WAYJO Swings - WAAPA Sings!

This huge event sees all three WAYJO bands team up with the WAAPA vocal program to present a show only the Quarry Amphitheatre can handle!

Experience the magic of WAYJO’s big band, coupled with the vocal power of the WAAPA Jazz Choir and WAAPA Gospel Choir, in a spectacular night of jazz and soul not to be missed.

The Modern Masters

Did you know that big band music has continued to evolve and push boundaries from the Golden Age of Swing?

Composers such as Bill Holman, Bob Brookmeyer, Jim McNeely and Maria Schneider have used big band instrumentation to create some of the most creative and exciting jazz in recent decades.

The Wednesday Night Orchestra will be joined by Perth’s very own modern master on tenor saxophone, Dr Jamie Oehlers (WAYJO member 1987-93).

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

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Kate Pass: Kohesia & the Far East Suite

Kate Pass has forged a musical style and genre unto itself.

Blending jazz and Persian musical influences, Kate has been able to create something new, refreshing and very exciting.
WAYJO are proud to have commissioned Kate (WAYJO member 2009/10 & 2014), and now work to expand those ideas for the WNO.

We welcome Kate and Kohesia, a unique ensemble drawing upon aspects of the Persian Dastgah system and elements of the Jazz tradition.

Enjoy this very special cross-cultural collaboration in one night not to be missed.

Kate and the Kohesia Ensemble appear thanks to WAYJO’s 2021 Major Programs Partner, Minderoo Foundation

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Basie & Beyond

Let WAYJO take you on a bold jazz journey from Basie and into the big band beyond...

Enjoy classic big band repertoire, artfully paired with reinvented contemporary jazz standards, plus the premiere of exciting commissions by WAYJO’s alumni composer Alana Macpherson (WAYJO member 2010, 2012-17) on her recent return from Austria.There’s something for all contemporary and jazz music fans in this bold big band program that’s simply not to be missed!

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

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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

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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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Mace FrancisWAYJO Artistic Director
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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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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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