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Jazz and Blues in Perth and WA

WA has a happening jazz and blues scene with dedicated jazz venues across the city and groovy festivals held throughout the year. Get your fix of jazz and blues at one of the speakeasy-style cellars or hidden vintage lounges in Perth and Fremantle, or escape to an annual outdoor festival. WA even boasts its very own youth jazz orchestra.

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Must-see upcoming WAYJO events

Must-see upcoming WAYJO events

The West Australian Youth Jazz Orchestra is the state’s premier organisation for young and emerging jazz performers, not to mention...
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Jazz & blues festivals in Perth and WA

Jazz & blues festivals in Perth and WA

When it comes to live jazz & blues music, Western Australia is home to many jazz & blues festivals throughout...
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Cosy jazz bars across Perth

Cosy jazz bars across Perth

Whether you are looking for a place to spend date night or somewhere to grab a drink and escape the...
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Q+A Libby Hammer

Q+A Libby Hammer

Two of Perth’s most popular songbirds, Libby Hammer and Ali Bodycoat, are bringing a revamped show to The Ellington in...
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Q&A with Paul Pax Andrews

Q&A with Paul Pax Andrews

Keep it on the down-low, bro, but internationally acclaimed saxophonist and educator Paul ‘Pax’Andrews is possibly Perth’s best-kept jazz secret.
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Guides


Jazz For Juniors: Meet The Jazz Orchestra

Join WAYJO as we introduce the instruments in a jazz band, swing through different jazzy styles, and finish the year with childhood favourites

  • Dates:Apr 16 - 17, Jul 9 - 10 & Oct 1 - 2
  • Venue:His Majesty's Theatre

Details

  • Hosted By:West Australian Youth Jazz Orchestra
  • Ticket Price:$12.50
  • Venue Address:825 Hay Street Perth, WA 6000 Australia
  • Produced By:WAYJO: WA Youth Jazz Orchestra
  • Type:Music
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly,For kids 4-12,Wheelchair Access
  • Event Venue:His Majesty's Theatre
  • Music:Jazz

Description

With a different program each school holiday, and instruments to try, designed  for small hands to play, these sell-out concerts are oodles of fun.

Jazz For Juniors: Dizzy Disney

The final instalment of WAYJO's Jazz for Juniors series, this session will see the kids playing their favourite Disney tunes!

  • Dates:Oct 1 - 2
  • Venue:Downstairs at the Maj

Details

  • Hosted By:WAYJO
  • Venue Address:825 Hay St, Perth WA 6000
  • Ticket Price:$12.50
  • Produced By:WAYJO: WA Youth Jazz Orchestra
  • Type:Music,Youth Art / Performance
  • Audience:For kids 4-12
  • Event Venue:His Majesty's Theatre
  • Music:Jazz

Description

Join WAYJO as we introduce the instruments in a jazz band, swing through different jazzy styles, and finish the year with childhood favourites. With a different program each school holiday, and instruments to try, designed  for small hands to play, these sell-out concerts are oodles of fun.

 

Subiaco Lounge Series

The Subiaco Lounge Series will bring three nights of live jazz across Subiaco’s many venues, laneways and balconies.

  • Dates:Oct 3 - 5
  • Venue:Rokeby Road

Details

  • Type:Free,Music
  • Music:Free,Jazz,Rhythm & Blues

Description

Come along and get your toes tapping to an amazing collection of Jazz, RnB, Blues, Soul, Bossa Nova, Jive and so much more. Discover over 15 acts, including open-air performances and more intimate, cosy gigs hosted by some of Subi’s best restaurants and bars.

Start planning your musical adventure…
Visit www.seesubiaco.com.au/loungeseries

Everybody Needs Somebody To Love: Chicago Blues Jazz

King Oliver, Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong. Just some of the artists who made their names in Chicago, a city synonymous with jazz, swing and blues.

  • Dates:Oct 4-5
  • Venue:His Majesty’s Theatre

Details

  • Hosted By:WAYJO
  • Ticket Price:From $30
  • Venue Address:His Majesty’s Theatre, 825 Hay St, Perth WA 6000
  • Produced By:WAYJO: WA Youth Jazz Orchestra
  • Type:Music
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly,For seniors,Wheelchair Access
  • Event Venue:His Majesty's Theatre
  • Music:Jazz

Description

WAYJO brings together the jazz and blues tradition across these two concerts, featuring powerful soul, big band swing, and bass grooves both familiar and infectious.

Who knows, we may even drop some tunes by a couple of brothers who were on a mission from God.

Jazz At The Maj: Everybody Needs Somebody To Love

WAYJO brings together the jazz and blues tradition across these two concerts, featuring powerful soul, big band swing, and bass grooves both familiar and infectious.

  • Dates:Oct 4 - 5
  • Time(s):Oct 4 - 7.30pm | Oct 5 - Matinee 3.30pm; Evening show 7.30pm
  • Venue:Downstairs at The Maj

Details

  • Hosted By:WAYJO
  • Venue Address:825 Hay St Perth, WA 6000 Australia
  • Ticket Price FROM:$30
  • Ticket price TO:$45
  • Type:Music
  • Audience:Adults
  • Event Venue:Downstairs at The Maj
  • Music:Jazz,Rhythm & Blues

Description

King Oliver, Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong. Just some of the artists who made their names in Chicago, a city synonymous with jazz, swing and blues.

