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WAM Member Benefit: WAYJO

5 Mar


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The Western Australian Youth Jazz Orchestra’s purpose is to engage and challenge emerging jazz musicians, to inspire them to reach their greatest potential, and to captivate audiences with exceptional performance experiences.

In 2019 WAYJO celebrates America’s original artform, constantly evolving and influencing other styles of music. From concerts featuring some great jazz vocalists to styles derived from the great jazz cities of the USA, every concert in our season will bring WAYJO’s energetic take on the sounds of the big band with freshness and panache. Every month WAYJO will transport you to a different city in America to showcase the music that has made it famous; from New York to New Orleans, Las Vegas to Hollywood, Chicago to Detroit. Each of these great cities have contributed a musical style that has influenced modern music and created some of the greatest moments in modern music history. We are very excited to welcome two very special guests to Perth from New York City, saxophonist Dick Oatts and trombonist Mariel Bildsten, to perform especially with WAYJO as part of our American Jazz Story.

Dick Oatts is big band jazz royalty, holding the position of lead alto player for the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra since 1977 and has one of the most powerful and distinct alto saxophone sounds in jazz. He will be bringing the sound and energy of New York City to Downstairs at The Maj, transforming that room into The Village Vanguard.

Mariel Bildsten is a rising star in New York, playing in many of the city’s big bands, including the Evan Sherman Big Band, and is part of one of my favourite brass bands, Brass Against the Machine. She has a real respect for the history of jazz and will be bringing her expertise to us for our New Orleans night.


WAM members aged 25 and under can enjoy $25 tickets to any of WAYJO’s Jazz at The Maj 2019 season! Email your name and membership number to [email protected] to claim your special discount code.

WAYJO presents Jazz at The Maj

Downstairs at The Maj – His Majesty’s Theatre, Perth

Tickets only from Perth Theatre Trust  

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.

The Great American Songbook, with WAYJO TNO & WNO
Fri 5 Apr, 7.30pm
Sat 6 Apr, 3.00pm & 7.30pm



Another reason why, if you’re a WA musician or music business, you can’t afford not to be a WAM member. You’ll make your money back in no time, plus you’ll be providing support to WAM’s ongoing program of activities that champion West Australian music! Become a member here!





Government of Western Australia Department of Culture and The Arts Australian Government

WAM is supported by the State Government through the Department of Culture and the Arts, and is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.