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

Hashtags: #WAYJO2021 #WAYJOBlockParty

Contacts

Justine ThornleyWAYJO Marketing
marketing@wayjo.com
+61 8 9471 1950

Mace FrancisWAYJO Artistic Director
mace.francis@wayjo.com
+61 8 9471 1950

 

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

SORRY, SOLD OUT 6TH NOV!

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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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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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.

 


Isolation Emancipation: Songs of Isolation & Freedom

The pandemic has seen months of isolated practicing and lost performance opportunities for musicians around the globe. WAYJO is excited to finally present this concert, working on themes of isolation and freedom that musically express what many have been feeling since March.

Songs like Thad Jones’ Ah-That’s Freedom and Jim McNeely’s Desperate Times will be matched with A Night In (Tunisia) and Don’t Get Around Much Anymore.

Come and celebrate how lucky we are in WA, and once again experience the joy of live big band music with the WAYJO Tuesday and Wednesday Night orchestras.

WAYJO presents Isolation Emancipation: Songs of Isolation & Freedom
Thu 17 Sep, 7.30pm
Lyric’s Underground, Maylands
Tickets on sale Mon 17 Aug from Oztix

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CANCELLED - All or Nothing At All - Alana Macpherson

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.

* 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

 


WAYJO Goes Underground

WAYJO Goes Underground – New Concert Series with Open Jam to hit Lyric’s Underground

Introducing WAYJO Live @ Lyric’s Underground, a series of jazz concerts followed by a jam session held first Sunday of the month at Lyric’s Underground – a stone’s throw from 8th Avenue and Maylands train station.

Starting September, ‘Live @ The Underground’ Sunday sessions feature a guest act on stage 7.00pm for 1-hour, followed by an open jam led by the band from 8.20pm.

Combining concert and open jam session offers much needed opportunities for live performance, while encouraging up-coming musicians to learn more about jazz, and form new connections through the art of musical improvisation.


The Love Rats

Sunday 6 September – The Love Rats create an inspired sound, the band presents a broad selection of jazz styles, fun arrangements of classic tunes, plus originals.

 


TVQ

Sunday 4 October – TVQ draw upon influences spanning Bill Evan’s harmonic lushness, Art Blakey’s fire, Hiromi Uehara’s flare and Keith Jarrett’s emotion.

 


Ricki Malet

Sunday 1 November – Ricki Malet Vs the Monday Night Orchestra rhythm section will perform classic jazz standards arranged for the group, by the group.

 


Gemma Farrell Quartet

Sunday 6 December – Gemma Farrell Quartet present fresh, all-original jazz in the lead up to their second album release. NEW STARTING TIME OF 6PM.

 

 

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.


WAYJO’s Tuesday and Wednesday Night Orchestra’s also hit the Underground stage Thursday 17 September with Isolation Emancipation: Songs of Isolation & Freedom, a concert addressing themes of isolation and freedom in a musical expression of what many have been feeling since March. Tickets on sale through Oztix.

The WA Youth Jazz Orchestra are so gratefully to finally return to the stage in 2020, and hope to see you at a concert soon.


Lyric’s Underground
Downstairs, 22 Lyric Lane, Maylands WA 6051

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CANCELLED - My Favourite Things - Judy Bailey

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.

 

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