From Be-Bop to Hip Hop

What does jazz and hip hop have in common? Let the WA Youth Jazz Orchestra and Zero Emcee take you on a journey on how melody, improvisation and self expression cross music genres. Bold Brassy Horns and Phat Grooves will raise the roof and have you tappin' your toes.

From Be-Bop to Hip Hop looks at the musical lineage from Jazz to Hip Hop.

Themes such as self expression (improvisation & free styling), melody, rhythms and grooves, call and response are explored and demonstrated through performance.

The repertoire is drawn from historic jazz repertoire and then leads into original music by Noongar hip hop MC – Zero Emcee. WAYJO’s artistic director, Mace Francis has expanded Zero’s music for the WAYJO 18-piece line up.

form and style

This show is a 60 minute set with 20 musicians on stage. Similarities are showcased and explained through the performance but this is not an educational show, if is meant to be a fun and engaging performance.

community engagement

WAYJO does a lot of community outreach and school incursions. The music directors are all music educators. Zero Emcee is also an educator at Djinda Boodja, and has extensive experience in facilitating song writing workshops.

We would be able to engage in a wide range of music making, composition and performance workshops.

available marketing collateral
  • Video of previous performances
  • Performance Photos
  • Flyers and Posters can be created in house
  • Press releaases from previous shows

WAYJO is celebrating its 40th year in 2023! It is run by a small but dedicated team and has extensive experience in event management and touring experience. Each year WAYJO self produces small regional tours.

The artistic program and the band is led by Mace Francis. Mace has been artistic director of WAYJO since 2008 and is an experience band leader and composer.

Zero Emcee has been on the local and national hip hop scene for several years, releasing albums and EPs while also working at Aboriginal music school Djinda Boodja, and facilitating workshops in regional WA and Northern Territory.


From 2024 - Contact the Producer for specific times


Contemporary Music, Classical and Traditional Music


Audience aged 16 - 45, however the jazz can attract an older audience.


60 Minutes

Bump In

1 Hour

Bump Out

1 Hour


Weekly Fee: $7,000.00
Royalties: 5%

Company Contacts

Contact Name: Mace Francis

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Venue Format

Suits all venue formats

Touring Party



Maximum performances a week: 5

Does this show require a remount? No

First Possible Performance: 1 Hour following Bump-in

Minimum Break Between Shows: 2 Hours

Minimum stage dimensions:  6m W x 4m D

Staging and Set Description: Contact Producer for Tech Specs

Lighting requirements: General Wash

Audio requirements:  3 x Vocal Mics, 7 x Instrument Mics, 3 x Drum Kit Mics, 3 x DIs and 2 x Foldback Sends

Other technical or performance notes: 10 Armless Chairs required