Jazz Under the Stars 2019

A favourite of the WAYJO program, on a balmy spring evening as we look towards summer, celebrate the year that was as all three WAYJO bands present an all star line up of songs and compositions.

This year, we’re opening up the program to our band members. Our young musicians will hand select their favourite tunes of the year, presenting a perfect coda to An American Jazz Story.

Bring your picnic blanket, bring your friends, and introduce them to the best big band jazz WA has to offer.

Jazz at The Maj: Everybody Needs Somebody to Love - Chicago Blues Jazz

King Oliver, Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong. Just some of the artists who made their names in Chicago, a city synonymous with jazz, swing and blues.

WAYJO brings together the jazz and blues tradition across these two concerts, featuring powerful soul, big band swing, and bass grooves both familiar and infectious.

Who knows, we may even drop some tunes by a couple of brothers who were on a mission from God.

Jazz at The Maj: Dixieland Stomp - New Orleans Jazz featuring Mariel Bildsten (USA)

WAYJO brings the birthplace of jazz together with the big band sound. Jazz made for dancing, stomping your feet and having a good time. That’s what New Orleans jazz is all about.

We welcome bandleader and trombonist Mariel Bildsten, direct from the USA, to play and lead the Monday Night Orchestra. Recently seen in Perth with the Evan Sherman Big Band (Perth Festival, 2017), Mariel brings her experience of playing with jazz greats including Wycliffe Gordon, Dee Dee Bridgewater and more to Downstairs at The Maj.

The sound of New Orleans comes to Perth in May, so pack your dancing shoes and prepare to swing.

Mariel Bildsten appears thanks to funding provided by the United States Government

* WAYJO is also offering a Concert-Workshop for schools Fri 3 May, 3pm. Booking is essential, with a maximum of 100 attendees per workshop. Tickets for staff and students are $12 each, then $10 for every additional concert/workshop booked in the year. More information & bookings at wayjo.com/education/concert-for-schools/

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