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Whatcom Jazz Music Arts Center at the Sylvia Center for the Arts

205 Prospect St., Bellingham, WA


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Jennifer Scott & Rene Worst Quartet


WJMAC is delighted to welcome exquisite Vancouver musicians, educators and clinicians Scott and Worst who are at home on any stage, having played with Chet Baker, David Bowie, Freddie Hubbard, Ed Johnson, Ernestine Anderson, Joe Pass, Phoebe Snow, Clark Terry and many others. Jennifer Scott (keyboard, vocals), Rene Worst (bass), Bill Coon (guitar), TBA (drums).


• Wed 2/27/19 at 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

WJMAC presents Dmitri Matheny Group


Dmitri Matheny (flugelhorn), Bill Anschell (piano), Phil Sparks (bass), Mark Ivester (drums). Matheny is best known for his “Understated, masterful technique and evident joy.” —JazzNews. The protégé of Art Farmer, Matheny is a national and international touring and recording artist, educator, and winner of numerous regional and national awards--including the Earshot Jazz 2016 NW Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year-- who delights audiences with his impeccable technique and exquisite lyricism. Phil Elwood of the San Francisco Examiner says Matheny is, “A visionary. Matheny's flugelhorn is both hot and cool, wide of range and brilliantly imaginative.” Tickets at the door 6PM. Doors 6:30. First come, first seated. Program subject to change.


• Wed 3/6/19 at 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

WJMAC presents K.O. Ensemble


Kate Olson (sax), Chris Symer (bass), Brad Gibson (drums) and Alex Guilbert (keys). Seattle soprano sax sensation Olson has toured internationally and has played with Terry Riley, Stuart Dempster, Pauline Oliveros, Allison Miller, Bobby Previte, Skerik, Patricia Barber and pop music icons Elvis Costello, Brandi Carlile, Sir Mix-a-lot, Matt Cameron. In 2016 she was nominated for Earshot Jazz’s Best NW Instrumentalist, and the K.O. Ensemble was also nominated as best NW Alternative Group. Olson is well versed in straight ahead jazz but her “…heart beats strongest somewhere in the vicinity of minimalism, ambient electroacoustic music, and free improv….” -South Seattle Emerald. We’re excited to welcome Kate Olson and her K.O. Ensemble to WJMAC for the first time. Tickets at the door 6PM. Doors 6:30. First come, first seated. Program subject to change.


• Wed 3/13/19 at 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM