The Best of WAYJO 2017

by WA Youth Jazz Orchestra

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Beulah Witch 04:26
Census Night 04:34
My Country 06:59
Solos: James van de Ven: Trombone Priscilla Gardner: Vocals


This year we have made it a priority to record and document the year through studio and live recordings. This special edition CD you hold in your hand is a taste of just some of the many projects WAYJO has accomplished this year. Every year holds a new story with different band members and performance programs and we feel it is important to capture these moments in time with these talented young musicians.

There are selections from the commissioned Composer in Residence program performed by the Wednesday Night Orchestra, from the collaborative SHOWAYJO orchestra made up of musicians from WAYJO and the Showa University of Music in Japan, including the composition titled Chinese Whispers, which was composed by all 12 of the musicians in the exchange program. There are two pieces from the Tuesday Night Orchestra's 2017 repertoire and a special live track from our Astor Theatre Gala event: Ella, Dizzy & Buddy.

I hope this CD brings you just as much happiness as it was for us bringing you the 2017 WAYJO program. We are very proud and excited the 2018 program which we hope to see you at, and bring you the very best of, next year!

Dr Mace Francis
Artistic Director


released November 1, 2017

Basically Blues, recorded live at The Astor Theatre May 13, 2017 by Kris Vanderplas.
A Night in Tunisia, Census Night & My Country, recorded May 31, 2017 at RADA Perth by Kieran Kenderessy.
Chinese Whispers 2017, recorded October 1, 2017 at C401 Recording Studio, Showa University of Music, Japan by Masayuki Minato.
Beulah Witch & Bye Bye Blaackbird, recorded October 24, 2017 at RADA Perth by Kieran Kenderessy.
All tracks mixed and mastered by Kieran Kenderessy.
Cover Photography by Jess Herbert, Cover Design by Justine Thornley.

SHOWAYJO in Perth | Saxes: Alana Macpherson, Mayu Ito, Tim Newhouse, Harry Brooker, Meg Davidson. Trumpets: Matt Smith, Asumi Kinjo, Blake Armstrong, Chris Musitano. Trombones: Sam Hadlow, James van de Ven, Tomomi Hosoya, Alistair Barrow. Guitar: Ryoma Ito. Piano: Ayaka Toyohide. Bass: Kane Shaw. Drums: Jumpei Yashiro. Vocals: Annie Mitchell. Musical Director: Mace Francis & Masa Ikeda.

SHOWAYJO in Japan | Saxes: Alana Macpherson, Mayu Ito, Tim Newhouse, Ryouma Mano, Soko Nakagawa. Trumpets: Matt Smith, Masahito Kanatsu, Asumi Kinjo, Yumi Gokan. Trombones: Sam Hadlow, Tomomi Hosoya, Ryoka Kawachi, Mariko Mihara. Guitar: Ryoma Ito. Piano: Ayaka Toyohide. Bass: Kane Shaw. Drums: Jumpei Yashiro. Vocals: Annie Mitchell. Musical Director: Mace Francis & Masa Ikeda.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT ORCHESTRA | Saxes: Alana Macpherson, Tessa Campbell, Reece Clark,
Jemima Mills. Trumpets: Matt Smith, Harry Josland, Ben Lim, Chris Musitano.
Trombones: Blake Phillips, James van de Ven, Sam Hadlow, Alistair Barrow. Guitar: Joshua Nicholls. Piano: Tim Voutas. Bass: Kane Shaw. Drums: Jasper Miller. Vocals: Priscilla Gardner.
Musical Director: Mace Francis.

TUESDAY NIGHT ORCHESTRA | Saxes: Sam Holden, Joe Banks, Harry Brooker, Max Wickham,
Meg Davidson. Trumpets: Blake Robertson-Hall, James Chapman, Sam Fitzgerald, Zoe McGivern. Trombones: Alex Parkinson, James van de Ven, Jacob Augustson, Tom Salleo. Guitar: Sean Butler. Piano: James O’Brien. Bass: Joshua Cusack. Drums: William Chiew. Vocals: Annie Mitchell. Musical Director: Marty Pervan.


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WAYJO is Australia’s leading youth jazz orchestra and one of the country’s cultural gems. It provides a unique experience for jazz musicians aged 14 to 25 who are the absolute cream of young jazz players from Western Australia and beyond.

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