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44th Annual PSU Jazz Festival

Presented By: Bicknell Family Center for the Performing Arts
Dates: March 2, 2018
Location: Bicknell Family Center for the Performing Arts
Address: 1711 South Homer, Pittsburg, KS 66762
Phone: (620) 231-7000
Time: 7:30 PM
Price: Tickets: $10-$15
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When: Fri, March 2, 2018 (all day event) Location: Bicknell Family Center for the Arts, 1711 S. Homer, Pittsburg KS 66762 & Memorial Auditorium, 503 N. Pine, Pittsburg, KS 66762 The 2018 guest will be Stan Kenton Alumni Band directed by Mike Vax The evening concert at 7:30 PM will be at Memorial Auditorium History about the Mike Vax Big Band 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. We 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, we also perform fresh new material written in the Kenton style, as well as original material written by members of the Band. We are NOT trying to be the “Stan Kenton Orchestra,” but we are carrying on his tradition of dedication to creative music and to jazz education. To view some photos of the Stan Kenton Alumni Band Click Here . 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 ago. 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 30 jazz festivals; and performing workshops for more than 2000 high schools, colleges and universities all over the world. He is an International Artist for the GETZEN COMPANY. The goals of the big band are to perform meaningful music, talk about the importance of the jazz heritage in America, bring jazz music to young people, and to offer our audiences a relaxed, entertaining atmosphere.

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