[Dixielandjazz] Mike Vax Presents Fred Radke

Steve barbone barbonestreet at earthlink.net
Wed Mar 23 18:39:10 PST 2005

All you Bay Area residents, and nearby folks min Sacto, Santa Rosa, Modesto,
Stockton and Manteca. This concert is a must see. Here is more complete
information with Mike and Fred Bios.

Break a leg, Mike.

Steve Barbone

PS. I'm a former Bay area resident of Sausalito and later "Montclair" in the
Oakland Hills (Snake Road) during the "Free Speech" and "Free Love" circa
1964 to 1969. Ah, those Mario Savio memories and his famous sign. "F***"
Sort of counter balanced the "killer piano" mentality across the bay.

The Mike Vax Jazz Orchestra with guest artist Fred Radke, leader of the
Harry James Orchestra. ³A Tribute to the Great Trumpet Players.²

Where:  Julia Morgan Theater, 2640 College Avenue, Berkeley, CA
Date:   Sunday, April 17, 2005  - 2:00 PM, Box Office from 1:00 PM

Cost:   $18.00 adults; $10.00 students ­ Tickets on line or at the door.

http://www.bigbandjazz.net   510-420-4560; 925-427-6666

Mike Vax and Fred Radke are both products of the Oakland Public Schools.  In
fact, they graduated on the same day from Oakland High School in 1960.  They
have been close friends for almost 50 years and have performed together on
the road many times.  This concert will be their ³reunion² Bay Area
performance.  Not only will they perform music associated with many of the
great big band trumpet leaders, but Fred will do a special tribute to Harry

Fred Radke has literally performed all over the world and has performed for
quite a few American Presidents  Besides playing lead trumpet for Harry
James, Fred has worked with such greats as Marlene Dietrich, Johnny Mathis,
Jack Jones, Pat Boone, Anita O¹Day, Ella Fitzgerald and Mel Torme.  He was
musical director for The Lancers in their heyday.  He resides in Seattle,
Washington, where the mayor of that city proclaimed a special Fred Radke
Day, for his many contributions to the musical heritage of the Northwest.
He currently leads the Harry James Orchestra on tour internationally.

Mike Vax has performed with the Stan Kenton Orchestra, the Glenn Miller
Orchestra, the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, the Clark Terry Big Bad Band, the
Dukes of Dixieland in New Orleans, and the US Navy Show Band.  He has also
toured all over the world and worked with June Christy, Joe Williams, The
Four Freshmen, Art Pepper, Al Hirt, Louis Bellson,      and Gene Krupa, to
name just a few.  He is an international artist for the Yamaha Corporation
and has done workshops in 2000 high schools, colleges and universities over
the past 35 years. 

The Mike Vax jazz orchestra has been on the jazz scene in the Bay Area for
over 30 years.  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.
The band is sponsored by Friends of Big Band Jazz, a nonprofit corporation
that has given $15,000.00 in scholarships to young people to attend summer
jazz camps and helped raise funds for many good causes around the Bay Area.
As usual, proceeds from our concert will go to the Al ³Jazzbeaux² Collins
memorial scholarship fund.

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