EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

April 3, 2013

Jazz-filled afternoon set in Plaistow


The Eagle-Tribune

---- — PLAISTOW — The Stan Kenton Alumni Big Band will perform April 14 at the Big Band Jazz Festival at the Timberlane Performing Arts Center.

A tour bus, packed with musicians who gather every year from the Stan Kenton Orchestra, the Maynard Ferguson Orchestra and the Buddy Rich Band, will arrive in Plaistow. Members will stress the importance of jazz heritage in America, educate musical audiences young and old, and provide a relaxed and entertaining atmosphere to experience Kenton’s music.

Selections will include music from Kenton’s early dance band numbers to his progressive jazz and swing pieces.

An accomplished pianist, composer and band leader, Kenton vehemently opposed the idea of a “ghost band” to continue his legacy.

In keeping with his wishes, band leader Mike Vax, who was once Kenton’s lead trumpet and road manager, is intent on maintaining the alumni ensemble’s commitment to Kenton by not only performing numbers from the orchestra’s original repertoire, but by showcasing new material as well.

In addition to Stan Kenton’s Alumni Big Band, performing at 4 p.m., the Jazz Festival will also feature some very local talent.

The Timberlane Community Jazz Band will take the stage at 1 p.m., followed by the Freese Brothers Big Band at 2 p.m. and the Bedford Big Band at 3 p.m.

The ticket price is $10, $5 for seniors and students. Each ticket gains admittance to all four performances and may be purchased by calling the box office at 257-5257, online at mktix.com/trpac or at the door.