Full time students, pensioners, Seniors Card holders, unemployed, juniors aged 16 years or under)

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WAYJO presents Jazz New and Old Under the Stars

Mining fresh new Australian jazz at The Quarry

Perth’s own WA Youth Jazz Orchestra (WAYJO) return to the beautiful Quarry Amphitheatre with Jazz Under the Stars, Friday 27 November from 7.30pm.

Jazz Under the Stars showcases classic big band jazz, right through to new Australian offerings by Andrew Murray, Mace Francis, and WAYJO’s 2020 Composer in Residence Des Cannings.

In a year mired by venue closures and physical isolation from March, WAYJO re-emerged with group rehearsals in July, and continued producing new Australian jazz works through its 13th annual Composer in Residence program.

Fresh from two sell-out shows at His Majesty’s Theatre, Ricki Malet leads the WAYJO MinterEllison Monday Night Orchestra, who give big band classics from the 1930s to the 60s an all new energy.

The Tuesday Night Orchestra, led by Marty Pervan, received a glowing review of their first Lyric Lane show in September. This band presents an upbeat selection of jazz, blues and Latin classics to get toes tapping.

Mace Francis introduces brave new works with the Wednesday Night Orchestra. Originally scheduled to premiere at the King St Corner Pocket Jazz Festival, which was cancelled due to the pandemic, WAYJO’s 2020 composer in Residence commission now premieres for audiences under the stars.

Whether a jazz-head or new to the genre, experience something for just about any taste at Jazz Under the Stars. Bring a picnic and enjoy a feast of jazz new and old, with three big bands on stage for one night only.

Head to wayjo.com/whats-on for WAYJO's events calendar and bookings. Don’t delay, as tickets are still limited.

 

WAYJO presents Jazz Under the Stars 2020 - Fri 27 Nov, 2020
Poster Photograph Rick Mason (Jazz Under the Stars 2019), Design Justine Thornley.

 


CANCELLED - A Golden Era of Jazz on Film - Toshi Clinch

PLEASE NOTE: In response to COVID-19 restrictions, WAYJO sadly announce cancellation of this show.

Ticket holders for the show will receive a full refund from Perth Theatre Trust.
If you can, please consider a ticket refund or other donation to WAYJO at wayjo.com/support

Full statement: wayjo.com/covid-19-concert-cancellations

We apologise for any inconvenience caused, and hope to see you at another WAYJO performance in the near future.

 

The great Hollywood era of the 1950’s and 1960’s gave us some of the most memorable movie themes and soundtracks by the biggest names in music.

Melbourne composer and bassist Toshi Clinch has reimagined works by Quincy Jones, Lalo Schifrin, Henry Mancini, John Williams and more.

For a night that will take you back to a time when Netflix wasn’t a thing and chillin’ was something you would do to your martini glass before serving.

Toshi visits us from Melbourne thanks to WAYJO’s 2020 Guest Artist Partner, the Minderoo Foundation
Photograph of Toshi by Sam Meakin

WAYJO presents A Golden Era of Jazz on Film
featuring bassist Toshi Clinch and WAYJO MinterEllison Monday Night Orchestra, plus WAYJO Tuesday Night Orchestra
Fri 2 October, 7.30pm & Sat 3 October, 3.00pm & 7.30pm
Downstairs at The Maj | His Majesty’s Theatre, Perth
Tickets from Perth Theatre Trust


WAYJO Holds a Royal Flush of Sellout Shows

In a time where pandemic shutdowns are causing the blues, jazz seems to reign supreme with Perth ticket buyers.

The WA Youth Jazz Orchestra (WAYJO) sold out not one but two shows at His Majesty’s Theatre in just 17 days. This will be the second big band show presented by the orchestra since pandemic venue restrictions were lifted in WA.

A Night of Jazz Royalty takes a stroll through the kingdom of jazz, with two big bands presenting works by the finest names in the genre. King Oliver presided over New Orleans in the early 1900s. The Duke and The Count developed big band music into the sound we hear today. Benny Goodman, the King of Swing, ruled with an iron clarinet over the 1930s, while Ella Fitzgerald was crowned the Queen of Jazz with a career spanning six decades.

WAYJO’s MinterEllison Monday Night Orchestra & Tuesday Night Orchestras will pay their respects to Jazz Royalty before sold out crowds Friday 23 & Saturday 24 October. Formerly the historic Perth jazz venue known as the Greenwich Club, Downstairs at The Maj has recently undergone renovations, making it a special way to experience the big band sound.

Ricki Malet, Musical Director of the WAYJO MinterEllison Monday Night Orchestra, is thrilled this band have the opportunity to debut before full audiences; “It’s so great that we could salvage some performances out of the year. The band have worked really hard over lockdown and since rehearsals started back at the end of July. We’re really excited to be able to showcase them at this amazing venue.”

