Building Community02 May 2019

WAYJO tells An American Jazz Story

In 2019 the WA Youth Jazz Orchestra celebrates the timeline and journey of Jazz. First stop, a New Orleans “Dixieland Stomp” featuring Mariel Bildsten.

Mariel Bildsten
Mariel Bildsten brings Dixieland Stomp to town Photo Credit: WAYJO.

In the early 20th century a brand new artform evolved from a melting pot of ragtime, blues and creole culture: jazz, the sound that would shape America. Spreading across the country, and around the world, it has become one of the most influential genres of all time.

The 2019 WA Youth Jazz Orchestra program celebrates America’s original artform in a unique way. Each month the ensemble will transport you to a different city to showcase the music that made it famous.

First up in May is New Orleans. The WA Youth Jazz Orchestra (WAYJO) is excited to welcome guest trombonist Mariel Bildsten to Perth from New York City, who will perform with WAYJO as part of its American Jazz Story series.

Mariel Bildsten is a rising star in New York, playing in many of the city’s big bands, including the Evan Sherman Big Band, and Brass Against the Machine. She was last seen in WA for the 2017 Perth Festival, and she’ll be sharing with the ensemble her experience of playing with jazz greats Wycliffe Gordon and Dee Dee Bridgewater.

Her performance with WAYJO for its New Orleans “Dixieland Stomp” will be a masterclass in southern ‘big band’ style. It will be a night of dancing, stamping your feet and having a good time. That’s what New Orleans jazz is all about.

The 2019 program will then take you from New Orleans on a journey across the states. Each following performance will showcase a different iconic jazz location, from New York and Las Vegas to Chicago and Detroit.

These great cities have contributed a style that has influenced modern jazz  and created some of the greatest musical moments in recent history.

From performances remembering ‘the great’ jazz vocalists, to internationally renowned soloists and instrumentalists, every concert in the season will showcase WAYJO’s energetic take on ‘big band’ sound with freshness and panache.

Mariel Bildsten appears thanks to funding provided by the United States Government, and the Minderoo Foundation.

Ella McNeill
by Ella McNeill
Ella McNeill is the Partnership Manager of Minderoo’s Arts and Culture portfolio, overseeing Minderoo’s investments and relationships with these partners. Ella has extensive experience in the not for profit arts sector in Australia and overseas, working across international arts festivals, film, and arts for social change organisations. Ella holds a BA in Arts Management from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.
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