A Golden Era of Jazz on Film - Toshi Clinch

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

All or Nothing At All - Alana Macpherson

* A World Premiere, commissioned by WAYJO *

WAYJO are proud to welcome home to Perth saxophonist and composer Alana Macpherson, leading the Wednesday Night Orchestra from the front of the band.

Her new music draws on influences from her recent composition study in Austria, under WAYJO favourite Ed Partyka, and living in Europe.

Alana’s music is powerful, emotional and full of heart. Join us to celebrate the triumphant return of one of WAYJO’s recent success stories.

Alana visits us from Austria thanks to WAYJO’s 2020 Guest Artist Partner, the Minderoo Foundation
Photograph of Alana by Simon Reithofer

WAYJO presents All or Nothing At All  
featuring saxophonist Alana Macpherson and the WAYJO Wednesday Night Orchestra
Fri 4 & Sat 5 September, 7.30pm
Downstairs at The Maj | His Majesty’s Theatre, Perth
Tickets from Perth Theatre Trust


Come Together - Andrew Murray & Mace Francis

* 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

Young Women in Jazz 2020

The WA Youth Jazz Orchestra’s pioneering Young Women in Jazz workshops, presented in partnership with the Sydney Improvised Music Association (SIMA), are aimed at developing skills and building confidence of young women interested in exploring the world of jazz and improvised music.

Supported by their mentors, some of Perth’s most inspiring and accomplished Jazz artists, this concert is the culmination of 8-weeks intensive workshopping. We invite you to support these talented young women as they demonstrate their newly acquired skills in a fun and inspirational afternoon of jazz.

Run in Perth since 2014, and developed in 2002 by Sydney Improvised Music Association (SIMA) and Dr. Sandy Evans OAM, the Young Women in Jazz workshops are specifically designed to inspire young women (aged 14 to 25) to play jazz and pursue a future in music and improvisation.

Young Women in Jazz is presented in association with the Sydney Improvised Music Association and supported by the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. WAYJO acknowledges ongoing program partner St John of God Health Care for their continued support.

WAYJO presents Young Women in Jazz 2020
Sun 21 Jun, 6.00pm
The Ellington Jazz Club, Perth
Tickets only from Ellington Jazz Club

* NOTE: Registrations to participate in the workshops and concert close Fri 24 Apr 2020, 5.00pm at wayjo.com/young-women-in-jazz

Young Women in Jazz 2019

My Favourite Things - Judy Bailey

Judy Bailey is nothing short of a national treasure.

She has been composing music for big band, orchestra, television and film for decades. Her music is both familiar and forward thinking, mixing sophistication and raucous swing.

Expect everything from Basie style swingers, film soundtrack imagery and reinventions of jazz standards, all delivered with her trademark wit and dry humour.

These are just a few of our favourite things.

Judy visits us from Sydney thanks to WAYJO’s 2020 Guest Artist Partner, the Minderoo Foundation
Photograph of Judy by Jim Rolon

WAYJO presents My Favourite Things
featuring Judy Bailey and the WAYJO Wednesday Night Orchestra
Fri 5 & Sat 6 June, 7.30pm
Downstairs at The Maj | His Majesty’s Theatre, Perth
Tickets from Perth Theatre Trust

Polks Dots and Moonbeams - Kristin Berardi

The sublime sound of Kristin Berardi’s voice will sweep you away to a world of polka dots and moonbeams. To hear Kristin is to smell new roses or summer rain on freshly cut grass.

Kristin’s virtuosity, versatility, charisma and creativity are the reasons she is one of the most in demand jazz vocalists in the country. Winner of the 2006 Montreux Jazz Festival’s International Jazz Vocal Competition, the 2007 Freedman Jazz Fellowship and 2012 National Jazz Award.

This is the rare opportunity to hear Kristin in front of a big band singing her favourite songs and delightful original compositions.

Kristin visits us from Brisbane thanks to WAYJO’s 2020 Guest Artist Partner, the Minderoo Foundation
Photograph of Kristin by Metaxia Coustas

WAYJO presents Polka Dots and Moonbeams
featuring Kristin Berardi and the WAYJO Tuesday Night Orchestra
Fri 1 & Sat 2 May, 7.30pm
Downstairs at The Maj | His Majesty’s Theatre, Perth
Tickets from Perth Theatre Trust

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

WAYJO Announces 2020 Season with an All-Australian Guest Artist Program

The West Australian Youth Jazz Orchestra (WAYJO) launches its 2020 season, Homegrown, celebrating the depth of talent Australia has produced in the jazz scene, with a suite of Australian guest artists in an exciting program.

After a 2019 focus on the birthplace of jazz, the USA, featuring numerous sell-out performances, WAYJO brings a stunning array of Australian artists from interstate and abroad to perform with the company’s three 18-piece jazz big bands. As part of the Homegrown season, WAYJO have also commissioned a number of new compositions, presenting the World Premiere of nearly three hours of new music.

WAYJO recognises the importance of showcasing Australian musicians and the successes of over 35 years of WAYJO alumni on the Australian and international scenes. Our vision to “build the future of Australian jazz” is the cornerstone rationale behind the 2020 program, offering outstanding opportunities for young Western Australian musicians and providing WAYJO’s growing audience with fresh perspectives and experiences.

