Classic, Contemporary & Commissioned Jazz in June

WAYJO are back with Jazz at The Maj, presenting Basie & Beyond – A Journey Through Jazz Downstairs at The Maj 11-12 June.

Let WAYJO take you on a bold jazz journey from Basie and into the big band beyond! Enjoy classic jazz repertoire, artfully paired with reinvented contemporary standards, presented by the WAYJO MinterEllison Monday Night Orchestra (MNO). The second half features the Wednesday Night Orchestra (WNO) premiering exciting new works by WAYJO alumni Alana Macpherson, commissioned by the Minderoo Foundation.

WNO bring to life a set of all new music by the Downbeat award-winning composer and arranger. The music, inspired by the composer’s reflections on Australia, was composed during several lockdowns in Europe throughout 2020. This is a unique opportunity to see Alana Macpherson in action shaping the music that was composed specifically for the orchestra.

Alana is a Perth born is a saxophonist and composer currently based in Graz, Austria. Following the 2019 release of her debut album “All or Nothing At All”, Macpherson won the Downbeat Student Music Award for Large Ensemble Arrangement, as well as the 2018 WAM awards for “Best Brass/Woodwind/Strings Instrumentalist” and “Best Live Jazz Act”. She has toured with Emil Spanyi (Hungary), performed with the Vine Street Horns (Phil Collins), KUG Jazz Orchestra, Graz Composer’s Orchestra, James Morrison Big Band, and the Evan Sherman Big Band, among others. Macpherson has performed her works at the Perth International Jazz Festival, King Street Corner Pocket Jazz Festival, and Jazzwerkstatt Festival (Austria).

There’s something for all contemporary and jazz music fans in this bold big band program simply not to be missed.

Tickets to all Jazz at The Maj shows, including the The Golden Age of Swing in August, are available from ptt.wa.gov.au/wayjo

Alana appears thanks to WAYJO’s 2021 Major Programs Partner, Minderoo Foundation.

What people are saying about Alana’s Music;
“Alana is not only is an excellent saxophone player, but she is finding her own unique voice as a composer, arranger and band-leader. She’s a fan of Bob Brookmeyer’s music and you can hear a clear continuation of his concepts in her writing.” – Ed Partyka 2019

Hashtags: #WAYJO2021 #JazzAtTheMaj #BasieAndBeyond


Act Belong Commit Jazz at The Maj for Schools

Students and teachers may also enjoy a special 1-hour school concert-workshop with Alana, Friday 11 June, 3.00pm.
School workshops are great value at just $15 (+bf) per student or teacher/parent – plus you receive 1 complimentary ticket per 9 purchased. School bookings can only be made by calling Perth Theatre Trust group bookings on 6212 9291, or email groups@ptt.wa.gov.au

Hashtags: #WAYJO2021 #ActBelongCommit #JazzSchool #BasieAndBeyond


Media Contact:
Justine Thornley
WAYJO Marketing
marketing@wayjo.com
+61 8 9471 1950

Photos by Simon Reithofer, Reithofer Media


Oh, Lady Be Good

** Downstairs at The Maj is a ticketed <1,000 person seated venue - so advisories permitting, this concert will proceed. **

Please remember to wear a mask until 12.01am Saturday 8 May, and check-in to the COVID-19 Contact Register at the venue.

Keep up with all the latest official advisories at the wa.gov.au website.

In the event of any cancelled shows, ticket holders are assured refunds will be available.

Take a Quickstep back into a bygone era of style and glamour! Join Victoria Newton (WAYJO member 1987-89), the WAYJO Tuesday Night Orchestra plus all three of their band vocalists, for this songful showcase of beloved big band music.

Victoria has serenaded audiences across the world with her style, technique and humour. Now head of jazz voice at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, she’s worked the London jazz scene, collaborated with Acid-Jazz legend the late Ronny Jordan, and supported Terence Blanchard at the Jazz Café with her quartet.

