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WAM Member Benefit: WAYJO

5 Mar


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The Western Australian Youth Jazz Orchestra’s (WAYJO) 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.

Check out the WAYJO calendar of events to see which Jazz at the Maj you would like to attend here.

WAYJO presents Jazz at The Maj – MAY

Jazz at The Maj: Dixieland Stomp – New Orleans Jazz featuring Mariel Bildsten (USA) – May 3, 7:30 pm9:30 pm
WAYJO brings the birthplace of jazz together with the big band sound. Jazz made for dancing, stomping your feet and having a good time. That’s what New Orleans jazz is all about.

We welcome bandleader and trombonist Mariel Bildsten, direct from the USA, to play and lead the Monday Night Orchestra. Recently seen in Perth with the Evan Sherman Big Band (Perth Festival, 2017), Mariel brings her experience of playing with jazz greats including Wycliffe Gordon, Dee Dee Bridgewater and more to Downstairs at The Maj.

The sound of New Orleans comes to Perth in May, so pack your dancing shoes and prepare to swing.

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

Tickets only from Perth Theatre Trust 




WAM Members aged 25 and under receive $25 tickets to any of WAYJO’s Jazz at The Maj 2019 season! Email your name and membership number to your Membership Officer with the subject ‘Member Benefit: WAYJO’ claim your special discount code.

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!





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WAM is supported by the State Government through the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries and Lottery West, and is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.