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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 Thorne (drums).

 
 

 

BUFFALO BREATH

BUNCH OF BLUES

CONSOLATION

EL ZAPALOTE

ESCAPADE

PABLO’S DREAM

PTAH

ZEEK’S BLUES

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