MIKE VAX & TRPTS
Mike Vax is an International Artist for the Getzen Musical Instrument Company. He is also a Summit Records recording artist. Mr. Vax performs exclusively on Getzen trumpets, cornets and flugelhorns. He has played lead and solo trumpet with the Stan Kenton Orchestra, the Clark Terry Big Bad Band, and the U.S. Navy Show Band. He has also performed and/or recorded with such greats as Art Pepper, Gene Krupa, Cab Calloway, Al Grey, Freddy Hubbard, Don Ellis, Don Jacoby, Louie Bellson, Joe Williams, Anita O’Day, June Christy, The Four Freshmen, The Glenn Miller, Harry James, and Jimmy Dorsey Orchestras, the Beverly Hills Unlisted Jazz Band, and the Dukes of Dixieland in New Orleans.
As a recording musician, he has performed on more than 75 albums, including 20 under his own name. Mike has done workshops and concerts in over 2500 middle schools, high schools, colleges and universities all around the world over the past 40 years. He is very active as a clinician and soloist in both the classical and jazz idioms.
TRPTS (Trumpets) was formed in 1985 as an experimental group to bring the history of jazz trumpet to audiences through performing voiced out solos from famous jazz trumpet players, playing music associated with trumpet jazz over the years, and also presenting new music written for especially for us. The CD “Transforming Traditons” (Later re-issued as “On a Jazz Mission” on Summit Records) has sold over 25,000 copies. The group has performed all over the United States. Our roster has included at different times: Mike Vax, Wayne Bergeron, Carl Saunders, Clay Jenkins, Claudio Roditi, Jeff Jarvis, Andrea Toffanelli, Steve Campos, Bob Doll, Warren Gale, and John Capobianco.
Our music is distributed by Triplo Publications, owned by well-known trumpet player and teacher, Jim Olcott. (www.triplo.com/) Many of the arrangements we perform are available for four trumpets with piano, guitar, bass and drums.
Our recording, as well as recordings by the Stan Kenton Alumni Band and many other jazz brass and big bands, are available from the CD Sales Shop at Friends of Big Band Jazz. (www.bigbandjazz.net)
TRPTS IS AVAILABLE FOR CLINICS, CONCERTS,
JAZZ SOCIETIES, JAZZ CLUBS, AND JAZZ FESTIVALS.