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: Jazz at the Movies - Hollywood

Glitz and glamour. The lights are up and the camera is rolling as WAYJO presents the jazz classics of the silver screen.

From classic films including The Pink Panther and The Man With the Golden Arm to more modern movies like Ocean’s Eleven, WAYJO will put the shine on some unexpected jazz compositions. Even kids films like The Incredibles and Monsters Inc. will get a run in a fabulous evening for young and old.

With a family friendly matinee performance and special family prices, Jazz at the Movies will be guaranteed to make your day.

Jazz at The Maj: Central Park North - New York featuring Dick Oatts (USA)

Dick Oatts, one of the modern great saxophonists, composers and bandleaders joins WAYJO straight from the home of jazz.

A huge influence on countless artists, Oatts brings his recognisable sound to two very special concerts. Leading the sax section of the famed Vanguard Jazz Orchestra since 1978, Oatts has one of the most recognisable lead alto sounds in jazz history.

And of course, as a resident of the Big Apple, Oatts will bring with him all of the very best that the city that never sleeps has to offer. From composers like Thad Jones to his own works, Dick Oatts will provide the highlight of the jazz year.

Do not miss out on this concert, sure to be one of WAYJO’s finest.

Dick Oatts appears thanks to funding provided by the United States Government and the Minderoo Foundation

* WAYJO is also offering a Concert-Workshop for schools Fri 2 Aug, 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/

Vegas, Baby!

The Rat Pack. Tom Jones. Elvis. Louis Prima.

It’s the swinging sounds of the ultra-lounge. Hipsters, mobsters, cool cats and brassy dames. WAYJO’s annual Astor Theatre show is always a hit with audiences, and Vegas, Baby! will be the coolest night in town.

Dress up in your finest, hop back in time a few decades, but not too far, and step out like a big spender.

It’s Vegas, Baby!

Jazz at The Maj: The Great American Songbook

WAYJO kicks off 2019 with a toe tapping, joyous concert featuring the songs from The Great American Songbook.

After the sell-out shows Ladies Sing the Blues in 2018, the WAYJO vocalists will bring their talents to tunes made famous by Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Cab Calloway, and Billie Holiday, as composed by Gershwin, Rodgers and Hart, Berlin, Porter and more.

The Great American Songbook will be the perfect introduction to the 2019 program, so bring your family and friends along to what will be the first hit show of the year.

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