The WA Youth Jazz Orchestra are joined by students from Armadale Senior High School to perform the music they’ve been working on together during semester 2 as part of a collaboration to help build a jazz and instrumental music program.
A unique hothouse for Australia’s young jazz musicians, WAYJO provides the bridge from aspiring musician to industry professional. WAYJO’s three ensembles perform for around 20,000 people each year at venues from hip jazz haunts to parks and major concert venues.
Perth’s vibrant live jazz scene is a testament to the power of the WAYJO experience. Almost every jazz, swing, lounge, and big band performing in Perth has current or past members of WAYJO. Local jazz giants – Jamie Oehlers, Libby Hammer, Graham Wood and Carl Mackey – all played their way through WAYJO. Some past WAYJO members making their way overseas include Linda Oh, Troy Roberts, Daniel Susnjar, Graeme Blevins, Becc Sanderson and Mat Jodrell.