The Mace Francis Orchestra (MFO) was formed late in 2005 by band-leader and composer Mace Francis to experiment with composition, in the style of the great modern big bands lead by Bob Brookmeyer, Thad Jones, Bill Holman and Maria Schneider. The result has been the coming together of 14 of Perth’s finest musician’s and composers to create exciting new music for big band.

Over the last 11 years MFO has recorded 6 CDs, toured nationally four times and performed with international jazz artists, Jim Pugh (USA), Jon Gordon (NY), John Hollenbeck (Berlin), Theo Bleckmann (NY), Ed Partyka (GER) and Satoko Fujii (JAP). In 2015 MFO was awarded the APRA/AMCOS Art Music Award for Jazz Work of the Year for their recent album, Music for Average Photography. With swirling saxophones, big brass and a driving rhythm section their performances are filled with energy, humour, raw energy and sophistication. A little big band that punches above its weight.

Saxophones: Ben Collins, Dan Hart, Brett Smith, Mark Sprogowski

Trumpet: Ricki Malet, Matthew McGlynn, Matt Smith

Trombone: Blake Phillips, Catherine Noblet, Rob Coleman

Guitar: Harry Winton

Bass: Wayne Slater

Drums: Greg Brenton

Conductor: Mace Francis

“These layered compositions and scoring convey colour, atmosphere and movement far more effectively and with greater interest than the stock standard arrangements often heard from big bands. Francis, understandably, has attracted international interest with his outstanding orchestra and compelling compositions.”

John McBeath – The Weekend Australian Newspaper


“An original blend of cinematic, groove, r’n’b, jazz, ambient and fusion sounds.”

In preparations for the recording of their debut album, LiveWyre takes to the Perth Jazz Society Stage, offering a teaser of what’s to come. If you’d like to support the development of the album or learn more about it, you can do so here:

LiveWyre is an original project that was started in 2014 by pianist and composer Ben Matthews. The goal of this project is to break away from the straight-ahead jazz flavours of his previous endeavours by incorporating elements from the r’n’b, funk, ambient, fusion, groove and cinematic music genres. Much of the music draws influence from musicians who blend genres in their own writing style; the compositional sounds of jazz masters like Pat Metheny, Hiromi Uehara, Robert Glasper (etc) are alluded to throughout the music of the LiveWyre project.

Tonight’s music will be presented by the powerhouse talents of Bronton Ainsworth (drums), Joe Southwell (electric bass), Ben Matthews (piano), Sean Little (saxophone), with feature artist Holli Scott.

Student Membership Special – Expires 10pm 21 June 2016!

End of Exams Student Special

Free 12 Month Student Memberships – Valid for 14 and 21 June Only!

Hey there uni students! We have an end-of-exams special for you, valid for 14 and 21 June only. We’re giving away free 12-month student memberships to any student non-member that pays for entry to PJS Jazz Tuesdays on 14 and 21 June at Four5Nine Bar!

All you need to do is rock up, pay the door charge and give us the secret password – ‘Mixolydian’. That bit’s really important. No password = no free membership.

THIS SPECIAL IS FOR 14 and 21 JUNE ONLY – the offer expires at 10pm 21 June 2016.

Want to know who’s playing on those dates? Click here for more info.

See you at Four5Nine!

Winter Membership Special – Expires 10pm 7 June 2016!

Free Membership

Free 12 Month Membership – Tonight Only!

Hey there PJS non-members! We have a once-off special for you, tonight only. We’re giving away free 12-month memberships to any non-member that pays for entry to tonight’s PJS Jazz Tuesdays gig at Four5Nine Bar!

All you need to do is rock up, pay the door charge and give us the secret password – ‘Stormy Weather’. That bit’s really important. No password = no free membership.

THIS SPECIAL IS FOR TONIGHT ONLY – the offer expires at 10pm 7 June 2016.

Want to know who’s playing tonight? Click here for more info.



Will Vinson comes to Perth

Will Vinson - Perth Jazz Society


The PJS is delighted to announce that international saxophonist/composer Will Vinson (NYC) is performing for us next week!

The concert is by invite only for PJS members and friends of Villanova Music and is Vinson’s only Perth show. We only have a few tickets left so be quick if you don’t want to miss out.


PJS and Villanova Music presents:
Will Vinson with the Villanova house band

Line up
Will Vinson – alto saxophone
Tom O’Halloran – piano
Sam Anning – bass
Ben Vanderwal – drums

Friday 26 February
Doors – 6:30pm
Villanova Music – 9/28 Frobisher St, Osborne Park

Tickets – $30 for PJS members:

Get a ticket to Will Vinson + PJS membership  (12 months) for
only $40


The first time I heard Will Vinson, I was totally blown away — so much so that I started trying to play alto again. An ill-fated attempt. But I’m still listening to Will every chance I get. And each time, I’m even more inspired, humbled, and, quite frankly, terrified.” – Joshua Redman

Alan Corbet Scholarship: Supporting the Future of Perth Jazz

James van de Ven - Alan Corbet Scholarship 2014 Winner

James van de Ven – Alan Corbet Scholarship 2014 Winner

It is nearly time to decide on this year’s winner of the Alan Corbet Scholarship (ACS). The Perth Jazz Society (PJS), in partnership with The Ellington, the WA Youth Jazz Orchestra and JazzWA are running the ACS for its third year. Established in memory of Alan Corbet, the ACS seeks to support the development of an emerging West Australian jazz artist through the awarding of a $1000 scholarship, to contribute to the artistic development of the chosen applicant.

Alan Corbet (1964-2008) was well known and loved in the Perth jazz community. He brought a sense of purpose and vision and was a driving force of the WA jazz scene. The ACS continues in the same spirit, supporting young emerging jazz artists and helping to ensure a healthy future for West Australian jazz.

Last year’s scholarship winner was James van de Ven, a young an upcoming trombonist from Perth. With the scholarship money, James was able to fund his trip to the Dave Brubeck Summer Jazz Colony in Lake Tahoe, Nevada.

The Alan Corbet Scholarship was really beneficial to my studies. I was lucky enough to travel to the U.S.A. last year and attend workshops at the Dave Brubeck Summer Jazz Colony. When facing the hefty cost of the program and international travel, the scholarship help me attend and learn from the program. I am very grateful for the assistance of the PJS and the Scholarship in assisting my travel and education.” – James van de Ven

If you haven’t had the pleasure of hearing him perform, you can see James at our Laneway session on the 25th of October. He will be tributing the great Melba Liston, the defining female trombonist of the big band era.

For details on how to apply for the Alan Corbet Scholarship, go to this link. Applications are due on the 31st of October.