Homegrown kicks off with a tribute to one of Perth’s legendary and much missed venues, with Swinging at the Embassy Ballroom. From 1928 to 1982, the Embassy hosted many of Perth’s swinging jazz legends as well as artists from across the ocean, and WAYJO will remind nostalgic audiences of the music of those years on the main stage at His Majesty’s Theatre. Featuring all three of WAYJO’s big bands and guest vocalists Anita Wardell & Victoria Newton this will be a concert event for young and old alike.

Jazz at The Maj returns from May to October, featuring stunning concerts in the beautifully intimate Downstairs at The Maj. The season begins in May with WAYJO welcoming vocalist Kristin Berardi (Qld) in Polka Dots and Moonbeams. Kristin wowed Perthaudiences at the 2019 Perth International Jazz Festival with her sensuous voice and joins the WAYJO Tuesday Night Orchestra.

In June, WAYJO is proud to present a true legend of Australian jazz, pianist Judy Bailey (NSW) to perform My Favourite Things. A force of nature, Judy joins the WAYJO Wednesday Night Orchestra, Perth’s premiere big band in performing  new jazz composition, for two unmissable concerts.

July sees WAYJO debuting our first major commissions for 2020. WAYJO alumni Andrew Murray (Vic) joins Artistic Director Dr Mace Francis to present Come Together. For the first time, the WAYJO MinterEllison Monday Night Orchestra will perform works composed specifically for this ensemble, a rare challenge for the most junior WAYJO band. However, with well-known music like The Beatles’ “Come Together” receiving a whole new jazz arrangement audiences are sure to be surprised and enchanted in this World Premiere event.

One of WAYJO’s recent success stories, Alana Macpherson, alumna and former WAYJO Assistant Music Director, joins WAYJO in September for the second major commission of the year, All or Nothing At All. Alana, 2018 WAM Award winner as Best Brass/String/Woodwind Instrumentalist, studies her Masters of Jazz Composition at the MUG University of Music and Performing Arts, Austria, and brings her saxophone and composing skills to bear with the Wednesday Night Orchestra.

Toshi Clinch (Vic) offers his unique arrangements of classic Hollywood films to WAYJO in October to close out the Jazz at The Maj season with A Golden Age of Jazz on Film. Following the success of WAYJO’s 2019 concerts, Jazz at the Movies, these reimagined works of Quincy Jones, John Williams and more will be a family favourite.

WAYJO’s guest artist program is proudly supported by the Minderoo Foundation in their second year of partnership with WAYJO.

Punctuating the Homegrown season will be the return of the King Street Corner Pocket Jazz Festival in 2020. Showcasing the depth of talent in Western Australia, over 50 performances by the state’s emerging and established jazz acts will feature across the three days of the Festival. From big band to smaller intimate ensembles and solo musicians, King Street Corner Pocket is the most accessible and fun way to see multiple acts in the same night in easy walking distance. WAYJO will also present The Debut Collection during the Festival, featuring commissioned works from the company’s Composer-in-Residence program. King Street Corner Pocket is supported by the City of Perth.

The sell-out Jazz for Juniors returns as part of WAYJO’s ongoing Act-Belong-Commit education program, which also features dedicated schools concerts Downstairs at The Maj, and South-West and Geraldton Regional Tours.

Homegrown continues WAYJO’s focus on supporting the growth of jazz in the State and furthering the representation of female artists, with five of the seven guest artists programmed outstanding women in the field.

WAYJO’s 2019 season saw continued audience growth, with the Jazz at the Maj season reaching 92% of ticketed capacity, a 10% increase in audiences at Corner Pocket, and box office targets exceeded by 12%.

WAYJO is the small company that has WA’s arts community buzzing, with an exciting 2020 on the horizon.


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WAYJO 2020 Season Overview

His Majesty’s Theatre
Swinging at the Embassy Ballroom
Featuring Anita Wardell and Victoria Newton
March 27

Downstairs at The Maj
"Jazz at The Maj"

Polka Dots and Moonbeams
Featuring Kristin Berardi
May 1 & 2

My Favourite Things
Featuring Judy Bailey
June 5 & 6

Come Together (World Premiere)
Featuring Andrew Murray and Mace Francis
July 3 & 4

All or Nothing At All
Featuring Alana Macpherson
September 4 & 5

A Golden Age of Jazz on Film
Featuring Toshi Clinch
October 2 & 3

Jazz for Juniors
April 14-15, July 7-8, September 29-30

King Street Corner Pocket Jazz Festival
Various Venues around King and Hay Streets, Perth – July 30 to August 1


WAYJO 2020 Sponsors

Government Partner Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries & Lotterywest

Principal Partner North West Shelf Gas

Guest Artist Partner The Minderoo Foundation

Education and Regional Tour Partner Healthway

Naming Rights Partner Monday Night Orchestra MinterEllison

Major Partner St John of God Health Care

Offical Partner Gerard Daniels

Hotel Partner InterContinental City Centre Perth

Festival Partner City of Perth

Venue Partners His Majesty’s TheatreWest Australian Academy of Performing Arts

Supporting Partners Minuteman Press Perth, City of Perth Parking, ActivITRTR FM 92.1


Media Contact

Simon Keen, WAYJO General Manager
0407 990 483