Music faculty prepping for Stan Kenton Legacy Orchestra

2013 Tour Band photoThe Music Department at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff has been busy preparing for their upcoming concert during Founder’s Celebration featuring the legendary Stan Kenton Legacy Orchestra. Set to begin at 7:00 p.m Wednesday, April 22, the UAPB Jazz Ensemble will open for the group in the J.M. Ross auditorium of the Hathaway-Howard Fine Arts building. Sponsored in part by the Chancellor’s Benefit for the Arts, admission to the concert is $15 for general public and $5 for children and students with a valid ID.

A master class clinic will be held prior to the concert at 4:30 pm in the band room with the musicians of the Stan Kenton Jazz Orchestra. The clinic is free and open to the public.

“We are excited to have the internationally acclaimed Stan Kenton Legacy Jazz Band to host a Jazz clinic and perform for our students,” said John Graham, director of bands at UAPB. “The performance will draw fans from the surrounding universities and communities. They are indeed legendary – this is an historic event to have them on our campus.”

 Alumni from the 1956 – 1978 Stan Kenton Orchestras come together to perform for festivals, clinics, concerts, cruises and dances, and makes tours around the United States every year. 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, they also perform fresh new material written in the Kenton style, as well as original material written by members of the Band. 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. 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.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call (870) 575-8919.

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