Victoria appears thanks to WAYJO’s 2021 Major Programs Partner, Minderoo Foundation.

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Make Mother’s Day with Jazz at The Maj – Oh, Lady Be Good!

The WA Youth Jazz Orchestra (WAYJO) are excited to return to His Majesty’s Theatre for 2021.

Opening a season of three Jazz at The Maj shows for the year, Oh, Lady Be Good makes a songful entrance Downstairs at The Maj 7-8 Mayjust in time for the Mother’s Day weekend.

Take a Quickstep back into a bygone era of style and glamour! Join special guest vocalist Victoria Newton (WAYJO member 1987-89), the WAYJO Tuesday Night Orchestra plus all three of the big band vocalists, for this showcase of beloved big band vocal repertoire.

Victoria has serenaded audiences across the world with her style, technique and humour. Now head of jazz voice at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, she’s worked the London jazz scene, collaborated with Acid-Jazz legend the late Ronny Jordan, and supported Terence Blanchard at the Jazz Café with her quartet.

Enjoy this show at 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 and revamped Downstairs Bar, with cosy cabaret-style seating, plus fascinating foyer displays from the Museum of Performing Arts Collection.

WAYJO’s last show at The Maj was a sell-out, so best book those tickets soon - and don’t forget to treat Mum too!

You can subscribe & save $10 per adult priced ticket by purchasing all three WAYJO Jazz at The Maj shows in the same transaction; 7-8 May: Oh, Lady Be Good | 11-12 June: Basie & Beyond | 6-7 August: The Golden Age of Swing - head to ptt.wa.gov.au/wayjo

Victoria appears thanks to WAYJO’s 2021 Major Programs Partner, Minderoo Foundation.

What people are saying about Victoria;
“A fabulous strong clear voice with a great sense of time and an even greater sense of fun!” - Steve Rubie, 606 Club, London
“Deeply into the music, a real jazz singer” - Brian Blain, Jazz UK
“A jazz singer a cut above the crowd” - John Fordham, The Guardian, UK

Hashtags: #WAYJO2021 #JazzAtTheMaj #OhLadyBeGood

Media Contact:
Justine Thornley
WAYJO Marketing
marketing@wayjo.com
+61 8 9471 1950

 

WAYJO presents Oh Lady Be Good, 7-8 May. Tickets ptt.wa.gov.au/wayjo

WAYJO presents Gemma Farrell Quartet Live at Lyric’s Underground

The Gemma Farrell Quintet was formed when she moved back to Perth in 2013, after six years away. The group had their debut performance for the Perth Jazz Society at the Perth International Jazz Festival in 2015. Launching their debut album in June 2018 'Organised Chaos' - the album featured on RTRFM as the local feature album, and the group nominated for Best Jazz Act at the 2018 WAM awards.

The quartet has performed around Perth, at the 2018 and 2019 Perth International Jazz Festival, as well as In The Pines 2019, and the 2019 King Street Corner Pocket Jazz Festival. 'Organised Chaos' was nominated for Best Instrumental Jazz Album at the 2019 Australian Jazz Bell Awards and the track 'Be Like Abraham' was nominated for Best Jazz Work of the Year. The group was also nominated for Best Jazz Act at the 2019 WAM awards. In November 2019, the group toured Australia, performing at the Sydney Women's International Jazz Festival, Jazz Music Institute Brisbane and the Jazzlab Melbourne.

Enjoy a night of new original material in the lead up to their highly anticipated second album release.

The Gemma Farrell Quartet are:
Gemma Farrell - Saxophones
Sam Hadlow - Trombone
Dan Garner - Guitar
Kate Pass - Bass
Ryan Daunt - Drums

Band Set 6.00pm
Open Jam Session 7.20pm

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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.


Linda May Han Oh - Bass

Linda May Han Oh with the WAYJO WNO - Perth International Jazz Festival 2020

International bass player Linda May Han Oh returns from the US to perform with WAYJO for one night only.

