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2009.03.09 > For Immediate Release
contact: Tim Kaldahl - University Relations
phone: 402.554.3502 - email: tkaldahl@unomaha.edu

Jazz Artist Vax to Play at UNO March 12

Omaha - Jazz artist Mike Vax will perform with the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Jazz Bands and the Metropolitan Area Youth Jazz Orchestra (MAYJO) at the university’s student center on Thursday, March 12.

Vax has played lead and solo trumpet with the Stan Kenton Orchestra, the Clark Terry Big Bad Band, and the U.S. Navy Show Band. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. Tickets cost $5 for students and $10 for the public and will be available at the door.

“Vax has performed with just a who’s who in the jazz world,” said Pete Madsen, coordinator of UNO Jazz Studies. “He’s played or recorded with Art Pepper, Al Grey, Freddy Hubbard, Gene Krupa, John Handy, Don Ellis, Don Jacoby, Louie Bellson . . . even with the Glenn Miller and Jimmy Dorsey Orchestras.”

Vax has performed on more than 75 albums, including 20 under his own name. He now leads his own groups: The Mike Vax Jazz Orchestra, The Mike Vax Big Band (featuring alumni of the Stan Kenton Orchestra), TRPTS (Trumpets), The Great American Jazz Band, and the Mike Vax Quintette and Sextette. He also serves as an International Artist for the Getzen Company, which makes brass instruments. For more information, call 554-2297 or e-mail petermadsen@unomaha.edu .

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UNO is celebrating its 100th anniversary. The celebration recognizes the partnership among the City of Omaha, its citizens and UNO to build a vibrant and dynamic community. The centennial theme is “UNO: Central To Our City Since 1908.” This theme acknowledges the past contributions of UNO to the community and sets the stage for great things to come.

UNO, inaugurated in 1968, emerged from the Municipal University of Omaha, established in 1931, which grew out of the University of Omaha founded in 1908. For Centennial information, go to http://www.unomaha.edu/100/.

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