Jazz posters are somethin’ else

A COLLECTION of vintage posters from the New Orleans Jazz Festival is amongst the donations to the WA Youth Jazz Orchestra since its move into the historic Maylands Town Hall.

WAYJO moved in at the end of last month and has been inundated with gifts including a drum kit, a fridge and a mass of posters, depicting famous jazz musicians from 1975-1996.

The festival posters were donated by the mysterious “Edward”, who didn’t want to be interviewed, and will be framed and hung around the hall.

WAYJO coordinator Adam Livingston say the organisation’s “moving-in” budget was quickly swallowed by the charming but rustic building.

“We had to network the whole office and then fit out the hall with soundproof materials: plus there were lots of other unexpected jobs,” he says.

“The building is fantastic and it’s great to have a permanent home but it needs a bit of TLC.

“So we really appreciate people donating items that can be used in the office, kitchen and rehearsal space—keep them coming!”

• WA Youth Jazz Orchestra is loving its new digs, especially with generous donations like these vintage posters. Pictured are marketing manager Adam Livingstone - saxophonist and composer Tim Newhouse and business development and marketing manager Nicole Rendulic. Photo by Matthew Dwyer.

• WA Youth Jazz Orchestra is loving its new digs, especially with generous donations like these vintage posters. Pictured are marketing manager Adam Livingstone – saxophonist and composer Tim Newhouse and business development and marketing manager Nicole Rendulic. Photo by Matthew Dwyer.

Prior to the move, WAYJO shared a temporary rehearsal space at Scotch College in Swanbourne.

It now has three full-time and two part-time staff at the town hall, which includes rehearsal and office space and a kitchen.

WAYJO saxophonist Tim Newhouse says the new home has energised the orchestra.

“It’s much closer to WAAPA in Mt Lawley and cuts down on travel time for a lots of us,” says the 20-year-old.

“Having a permanent space means we can leave bigger instruments like drums and keyboards there, which cuts down on setup time.

“A lot of WAAPA students are from interstate and don’t have a car, so it can be hard for them to transport double basses and drums around.”

Bayswater city council approved a five-year lease for the young jazzers, at $6000 per annum, in September.

Staff estimated bringing the hall up to the standard of a bona fide public arena would cost ratepayers around $2.5 million.

“In principal, I’m in support of making the hall a performance venue,” says mayor Sylvan Albert. “It’s a good fit with the the Maylands ballet already there and the planned music venue Lyric Lane nearby.”

WAYJO is hoping to raise $5000 to get the town hall rehearsal-ready.

To donate visit http://www.pozible.com/project/197072

by STEPHEN POLLOCK

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