Departing Perth 15 years ago, Linda has toured and performed with the biggest names in jazz, most notably as the current member of the Pat Metheny Quartet.

Linda performs newly commissioned music for the WAYJO Wednesday Night Orchestra, a band she used to perform in with current musical director Mace Francis. WAYJO is very proud to present this special night of new works, and to be performing with Linda again.

Linda May Han Oh will be performing thanks to WAYJO’s 2020 Guest Artist Partner, the Minderoo Foundation.

Linda May Han Oh
with the WAYJO Wednesday Night Orchestra, directed by Dr Mace Francis
Sunday 8 Nov, 4.00pm
The Rechabite (Main Hall), Northbridge
Limited tickets only from Moshtix

$27.49 Standard
$22.39 Concession

Receive a 15% discount when purchasing 3 PIJF performances at The Rechabite in one transaction

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Linda May Han Oh - Bass

'Oh So Exciting' New Works presented by WAYJO at Perth International Jazz Festival 2020

The WAYJO MinterEllison Monday, plus Tuesday & Wednesday Night Orchestras, are proud to be part of the eight annual Perth International Jazz Festival (PIJF).

Enjoy free community concerts in Hyde Park with WAYJO MinterEllison Monday Night Orchestra Sun 8 Nov, 2.45pm, and WAYJO Tuesday Night Orchestra, 4.00pm.

On her temporary return from the US, the Wednesday Night Orchestra are thrilled to perform with none other than highly acclaimed international bass player, and WAYJO alumni, Linda May Han Oh - currently of Pat Metheny Quartet.

Linda performs her newly composed works for the WAYJO Wednesday Night Orchestra at The Rechabite Sun 8 Nov, 4.00pm. Linda appears thanks to WAYJO’s 2020 Guest Artist Partner, the Minderoo Foundation. Tickets for this show are available from Moshtix.

PIJF 2020 runs 6-8 November. Head to perthjazzfest.com for the full program and ticketing, and while you're there, consider saving with a 3-Show Pass for ticketed events booked in a single online transaction.

#perthjazzfest #WAYJO2020


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
RSVP & share with friends on Facebook



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.


WAYJO presents TVQ Live at Lyric’s Underground

TVQ's sound is energetic and bold, with intricate melodies and rhythms that keep you guessing. The compositions can be fun and cheeky while at the same time take you on a journey through a wave of emotions.

This project started in 2016 as an outlet for creativity and launched its debut album Introducing TVQ in April 2019.

TVQ draws upon influences spanning Bill Evan's harmonic lushness, Art Blakey's fire, Hiromi Uehara's flare and Keith Jarrett's emotion.

Ricki Malet: Trumpet
Tim Voutas: Piano
Alistair Peel: Double Bass
Ryan Daunt: Drums

Band Set 7.00pm
Open Jam Session 8.20pm

Check out the vibe in this video
RSVP & share with friends on Facebook



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.


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 presents The Love Rats Live at Lyric’s Underground

Growing up together in Perth, The Love Rats have a deep musical connection that spans over 10 years, lending itself to a unique, creative experience.

Having studied at the prestigious James Morrison Academy of Music under some of Australia’s most renowned jazz musicians, each member has a unique musical voice informed by broad musical tastes.

Coming together as a collective to create an inspired sound, the band presents a broad selection of jazz styles, fun arrangements of classic tunes, plus originals.

The Love Rats are:
Jayden Blockley - Saxophone
Will Pethick - Trombone
Sam Newman - Drums
Jackson VanBallegooyen - Keys
Bass to be confirmed...

Band Set 7.00pm
Open Jam Session 8.20pm

Check out the vibe in this video
RSVP & share with friends on Facebook



WAYJO presents Live @ Lyric’s Underground
, a series of jazz concerts with jam session, 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.