If you missed out on this show, WAYJO’s Tuesday and Wednesday Night Orchestras hit the stage Thursday 17 September with Isolation Emancipation: Songs of Isolation & Freedom at Lyric’s Underground in Maylands. Tickets are on sale through Oztix, and anticipated to sell out soon.

WAYJO are also hosting the Live @ The Underground Sunday Sessions at the venue, featuring a guest jazz ensemble followed by an open jazz jam. The sessions run first Sunday of the month until December.

For more on WAYJO and what’s on, head to wayjo.com/season just don’t wait too long to book your next tickets!

 

WAYJO presents Isolation Emancipation - Thu 17 Sep, 2020
Poster Photograph Josh Wells (Vegas Baby 2019), Design Justine Thornley.

 


CANCELLED - Come Together - Andrew Murray & Mace Francis

PLEASE NOTE: In response to COVID-19 restrictions, WAYJO sadly announce cancellation of this show.

Ticket holders for the show will receive a full refund from Perth Theatre Trust.
If you can, please consider a ticket refund or other donation to WAYJO at wayjo.com/support

Full statement: wayjo.com/covid-19-concert-cancellations

We apologise for any inconvenience caused, and hope to see you at another WAYJO performance in the near future.

* A World Premiere, commissioned by WAYJO *

What happens when two big band tragics get to write new music for the MinterEllison Monday Night Orchestra?

We don’t know either, but we are excited! Our artistic director Mace Francis and alumni Andrew Murray will bring MNO new music fresh off the press!

Expect bombastic brass, swirling saxophones and a raucous rhythm section. The music is fun, joyful, and a great way to celebrate this wonderful young band as led by WAM Award winner Ricki Malet.

Andrew visits us from Melbourne thanks to WAYJO’s 2020 Guest Artist Partner, the Minderoo Foundation
Photograph of Andrew by Josh Braidner

WAYJO presents Come Together
featuring Andrew Murray, Mace Francis, and the WAYJO MinterEllison Monday Night Orchestra
Fri 3 June, 7.30pm & Sat 4 June, 3.00pm & 7.30pm
Downstairs at The Maj | His Majesty’s Theatre, Perth
Tickets from Perth theatre Trust


CANCELLED - Swinging at the Embassy Ballroom

PLEASE NOTE: In response to COVID-19, WAYJO sadly announce cancellation of Swinging at the Embassy Ballroom.

Ticket holders for this show; Perth Theatre Trust will process a full refund back to the credit card making the purchase, and be in touch with those who paid by cash or other methods.
You do not need to do anything.
Please allow up to 15 business days for the refund to be processed.
If you can, please consider a ticket refund or other donation to WAYJO at https://wayjo.com/support

Full statement: https://wayjo.com/covid-19-concert-cancellations

We apologise for any inconvenience caused, and hope to see you at another WAYJO performance in the near future.

 

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


WAYJO Kicks off 2020 with a Tribute to the Embassy Ballroom

PLEASE NOTE: In response to COVID-19, WAYJO sadly announce cancellation of Swinging at the Embassy Ballroom.

Ticket holders for this show; Perth Theatre Trust will process a full refund back to the credit card making the purchase, and be in touch with those who paid by cash or other methods.
You do not need to do anything.
Please allow up to 15 business days for the refund to be processed.
If you can, please consider a ticket refund or other donation to WAYJO at https://wayjo.com/support

Full statement: https://wayjo.com/covid-19-concert-cancellations

We apologise for any inconvenience caused, and hope to see you at another WAYJO performance in the near future.

 

 

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.

Swinging at the Embassy Ballroom, on the main stage of His Majesty’s Theatre Friday 27 March, 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 join all three of WAYJO’s famed orchestras at His Majesty’s Theatre to croon, swing and melt your heart. These two vocalists, who were singing together in London during the 1990s, will entertain you with their style, vocal virtuosity and humour.

Victoria Newton states “I am so looking forward to the ‘Swinging at the Embassy Ballroom’ show because I get to work with the phenomenon that is WAYJO. The bands are so brilliant and it’s always such a joy to sing with their magnificent sound and swinging grooves behind you!”

“I can’t wait for this show” says Anita Wardell. “I’m so looking forward to making music with the amazing WAYJO orchestra and together share this wonderful art form with the audience… What an honour for me to sing with that lush and super swinging sound behind me.”

Tickets for this, and all season shows, are on sale now at Perth Theatre Trust.

For more information on WAYJO’s 2020 season, please visit wayjo.com/season

#WAYJO2020

Photograph of the Embassy Ballroom by Fred Flood (c1940)
Opened as ‘Temple Court Cabaret and Tea Rooms’ in 1928, it was located corner of William St & The Esplanade in Perth until 1982. 
City of Perth’s Fred Flood Photograph Collection. 
State Library of Western Australia image: slwa_b3010984_9.