Jazz in the courtyard

An Evening with the
Stan Kenton Legacy Orchestra

Presented By:

Jazz in the Arts
The Stan Kenton Alumni Band, directed by Mike Vax (read more below)

The Stan Kenton Alumni Band, directed by Mike Vax (read more below)

The Stan Kenton Alumni Band, directed by Mike Vax

Alumni from the 1956 - 1978 Stan Kenton Orchestras come together to perform for festivals, clinics, concerts, cruises and dances. The band makes tours around the United States every year, and does jazz cruises and festivals. They perform some of the well-known music of the Stan Kenton Orchestra; plus, in keeping with Stan's insistence on not just performing nostalgia type music, the band also performs fresh, new material written in the Kenton style. as well as original material written by members of the band. Leader Mike Vax is a product of the City of Oakland, CA, and the Oakland Public Schools, having graduated from Oakland High School in 1960. He Has led a big band off and on since his days at College of the Pacific over 45 years. A few of his credits include being first trumpet, soloist and road manager of the Stan Kenton Orchestra, as well as being co-leader while Mr. Kenton was recovering from surgery; leading the Dukes of Dixieland in New Orleans; producing and/or music directing for over 40 jazz festivals; and performing workshops for more than 2,500 high schools, colleges and universities all over the world. He is an International Artist for the GETZEN COMPANY. Mike now lives in Northern Arizona and still travels on the road over six months a year. The goals of the band are to perform meaningful music, talk about the importance of the jazz heritage in America, bring jazz music to young people, and off our audience a relaxed, entertaining atmosphere.

Friday, April 17, 2015 at 7:00pm 

In the Courtyard at the Historic Calcasieu Marine Bank, 844 Ryan Street in Downtown Lake Charles. Jazz in the Arts is a local non-profit under the umbrella of The Arts and Humanities Council of SW Louisiana. Their mission is to provide life changing educational and performance opportunities for middle and high school jazz students.

"Jazz in the Courtyard" is and open air concert and dinner event featuring the Stan Kenton Legacy Orchestra, along with the Jazz in the Arts Student Combo and the Westlake High School Jazz Band. Tickets are $20 for general admission and $400 for VIP tables of 8. VIP tables receive catfish dinners, complimentary wine and beer, and a private reception with the Stan Kenton Legacy Orchestra. Catfish dinners and cash bar will be available to general admission ticket holders.

Doors open and dinner starts at 6:00 p.m.

Concert begins at 7:00 p.m.

For more information, please contact Jay Ecker at jayecker@hotmail.com or 337-853-8800. 
Tickets are available online: https://jazzinthearts.webconnex.com/jazzinthecourtyard   

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