Mike Vax in Concert playes Key2 in the East Texas Jazz Orchestra
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The Finest Big Band Blues and Jazz Trumpet Player of Our Time

Mr. Mike Vax

 

Moore’s Store Restaurant in Ben Wheeler, Texas

February 25, 2012 at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Mike Vax East Texas Jazz Orchestra Tyler, TexasMike Vax is an International Artist for the Getzen Musical Instrument Company and performs exclusively on Getzen trumpets, cornets and flugelhorns. He has played lead and solo trumpet with the Stan Kenton Orchestra, the Clark Terry Big Bad Band, and the U.S. Navy Show Band.

Mike has also performed and/or recorded with such greats as Art Pepper, Gene Krupa, Cab Calloway, Al Grey, Freddy Hubbard, John Handy, Don Ellis, Don Jacoby, Louie Bellson, Joe Williams, Anita O'Day, June Christy, Barbara McNair, the Four Freshmen, The Glenn Miller, Harry James, and Jimmy Dorsey Orchestras, The Navy Commodores, The Army Blues, The Army Jazz Ambassadors, The Air Force Falconaires, the Beverly Hills Unlisted Jazz Band, and the Dukes of Dixieland in New Orleans. He has appeared as guest lead trumpet and soloist with symphony pops orchestras around the United States, and in Europe, as well as the All-American Collegiate Orchestra at Disneyworld. He has toured extensively in Europe, Scandinavia, South America and Japan.

As a recording musician, he has performed on more than 75 albums, including 20 under his own name. He is the founder and Chairman of the Board of Firends of Big Band Jazz, which is a 501c3 nonprofit corporation. This foundation has given over $60,000 in scholarships to jazz camps, funds to jazz programs in schools, donations to help musicians in need, and also made a donation to Habitat for Humanity for the Musicians Village in New Orleans.

Currently Mike is leading his own groups: Stan Kenton Alumni Band directed by Mike Vax, The Mike Vax Big Band , The Swing Shift Big Band in Prescott, Arizona, The Great American Jazz Band, and the Mike Vax Quartet, Quintet and Sextet.

Mike has performed workshops and concerts in over 2500 high schools, colleges and universities all around the world, over the past 40 years. He is very active as a clinician and soloist in both the classical and jazz idioms.

Musicians For This Performance

Linda Heatley Vocalist

Saxophones: Howard Galletly, Ray Chambers, Mike Kellogg, Kristie Chambers , Chance James
Trumpets: Terry Dorsey , J T Pundt, Bud Yenne , Todd Felty
Trombones: Wayne Dyess, Keith McElvain , Josh King , Ben Bynum
Steve Smitha, Piano
Ray Vardaman, Bass
JoeTeague, Guitar
Mac Miller, Drums
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MEDIA AND EDUCATOR QUOTES ON MIKE VAX

“ Mike Vax’s future is assured because of his driving desire to express himself and to lead.” Stan Kenton

“ As a clinician, I would have to rank Mike Vax in my top 5, and that is after having over 50 artist clinicians during my tenure at Northern Illinois University. Every time Mike has worked with a band of mine, they are not only better musicians, but finer human beings too.” Ron Model, 25 years as NIU Jazz Director

MONTEREY JAZZ FESTIVAL-REVIEW OF THE NEW OAKLAND JAZZ ORCHESTRA:” An especially exciting new band that is fast becoming one of the best in the nation. Leader Mike Vax’s solo on ‘Vax Attacks,’ a number written for him by Lennie Niehaus, was one of those magic moments when the atmosphere crackled and everyone looked at each other as if to say ‘Where’d this guy come from? Is he for real?’ Even just one or two choruses like that for your hundred and fifty dollar ticket, you figure you got your money’s worth.” Robert Tate and Nina Hodgson

Jazz Now Magazine “Best trumpet: Mike Vax, an alumnus of the Kenton Band, who plays every style with a bright cutting edge, throwing in bop riffs here and there.” (From the Sacramento Jazz Jubilee) Herb Caen, San Francisco Chronicle

“ A true professional hornman, he knows his instrument inside and out, but never lets technical considerations overrule musical ones.” Rhodes Spedale, New Orleans Magazine

“Mike Vax is without question the finest clinician that we have ever had and we hope to work with him again.” Frank DeMiero, Dept. of Music Education; Program Manager; Edmonds, WA School District

“ Not only was Mike Vax’s playing superb, but his comments as clinician were right on target and greatly aided our young jazz musicians.” Alex B. Campbell, Coordinator for Music Ed. Jefferson Co. Public Schools, Denver, CO

“ Mike Vax’s reputation preceded him, and his clinic and performance matched everything expected.” Lt. R. Van Hoose, Commanding Officer Armed Forces School of Music

“ Mike Vax made at least one young man in the audience melt into his seat in a lump of disbelief.” Daytona Beach Morning Journal Daytona Beach, FL

“ Lead trumpeter Vax can handle anything the varied and challenging Kenton repertoire demands.” Downbeat Magazine

“ Mike Vax plays trumpet the way you have to play in order to hold down the lead chair with Stan Kenton.” Jon Hendricks, San Francisco Chronicle

“…… a tremendous player!” Crescendo Magazine, London, England

MIKE VAX IS A GETZEN INTERNATIONAL PERFORMING ARTIST

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