Our Mission Statement

  • Provide affordable jazz combo classes to aspiring high school musicians (and others), in order to encourage and cultivate not only future jazz artists, but jazz lovers and audience members.
  • Bring the best local, regional and national jazz artists to Bellingham, WA.



Unity Spiritual Center of Bellingham will be providing the space for combo classes and weekly concerts. There is ample parking, easy wheelchair access, and very comfy chairs awaiting you!

Unity Spiritual Center of Bellingham is located at 1095 Telegraph Rd, Bellingham, WA 98226.

Combo Classes

Photo by Leon James Photography

At the Whatcom Jazz Music Arts Center (WJMAC), students are mentored by professional Northwest jazz musicians and have the opportunity to learn sight reading, soloing and improvising in the "pressure cooker" of the small group.

After several months in the program, these young musicians are playing and working together at a proficiency commonly achieved at only the college level, giving them a huge head start on their professional careers. Much more than just creating entertainers, this type of study fosters in kids a high level of discipline and creative thinking.

Find out more about WJMAC combo classes >


WJMAC provides (through the very hard work of Julian MacDonough), some of the best jazz to be heard in the northwest on a consistent basis.

Audiences have enjoyed the music of Thomas Marriott, Jacob Zimmerman, Champian Fulton, Cory Weeds, The Small's All Stars, Harold Mabern, Milo Petersen, Jennifer Scott, Gretta Matassa, Kelley Johnson, Jimmy Heath, Saul Cline, Josh Cook, Kareem Kandi, George Colligan, Cole Schuster, Greg Feingold, The Arete Quartet, Adam Thomas, Jillian Lebeck, Mark Taylor, Steve Kaldestad, Louis Hayes and the Cannonball Adderley Band, Kevin Woods, Joe Manis, Marcus Printup, The Joey DeFrancesco Trio, Peter and Will Anderson and The Jeff Hamilton Trio - just to name a few.

The Miles Black Trio, the WJMAC house band, is comprised of Miles Black (piano), Michael Glynn (bass) and Julian MacDonough (drums).

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Coming Up...

A Tribute to the Four Brothers

Dec. 7, 2016

This tribute to the great saxophone section of Woody Herman's second Herd - Stan Getz, Zoot Sims, Herbie Steward, and Serge Chaloff features Stuart MacDonald, Mark Taylor, Travis Ranney, and Greg Sinibaldi on saxophones backed by our house rhythm section.

Greg Ruby Quintet

Wednesday, December 14th at 7PM

Seattle-based guitarist and composer Greg Ruby with his quintet: Julian Smedley (violin), Mike VanBebber (trumpet), Jenn Hodge (bass), and Julian MacDonough (drums)