Who knows, we may even drop some tunes by a couple of brothers who were on a mission from God.

The Perth Great Gatsby Party 2019

Celebrate the roaring 20's at the annual Great Gatsby Extravaganza!

  • Dates:October 12th
  • Time(s):7:00pm - 12:00am
  • Venue:Perth Town Hall

Details

  • Hosted By:Behold Entertainment
  • Venue Address:Hay St &, Barrack St, Perth WA 6000
  • Ticket Price:$49.95
  • Ticket Price FROM:$49.95
  • Ticket price TO:$49.95
  • Type:Food & drink
  • Audience:Adults
  • Music:DJs,Jazz
  • Food & Drink:Beer,Spirits

Description

We are BACK for the highly anticipated return of our Annual Great Gatsby Event! 

'Can't repeat the past? Why of course you can!' 

Celebrate the Roaring ‘20s with a party like no other! Make history and be the first to glimpse the wonder brought to you by Behold Entertainment. Get the gang together, walk the red carpet and make some memories that will tide you till the next event.

Your ticket includes complimentary food and platters upon arrival and throughout the event, professional red carpet photos, entertainment and more. 

When: Saturday 12th October 
Where: The Perth Town Hall
Time: 7pm - 12am
Dress Code: 1920's/Gatsby
Tickets: $49.95

CLICK HERE TO SEE HOW LAST YEARS EVENT TURNED OUT

Strictly 18+ event | Drink responsibly 

The Artemis Project

Led by WAYJO Young Women in Jazz Program Leader Gemma Farrell, the Artemis Orchestra provides a new platform for Perth’s leading female jazz artists.

  • Dates:Oct 19
  • Venue:Ellington Jazz Club

Details

  • Hosted By:WAYJO
  • Ticket Price:From $10
  • Venue Address:Ellington Jazz Club, 191 Beaufort St, Perth WA 6000
  • Produced By:WAYJO: WA Youth Jazz Orchestra
  • Type:Music
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly,For seniors,Wheelchair Access
  • Event Venue:Ellington Jazz Club
  • Music:Jazz

Description

Joining the Artemis Orchestra will be a hand-picked selection of WAYJO’s finest young female musicians as we look forward to the future of jazz in Perth.
The music of Australia’s great female composers and arrangers will envelop audiences and send them into the night with a new sense of wonder at the talent and dedication waiting to take centre stage.

Parallel Resonance

Enjoy a joyful journey of music for marimba, vibraphone, guitar and percussion, influenced by the energetic rhythms and harmonies of flamenco, tango and jazz.

  • Dates:Oct 31
  • Time(s):7pm
  • Venue:Fremantle Arts Centre

Details

  • Hosted By:UWA Conservatorium of Music
  • Venue Address:Fremantle Arts Centre, 1 Finnerty St, Fremantle WA 6160
  • Ticket Price:$24 Adults; $15 Concession & Students
  • Type:Free,Music,University
  • Audience:Adults,For teens 13-17,Wheelchair Access
  • Produced By:UWA: University of Western Australia
  • Music:Free,Jazz,Rhythm & Blues
  • Ticket Price FROM:$15
  • Ticket price TO:$24

Description

A jam-packed program of stimulating performances and events in 2019 showcases the immense talent of UWA’s young emerging artists and their mentors, the celebrated alumni, and nationally and internationally recognised guest artists.

From masterclasses and workshops to intimate chamber performances and large- scale collaborations, there’s something for everyone to enjoy, so come along to be inspired and entertained.

Parallel Resonance: A Piñata Percussion Co-Lab With The UWA Guitar Studio

A vibrant instrumental performance flavoured with the energy of flamenco, tango and jazz.

  • Dates:Oct 31
  • Time(s):7pm-9pm
  • Venue:Fremantle Arts Centre

Details

  • Hosted By:Fremantle Arts Centre and UWA Guitar Studio
  • Venue Address:1 Finnerty Street, Fremantle Western Australia
  • Ticket Price FROM:$15
  • Ticket price TO:$24
  • Produced By:Fremantle Arts Centre
  • Type:Music
  • Audience:Adults
  • Event Venue:Fremantle Arts Centre
  • Music:Jazz,Rhythm & Blues,World

Description

Enjoy a joyful journey of music for marimba, vibraphone, guitar and percussion, influenced by the energetic rhythms and harmonies of flamenco, tango and jazz and featuring new works by talented UWA composers.

 

Jazz At The Movies: Hollywood

It’s destination: L.A. as WAYJO takes a deep dive into some jazz greats from the silver screen.

