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Mike Vax Big Band: Sounds From The Road

Read "Sounds From The Road" reviewed by Marcia Hillman

Featuring no less than a dozen alumni from the Stan Kenton Orchestra, Mike Vax's Big Band displays the drive and spirit of the musical organization that crisscrossed the country from the 1940s. All of the essentials of the Kenton sound are here. A tight and smooth sax section is heard on the opening ...

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Mike Vax Big Band: Live... On The Road

Read "Live... On The Road" reviewed by Jim Santella

Featuring alumni of the Stan Kenton Orchestra and original music in the Kenton style, Mike Vax’s big band recorded Live... On The Road while on tour through Pennsylvania two years ago. A significant number of exciting soloists and fresh musical arrangements make the show quite successful. What defines the Kenton sound? ...

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Mike Vax Big Band: I Remember You

Read "I Remember You" reviewed by William Grim

Subtitled "A Musical Tribute to Stan Kenton, Johnny Richards and Dick Shearer," this album features alumni of the Stan Kenton Orchestra from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s in some of the finest big band performances recorded anywhere. Although Kenton's will forbade "ghost bands" (like those that endlessly repeat the music of Glenn Miller), trumpeter Mike Vax ...

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Mike Vax Big Band: I Remember You

Read "I Remember You" reviewed by Jack Bowers

This affectionate tribute to Stan Kenton (and to composer/arranger Johnny Richards and trombonist Dick Shearer) by trumpeter Mike Vax and the “Kenton Alumni Band" was recorded onstage at the 25th anniversary Morningside (Iowa) College Jazz Festival in February 1997. It has the reverberant ambiance of a concert date too, which is especially noticeable in the sound ...


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