From Over 100 Years of American Culture
Mike Vax and his Great American Jazz Band bring dynamic excitement to audiences wherever they appear. Their music knows no boundries of time or style. The group attains a swinging jazz feel, while playing tunes from the late 1800s through today.
Members of the band have performed with some of the greatest names in jazz, including: Al Hirt, Bob Haggard, Henry Questa, Pete Fountain, Maxine Sullivan, Bob Crosby, Don Goldie, and the big bands of Glenn Miller, Stan Kenton, Jimmy Dorsey, Cab Calloway, Clark Terry and Ray McKinley.
The GREAT AMERICAN JAZZ BAND has been performing together for 20 years. The group has performed for jazz festivals, conventions, hotels, resorts, fairs, high school and college concerts, and jazz societies all over the western states.
Leader Mike Vax is very active in the music education field. He has done concerts and workshops in both the classical and jazz idioms at over 1000 high schools, colleges and universities all over the world. He is a national performing artist for the Getzen Company.
Recent festival appearances include: Sun Valley, Mammoth, Medford, Sacramento, Monterey, Modesto, Stockton, Tri-cities (Washington), and Lake Havasu, as well as The Nugget Festival in Sparks, NV and The San Francisco Rotary Festival in previous years.