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December 3, 2010 at 2:50pm

Jazz to the Vax Saturday night

Mike Vax

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A BIG BAND CHRISTMAS >>>

This Saturday, Wetzel and his Groovin' Higher Jazz Orchestra will push the Santa chair front and center for trumpeter Mike Vax. Vax will join Wetzel's annual "A Big Band Christmas" show, this time bringing holiday cheer to Tacoma Community College's Auditorium beginning at 7:30 p.m. The stage will be decked out with presents, garland, ribbon and a lot of guys in tuxedos.

Vax, an international artist for the Getzen Musical Instrument Company and a Summit Records recording artist, has played lead and solo trumpet with the Stan Kenton Orchestra, the Clark Terry Big Bad Band, and the U.S. Navy Show Band. His "sit-in" list is long and impressive that includes Art Pepper, Gene Krupa, Al Grey, and Freddy Hubbard, John Handy, Don Ellis, Don Jacoby, Louie Bellson, Joe Williams. Currently Vax leads his own groups: The Stan Kenton Alumni Band, The Mike Vax Jazz Orchestra, The Swing Shift Big Band in Prescott, Arizona, TRPTS (Trumpets), The Great American Jazz Band and the Mike Vax Quintet and Sextet.

And he finds time to drop in on Tacoma how?

Anyway, I scored the set list for Saturday night. This year Wetzel and crew will skip the Kenton focus of year's past and pay special tribute to Tom Kubis' arrangements. Check it:

Set One

  • Silent Night
  • Oh Holy Night
  • O Come Little Town
  • Hark The Herald
  • Do You Hear What I Hear
  • Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
  • Sleigh Ride

Set Two

  • I'll Be Home For Christmas
  • Christmas Time Is Here
  • White Christmas
  • Winter Wonderland
  • God Rest Ye Merry Gents
  • Christmas Medley
  • The Christmas Song

Encore:  Auld Lang Syne

A Big Band Christmas


Saturday, Dec. 4, 7:30 p.m., $10 at Brown Paper Tickets
Tacoma Community College Building 3 Auditorium
6501 S. 19th St., Tacoma
800.838.3006

LINK: Wetzel has more holiday cheer to give

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