Trumpeter Mike Vax
leads his 17-piece jazz band in concert at Cazadero Music Camp.
The setting was a very chilly October evening in 1976 at
Cazadero’s ampitheatre, located in the beautiful redwoods of
northern California. The concert was recorded live on a Scully
two-track recorder as the band (and recording engineers) wore
overcoats to ward off the chill.
A native of Oakland,
CA, Mike Vax has been a big band leader for nearly four decades.
In his early career, he was first trumpet, soloist, and sometime
co-leader of the Stan Kenton Orchestra, as well as leader of the
Dukes of Dixieland.
Vax currently leads
the Mike Vax Big Band, which is made up of some of the finest
musicians from the Bay Area. They include alumni of many of the
most famous big bands: Stan Kenton, Woody Herman, Buddy Rich,
Duke Ellington, Clark Terry, Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey, Glenn
Miller, Cab Calloway, Ray McKinley, and Tex Beneke.
The music performed on
this album is all original, composed and arranged by
then-current or former members of the band.
Musician on this
recording: Mike Vax (trumpet, leader); Jim Schlicht, Bill Main,
Dave Candia, Mike Atkinson (trumpet, Flugelhorn); Bill Robinson,
Dean Hubbard, Karen Lucas, Jed Rodriguey (trombone); Kim Frizell,
Glen Richardsen, Gerry Gilmore, Brian Garrard, Terry Stanfil
(saxophone, flute); Si Perkoff (piano); Jeremy Choen (bass), Jim