The PJS presents a diverse program of original jazz music. Our performances are mostly in concert format and we aim to promote a listening culture at all of our gigs. The venues that we present performances in are all licensed (unless specified) and conditions of entries for under 18′s are dependent on the venue.
The Perth Jazz Society was founded in 1973 with an aim to support musicians, enhance the artform and present performances. In September 2008 the Perth Jazz Society celebrated its 35th Anniversary, making it the oldest modern jazz society in Australia.
Over the years the PJS has presented artists and groups such as the David Liebman Quartet (US), the Ronnie Scott Quintet (UK) and American swing-era pianist Teddy Wilson. Other celebrated musicians presented include master Milt ‘Bags’ Jackson, Ritchie Cole, Herb Ellis, Barney Kessel, Blossom Dearie, Georgie Fame, Ray Brown, Jamaican pianist Monty Alexander and many others.
Internationally-celebrated American jazz guitarist Mike Stern proclaimed the Perth Jazz Society to be one of his two favourite jazz rooms in the world. The late Art Pepper, who performed with his quartet at the PJS in 1981, commented:
“Each performance in Australia has been so well received. I can’t really say how much we’ve enjoyed coming here, but our most enthusiastic crowd was here [at the PJS]”.
Many national musicians have been welcomed at the PJS over the years, recent visitors including the Mike Nock BigSmallBand, the Alister Spence Trio, the Sandy Evans Trio, the Peter Knight Quartet, James Sandon, The Necks, Jamie Oehlers and the Michelle Nicolle Quartet.
As well as presenting established musicians, the PJS has a long history of supporting young and upcoming musicians, many of whom have studied at the WA Academy of Performing Arts. Over the years, a symbiosis has evolved, enabling the PJS to introduce to Perth audiences the new talent emerging from WAAPA, while at the same time serving as a springboard for these young artists.