WAYJO @ Jazz Freo

The WAYJO Tuesday & Wednesday Night Orchestras are heading to Jazz Freo!

Enjoy a program of big band music that journeys through from the historic music of Count Basie, Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald through to modern day Australian big band composers such as Alana Macpherson, Ross Irwin and Mace Francis.

Both the WAYJO bands will feature the incredibly talented emerging vocals of Lucy Iffla (Wednesday Night Orchestra) and Jordan Boase (Tuesday Night Orchestra).

Sun 18 Apr, 3pm (Doors 2:30pm)
Navy Club premises - level 2, 64 High Street, Fremantle
Tickets only from jazzfremantle.com.au

Lyric Lane Block Party

WAYJO is having a Block Party to open our 2021 Program!

The Lyric Lane precinct will block off traffic while all three WAYJO bands perform a free event nestled in the heart of the Maylands.

Make sure you get there early to secure a seat, grab our season brochure, and be first to witness WAYJO’s 2021 line-ups!

Lyric Lane Block Party
Sat 27 March, 4.00pm
Lyric Lane, Maylands
Free Community Event - licenced venue (18+ or guardian required) - restricted numbers, so please be early!

4-4.45pm - MinterEllison Monday Night Orchestra
5-5.45pm - Tuesday Night Orchestra
6-6.45pm - Wednesday Night Orchestra

Jump into Jazz at the 2021 WAYJO Season Launch

Since 1983, the WA Youth Jazz Orchestra (WAYJO) has been at the forefront of Australia’s emerging jazz performers, conductors and composers. The 2021 season offering is no exception, bringing together traditional and contemporary jazz to familiar venues Downstairs at The Maj and The Quarry Amphitheatre, and introducing new vibes at The Rechabite and Lyric’s Lane.

This bold program showcases the MinterEllison Monday, plus Tuesday and Wednesday Night Orchestras, demonstrating the versatile possibilities of the big band format. It is a season with something for everyone, spanning traditional repertoire at The Golden Age of Swing in August, through to an upbeat dancing selection at A Latin Explosion in September.

WAYJO are also proud to present commissioned work by alumni Kate Pass in a world music collaboration with Kate Pass and the Kohesia Ensemble, presenting a Persian spin on big band music in July.

Freshly commissioned big band and jazz ensemble works also spring to life at The Modern Masters show in October, with internationally renowned saxophonist, and Associate Dean of Music at WAAPA, Dr Jamie Oehlers.

The season closes in November at The Quarry Amphitheatre in an awe-inspiring collaboration with the WAAPA Jazz and Gospel Choirs.

2021 promises tight knit ensemble work in a bold season of shows from March to November. Tickets will be on sale to the public from 10.00am, Monday 29 March.

WAYJO invites you to Jump in to Jazz in a season launch at the Lyric Lane Block Party, Saturday 27 March from 4.00pm. Get there early to secure a spot, grab a season brochure, and be among the first to witness the 2021 line-ups. This is a Free Community Event at a licensed venue; 18+ with ID or minors to be accompanied by guardians.

For more information, please visit wayjo.com

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WAYJO thanks continuing Government Partner, the Department of Local Government, Sport, and Cultural Industries, Lotterywest, Principal Partner North West Shelf Gas, Major Programs Partner Minderoo Foundation, Monday Night Orchestra Naming Rights Partner MinterEllison, St John of God Healthcare and Healthway Act Belong Commit.


A Summer Wonderland

Let WAYJO take you into a Summer Wonderland, as we Deck the Rechabite Hall in the sounds of a swinging jazzmas.

This not so Silent Night will bring you Duke Ellington’s version of the Nutcracker and some brandy infused Christmas carols.

Join the WAYJO Tuesday and Wednesday Night Orchestras in a fun ending to this crazy year. Come party with WAYJO-HO-HO!

Consider booking your end of year function on this night – email functions@therechabite.com.au for details!


WAYJO presents A Summer Wonderland
with the Tuesday and Wednesday Night Orchestras
Sat 12 Dec, 7.30pm
The Rechabite (Main Hall), Northbridge
Limited tickets only through Moshtix

$27.49 Adult
$22.39 Student/Concession

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Jazz Under the Stars 2020 - SOLD OUT


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 Tuesday Night Orchestra

WAYJO Tuesday Night Orchestra - Perth International Jazz Festival 2020

The WAYJO Tuesday 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 TNO Musical Director: Marty Pervan
Alto Saxophones: Holly Forster, James Calvert
Tenor Saxophones: Tim Andrews, Camryn Thomason
Baritone Saxophone: Owen Rossiter
Trumpets: Blake Armstrong, Brendan Arbuckle, Henry van den Wall Bake, Harry Falloon
Trombones: Dan Kirk, Halle Mitchell, William Barrett
Bass Trombone: Frederick Johnston-Horstman
Guitar: Sam Forster
Piano: Bob Tweedie
Bass: Gwyneth Gardiner
Drums: Felix Lemann
Vocals: Jordan Boase

Hyde Park, Sunday 8 Nov, 4.00pm
Free Community Event

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.

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


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