WAYJO set to shine under the stars at Quarry Amphitheatre

Brendan Arbuckle (18) Iluka and James O'Brien (19) Churchlands. Photo: Andrew Ritchie
Brendan Arbuckle (18) Iluka and James O'Brien (19) Churchlands. Photo: Andrew Ritchie

WAYJO is set to shine under the stars at the Quarry Amphitheatre.

The Maylands-based jazz big band will perform classics by Duke Ellington for their season finale.

WAYJO general manager Simon Keen said it had been a big year for the group with regional tours, a show with Kate Ceberano and numerous performances with international feature artists.

He said the event was the perfect way to welcome the summer season.

“Our Jazz Under the Stars program is one of our most popular performances each year, and we know that audiences will love hearing some of Duke Ellington’s best work plus classics like ‘Sugar Rum Cherry’ and ‘Dance of the Floreadores’,” he said.

WAYJO has been operating for 34 years, supporting outstanding young musicians between 14 and 25.

Mr Keen said when he started at WAYJO around two years ago, around 1500 people were attending ticketed performances a year; that figure has grown to 8000, with around 30,000 people reached across school programs and free events.

“We’re pushing up in the Perth art scene and getting our art form recognised more,” he said.

“Big band stuff is really accessible and fun, with lots of good new interesting music.”

WAYJO’s Jazz Under the Stars show takes place on November 22 and 23 at the Quarry Amphitheatre, with their 2019 program set to be launched at the events.

For more information, visit wayjo.com.