  • Dates:Nov 8 - 9
  • Venue:His Majesty’s Theatre

Details

  • Hosted By:WAYJO
  • Ticket Price:From $30
  • Venue Address:His Majesty’s Theatre, 825 Hay St, Perth WA 6000
  • Produced By:WAYJO: WA Youth Jazz Orchestra
  • Type:Music
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly,For seniors,Wheelchair Access
  • Event Venue:His Majesty's Theatre
  • Music:Jazz

Description

From classic films including The Pink Panther and The Man With the Golden Arm to more modern movies like Oceans 11, WAYJO will put the shine on some unexpected jazz compositions.

Even kids films like The Incredibles and Monsters Inc will get a run in a fabulous evening for young and old.

With a family friendly matinee performance and special family prices, Jazz at the Movies will be guaranteed to make your day.

Jazz Under the Stars

WAYJO returns to the Quarry with three 18-piece jazz big bands in a program designed to delight the whole family

  • Dates:Nov 22
  • Time(s):7:30pm
  • Venue:Quarry Amphitheatre

Details

  • Hosted By:WAYJO
  • Ticket Price:$25 - $50
  • Venue Address:1 Waldron Dr, City Beach WA 6015
  • Produced By:WAYJO: WA Youth Jazz Orchestra
  • Type:Music
  • Audience:Adults
  • Event Venue:Quarry Amphitheatre
  • Music:Jazz

Description

Big band jazz under the setting sun and night sky. 

A hand picked selection of great jazz works from the 2019 WAYJO Season, "An American Jazz Story", performed with all the energy and pizzazz WAYJO has to offer.

From New York to New Orleans, Jazz Under the Stars features music from the greatest jazz cities in America.

Over The Rainbow With Ali Bodycoat And Libby Hammer

Join Ali Bodycoat and Libby Hammer as they take you somewhere "Over The Rainbow" at Perth's best jazz club, The Ellington Jazz Club.

  • Dates:Nov 27 & 28
  • Time(s):Opens 7:00pm
  • Venue:The Ellington Jazz Club

Details

  • Venue Address:191 Beaufort St, Perth WA 6000
  • Ticket Price FROM:$7
  • Ticket price TO:$20
  • Type:Music
  • Audience:Adults
  • Event Venue:Ellington Jazz Club
  • Music:Jazz

Description

For two dazzling nights, Perth jazz darlings Ali Bodycoat and Libby Hammer give the cabaret mashup treatment to a stunning collection of songs that celebrate gender and sexual diversity, from musical theatre, pop, country, jazz, and disco, while joyfully concluding that we all have the same right to love. 

Supported by a world class jazz trio, these two jazz queens explore issues surrounding gender inequality through a repertoire selected carefully from 1920's cabaret, the political 1970's, right up to now. So get your glad rags on, book your tickets early and be prepared to join in on a bit of a singalong!

 

"...had the audience in hysterics... utterly delicious... world class entertainment... miss it at your peril!" - Claire Condry, Australian Stage

The Love Rats

Sharing a common connection in music, the boys from The Love Rats are back for another show at The Ellington Jazz Club with more original music, and more classic tunes for your aural pleasure.

  • Dates:Dec 17
  • Time(s):Opens 7:00pm
  • Venue:The Ellington Jazz Club

Details

  • Venue Address:191 Beaufort St, Perth WA 6000
  • Ticket Price FROM:$7
  • Ticket price TO:$15
  • Type:Music
  • Audience:Adults
  • Music:Gig Guide,Jazz

Description

Having all grown up together in Perth, this new group have a deep musical connection that spans over 10 years allowing for a unique, creative experience. Although the group have played together for over a decade, very rarely have they formalised the connection into a band of their own. The band are currently studying at the presitigious James Morrison Academy of Music, where they are taught by the likes of Mat Jodrell, Carl Mackey and Grand Windsor to name a few.

The group will feature original music written by each member, inspired by all different styles of jazz ranging in influences all the way from blues to modern jazz, as well as fun arrangements of classic tunes.

Joining them for this gig will be Zac Grafton on the double bass.

Annie Mitchell: The Singer Songwriters Of Jazz

Join Annie Mitchell for a night of storytelling as she pays tribute to her favourite singer-songwriters of Jazz.

  • Dates:Jan 15
  • Time(s):Opens 7:00pm
  • Venue:The Ellington Jazz Club

Details

  • Venue Address:191 Beaufort St, Perth WA 6000
  • Ticket Price FROM:$7
  • Ticket price TO:$15
  • Type:Music
  • Audience:Adults
  • Event Venue:Ellington Jazz Club
  • Music:Jazz

Description

Obsessing over the art of singer-songwriters from a young age, Annie Mitchell will revisit the jazz greats of Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra and Amy Winehouse and the stories of woe and heartbreak we have once forgotten. From the hits of yesteryear to the powerful stories from the last decade, Annie Mitchell will interpret chart topper vocalists such as George Michael and Joni Mitchell, as well as Australian Jazz superstars like Sarah Mckenzie, Gian Slater and Megan Washington.

Annie Mitchell will be joined by Perth favourites Tim Voutas (piano), Ryan Daunt (drums), Matt Smith (trumpet) and Zac Grafton (bass). Secure your spot in a night dedicated to unlocking the magic of storytelling through melody and harmony.

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