Simply Jazz with Tom Stevens
Written by Ryan Jones on 25th October 2016
Join Tom Stevens every Tuesday from 12pm until 1pm for Siren Simply Jazz only on Siren FM and online.
Relax with your lunchtime jazz as Tom plays the very best of past and present jazz and swing with the melodies from the golden age of the Big Bands and Tom’s special guest was inconversation part 4 with International trumpet Artist Mike Vax who has played lead and solo trumpet with the Stan Kenton Orchestra, the Clark Terry Big Bad Band, and the U.S. Navy Show Band.Mike has also performed and/or recorded with such greats as Art Pepper, Gene Krupa, Cab Calloway, Al Grey, Freddy Hubbard The Glenn Miller, Harry James, and Jimmy Dorsey Orchestras.As a recording musician, he has performed on more than 75 albums, including 20 under his own name. and he curently leads the stan kenton LegacyOrchestra which in 2014 changed from the Stan Kenton Alumni .The Legacy orchestra 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 in keeping with Stans insistence on not just performing nostalgia type music, they also perform fresh new material written in the Kenton style, as well as original material written by members of the Band. They are NOT trying to be the Stan Kenton Orchestra but they are carrying on his tradition of dedication to creative music and to jazz education.In April this year they have been on tour across the u.s and as usual they have recorded every concert on the tour and from the last tour from 2015 they have released a brand new album Storming Through the South it was released in early April on Summit Records.It came out great. Some really interesting compositions and arrangements from members or the orchestra plus some Kenton Favorites . On the show was new releases and features on the show. If you miss the show you can always catch the repeat programme on siren fm website .or listen on mix cloud put in siren simply jazz Or the siren simply jazz show Facebook page . Their was music from the band of the Welsh guards,Matt Monro , Terry Gibbs,Robbie Williams, Micheal Buble, Marcella Puppini, Puppini sisters ,buddy rich and sammy Davis jr. and Frank Sinatra.