Friday, April 17, 2015
                     ​                7:00pm 
​                Courtyard at the Historic Calcasieu Marine Bank
                                        844 Ryan Street
                                  Downtown Lake Charles

Jazz in the Arts presents
.Jazz in the Courtyard” is an 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 dinner, 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 6:00pm, Concert begins at 7:00pm.

​​ Tickets are available online:

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 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 40 jazz festivals; and performing workshops for more than 2500 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 to offer our audiences a relaxed, entertaining atmosphere.

FRIENDS OF BIG BAND JAZZ is the support group for The Stan Kenton Legacy Orchestra. This nonprofit corporation sends students to summer jazz camps on scholarships, donates funds to high school music programs and youth orchestras, and raises money for many good causes that have to do with music and education. They also sponsor the Prescott Jazz Summit, which brings students and professional musicians together for performances and workshops.