Following a sell-out season in 2017, Jazz at The Maj returns in 2018 with an extended program, including opportunities for our musicians to perform their own works in special Late Night Jazz at The Maj concerts.

Starting at 10pm, after the main concert has concluded, audiences will be treated to new works and interpretations as WA Youth Jazz Orchestra musicians curate their own events.

Tickets are just $10* with all profits go to the young musicians performing.

Come for the main and stay for a sweet jazz discovery – with the latest in upcoming jazz performers and ensembles from WAYJO!

Late Jazz at The Maj
First Friday & Saturday of the month, March to November
Downstairs at The Maj – His Majesty’s Theatre, Perth
*Booking fees may apply

Late Jazz at The Maj 2018

Matt Smith Sextet

Fri 2 & Sat 3 Mar from 10pm

Matt Smith is a trumpeter/composer hailing from Perth, Western Australia and has appeared on stage with some of Australia’s leading Jazz and Hip-Hop Musicians; from Vince Jones and Rai Thistlethwayte to Drapht and Mathas.

Matt is a current member of the Mace Francis Orchestra, COLAB Band, Premiss Collective, WAYJO, Proof and the Perth Cabaret Collective.

The Matt Smith Sextet feature some of the most dedicated young jazz musicians Perth has seen, presenting thoughtful and technically brilliant performances sure to leave audiences wanting more.

Alana Macpherson Nonet

Fri 6 & Sat 7 Apr from 10pm

The Alana Macpherson Nonet, formed in 2014, brings original compositions and fresh arrangements from the pen of alto saxophonist and WAYJO Assistant Musical Director, Alana Macpherson. Fusing elements of modern big band music, free jazz and post-rock, the result is dense textures, floating melodies and hard hitting grooves. Don’t miss your chance to see this ensemble in full flight before their debut recording in late April.

Alana Macpherson – Alto Saxophone/Compositions
Ricki Malet – Trumpet
Dylan Hooper – Tenor Saxophone
Blake Philips – Trombone
Jessica Beahan – Bass Clarinet
Jacob Mitchell – Guitar
Austin Salisbury – Piano
Kate Pass – Bass
Alex Reid – Drums

Tim Voutas Quartet

Fri 4 & Sat 5 May from 10pm

The Tim Voutas Quartet was formed in 2016 as a creative outlet for some of Perth’s leading young jazz musicians, based on highly improvised and interactive modern jazz. The quartet take jazz to new and exciting places every time they perform.

Tim Voutas – Piano
Tom Walsh – Saxophone
Kane Shaw – Double Bass
Ryan Daunt – Drums

Chris Musitano Quintet

Fri 1 & Sat 2 Jun from 10pm

Chris Musitano is a local Perth trumpet player who has drawn together an impressive ensemble.

The Chris Musitano Quintet will feature a range of newly composed music and fresh arrangements of jazz standards, influenced by such artists as Christian Scott, Jacob Collier, KNOWER, and Bon Iver.

James Sewell – Saxophone
Kane Shaw – Bass
Tim Voutas – Piano
Talya Valenti – Drums

The Newhouse Collective

Fri 3 & Sat 4 Aug from 10pm

The Newhouse Collective is an octet of versatile, multi-tasking musicians that make up Tim Newhouse’s cross-genre artistic ensemble. Tim’s music can be loosely labelled as orchestral electro-jazz, drawing influence from Jaga Jazzist, GoGo Penguin, Metropole Orkest, Maria Schneider and a swathe of hybrid composers. Film soundtrack-like one second, progressive rock-like the next, the sound always keeps you guessing.

Tim is a versatile multi-woodwind instrumentalist, pianist and male vocalist; finishing fourth in the state for WACE music in 2012, he was selected to perform at Performing Arts Perspectives. He has performed and worked with artists such as the Mace Francis Orchestra, The Idea of North, Evan Sherman, James Morrison, Darcy James Argue and Ed Partyka.

Tim Newhouse – Keyboard, Melodica, Tenor Sax, Flute
Thea Woodward – Flute
Matt Smith – Trumpet
Priscilla Gardner – Voice, Violin
James Maley – Cello
James O’Brien – Piano, Keyboard
Kane Shaw – Bass
Jasper Miller – Drums, Sample Pads

Maximillian Wickham Quintet

Fri 7 & Sat 8 Sep from 10pm

Maximillian Wickham is a jazz saxophonist and composer studying at the WA Academy of Performing Arts. Drawing inspiration from the extended modal improvisations of John Coltrane’s classic quartet of the 1960s, the high intensity, highly interactive performances of Keith Jarrett’s standards trio, and the works of modern jazz artists including Tal Cohen, Julien Wilson and Chris Potter, Max aims to create music full of passion, emotion and intensity.

He considers his compositions as an improvisational framework that allows each member of his group to contribute their own personality to his work.

Maximillian Wickham – Tenor Saxophone
Michael Ellis – Guitar
Xavier Douglas-Smith – Piano
Max Jones – Bass
William Chiew – Drums


Fri 5 & Sat 6 Oct from 10pm

MELVE are a jazz quintet that compose and perform their own original jazz tunes. They are influenced by the likes of John Coltrane, Branford Marsalis Quartet, Kneebody & Wayne Shorter. The band consists of recent WAAPA Honours’ Graduates and up-and-coming Perth musicians:

Sam Hadlow – Trombone
Tom Walsh – Tenor Saxophone
Austin Salisbury – Piano
Kane Shaw – Double Bass
Ryan Daunt – Drums

This year MELVE recorded their first LP entitled Volume One which will be launched at the 2018 Perth International Jazz Festival. The CD consists of MELVE original compositions and one “MELVEd” jazz standard.