This Season's Events
WSJ performances have been impacted by Covid-19. On Saturday January 25, 2020, we performed A Capella at several retirement homes in Bellingham. This was our last live peformance day before we responded to keep everyone safe from the pandemic. In lieu of performances, we are currently working on a recording project.
Saturday, March 7, 2020
De Meiro Festival
WSJ was ready to give our best performance yet, but the event was cancelled due to Covid-19.
Saturday, April 25, 2020
Lummi Island, WA
The concert is CANCELLED due to Covid-19. We hope to re-schedule for a future perfomance at this special locale.
Sunday, May 17, 2020
Marvelous Music in May!
Daytime family-friendly concert
Lynden WA. This performance may be cancelled due Covid-19 restrictions. We are waiting for further public health information on whether it is safe to go ahead. A live-stream option is under consideration! Stay tuned.
Vocal Jazz Improvisation Workshops
Temporarily suspended due to Covid-19.
We look forward to resuming this weekly workshop, which is open to the public, as soon as it is safe to do so.
Led by Artistic Director Michael-Paul Gurulé.
Ever wonder how jazz singers make all those wonderful sounds out of nonsense syllables? It is an art, and you can do it too! This beginners workshop will give you basic tools for vocal improvisation (aka scatting!), in a safe and supportive environment. Listening to recordings of selected masters (eg Ella Fitzgerald) for inspiration, we focus on a simple concept each week. Past session topics have included: notes, syllables, rhythms, phrasing, ornamentation, dynamics.
Any level of experience welcome. Come to all sessions, or drop in to ANY session.
Open to all singers, of any gender.
Suggested donation $10-$20 per session
Pre-registration is appreciated, but not required.
Wine, Women & Song
with special guests Lulu Swing
On Nov 13, 2019 Whatcom Sound Jazz Singers presented "Wine, Women & Song" at Lairmont Manor, a well-loved annual event for more than a decade. Together with Lulu Swing, a Seattle based all-female Gypsy jazz band, we celebrated women taking the stage in jazz. Lulu Swing featured cabaret performer and jazz soloist Delilah Beaucoup, who took on the character of an elegant, sassy and affable French chanteuse Diva. Following an intermission where guests enjoyed wine as well as foods donated by local businesses, WSJS gave their best performance yet, culminating with "La Vie en Rose" featuring Lulu Swing, our own Karen Goens, and an audience sing-along!
The Marvelous Music of May!
Our final event of the 2018/2019 season was a full length daytime Spring Concert at the lovely Bellewood Acres on Sunday, May 19. This was a family-friendly concert. Out on Bellewood's open air stage, with Mt. Baker as our backdrop, we performed a lively set including new repertoire and WSJS favorites along with a few surprises. Local young jazz musician Sage Romey dazzled our audience with her incredible voice and improvisation skills. Our talented trio (Conner Helms on keyboard, Melanie Sehman on Drums and Sarah Yates on bass) backed us up brilliantly, and our artistic director played saxophone!
F.A.M.E. (Female Artists Music Extravaganza!)
On Saturday March 2, 2019, Whatcom Sound Jazz performed with special guest, Seattle jazz vocalist Gail Pettis. The choristers also had the valuable opportunity to learn from this seasoned jazz artist in a pre-concert workshop. WSJS performed our exciting new repertoire with Gail joining forces on two numbers for a powerful explosion of song! Gail ignited the evening with her solo repertoire backed up by members of Bellingham's own Gypsy Jazz Quintet, Nuages. A native of Kentucky and currently based in Seattle, Gail delighted our audience with her rich, warm vocals and understated phrasing.
Wine, Women, and Song
On Wednesday, November 14, 2018, at the stunning Lairmont Manor, Whatcom Sound Jazz performed a tribute to the late, great Aretha Franklin, featuring three songs made popular by Aretha. Our special guest Marina Albero, gave a mesmerizing solo performance on the piano and hammer dulcimer. She also added an exciting and dramatic flair to some of the choir's pieces by playing and soloing with us. Currently based in Seattle, Marina Albero studied in Barcelona and Havana, and she plays in many styles including latin, flamenco, early music and andalusie. Marina loves composing and improvising with a wide personal language carved by her colorful background. We were honored to perform with Marina.