Whatcom Sound Jazz
***We are on Hiatus***
We are taking a break this season as we determine a new direction for WSJ since the resignation of our Artistic Director.
A huge thanks to Michael-Paul for his years of excellent direction, and best wishes for his new endeavors!
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to receive updates about the organization via our email list.
Welcome to the Whatcom county's official website for vocal jazz.
Beginning in 2008, Whatcom Sound Jazz (WSJ) has been dedicated to giving people of Whatcom County and beyond the opportunity to make singing an important part of their lives. Through the years, WSJ has become a leader in adult jazz education, based in Bellingham, WA. The group now consists of two singing groups, the Vocal Jazz Ensemble and the new Mixed Jazz Choir.
Meet our director, Michael-Paul Gurulé
The Vocal Jazz Ensemble sings one on a mic, following the traditions of the Swingle Singers, Manhattan Transfer, New York Voices, the Real Group, and more. The ensemble works to enrich the community with jazz standards, Latin arrangements, and other amazing jazz sub-genres. Eight treble singers and a rhythm section deliver a mix of big band sounds and tight vocal harmonies.
The mixed Jazz Choir is WSJ's newest development. The Jazz Choir offers singers the opportunity to learn jazz singing in a safe and nurturing environment, mixed with fun and high energy. If you've never sung jazz before, this is your opportunity! This group is for anyone who can sing, with room for all music learning types. Interested in joining the mixed Jazz Choir? click here.
Artistic Director of WJS since 2017, Michael-Paul Gurulé has been involved in music ever since he can remember. As a jazz musician, Michael loves music that engages people and brings fun, passion, and enthusiasm to the audience. He believes that the joy of jazz can bring light to the dark places in our lives.
In addition to directing, Michael is also an established saxophonist, jazz arranger/composer, and vocalist. As a music educator, he especially loves teaching improvisational technique, authentic stylistic application, and expression. As a mentor, Michael loves to encourage others to explore the possibilities beyond one’s own personal expectation.