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Are you a lover of jazz? Do you miss the taste of New Orleans food? Then you are in luck. Mark your calendar for Sunday, September 25, 2011 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Mike Vax and the Great American Jazz Band has been performing together for over 35 years. They bring dynamic excitement to audiences wherever they appear. This group attains a swinging jazz feel, while playing tunes from the late 1800’ through today.

$19.95 per person includes brunch, a glass of house champagne and entertainment.

Seating is limited! Please call 928.445.2970. Pine Cone Inn, 1245 White Spar Road, Prescott, Arizona.

Mike Vax on trumpet

Mike Vax on trumpet

The Prescott Jazz Summit and the Highlands Center are collaborating to present two more exciting jazz concerts in a beautiful setting.

SATURDAY, JULY 9th Margo Reed and Delphine Cortez (Two of the most popular vocalists in the Phoenix area) with Joel Robin-Piano/Keyboard Bass, Tony Vacca-Saxophone, and Cleve Huff-Drums. (Mike Vax, director, will be sitting in on trumpet/flugelhorn.)

SATURDAY, AUGUST 13th Renee Patrick (New vocal sensation in Phoenix) Mike Vax-Trumpet, Tony Vacca-Saxophone, Stan Sorenson-guitar, Ted Sistrunk-bass, and

Wes Anderson-drums

Place: The Highlands Center Amphitheater, 1375 Walker Road, Prescott 86303

             (Near Lynx Lake)

Time: July 9th and August 13th –7:00 PM.  Doors open 1 hour early.

           Refreshments will be available for purchase from the Highlands Center.

TICKETS: $15 each performance


The Prescott Jazz Summit: 928-830-2462  *  The Highlands Center: 928-776-9550

Tickets available at:, The Highlands Center

Gift Shop, and at the door on the evenings of the engagements


© December 7 2010 Jack D. Wilson

Dr. Roy Breiling
Ed Cornett
Ed Cornett
Matthew Jackson
Matthew Jackson
David Russell


Photographs by Jack D. Wilson

The Yavapai College Music Department presented an “Evening of Jazz” on Monday, December 6, 2010 in the Yavapai Performance Hall. It featured not one, but two Big Band ensembles, the Roughriders and the Trailblazers. Dr. Roy Breiling was the music director. Cost of admission was $5.00- and was free to youngsters 14 and under. That is a real bargain!

There is a FREE student concert tonight, Tuesday December 7 at 7:00 PM at Yavapai College Performance Hall.

The program had a holiday theme, but songs were arranged for Big Band Jazz. Here is one of the songs by the Roughriders.

Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town

Roughriders Big Band

Here is a sampling from what they played.

There was an intermission after the Roughriders completed their numbers, then the Trailblazers Big Band took the stage.


Here is a video clip of the first two numbers by the Trailblazers:

Deck The Halls and I Came Upon a Midnight Clear – that featured a flugelhorn.

Photo and video credits

All photographs and videos by Jack D. Wilson. Unauthorized use prohibited without prior permission.


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Jack D. Wilson first visited Prescott in 1995 and has been a resident since 2000. He took a sojourn into politics and was the mayor of Prescott Arizona from Nov. 2007 – Nov. 2009. He now writes a couple of blogs, is President of the Prescott Frontier Days Community Service Foundation and Group Leader of the UsToo Prescott-area Prostate Cancer Support Group.

Mike Vax on trumpet

Mike Vax on trumpet


 The 10th Annual Prescott Jazz Summit will heat up Prescott on August 27-29 at multiple venues. This year’s theme is A Tribute to the Great BIG BANDS.   

Ballroom dancing added!   

The Prescott Jazz Summit is always eagerly awaited by jazz aficionados, but this year something new has been added – dancing! On Friday evening and Saturday afternoon there will be live music in multiple locations with ballroom dancing at Hotel St. Michael’s historic hardwood floor ballroom. Here is your chance to enjoy some great live music plus dancing!     

Friday August 27, 2010 – 7:30 – 10:30pm – $25.00   Three simultaneous concerts – one ticket is good at all concerts:    

  • Hassayampa Inn’s Arizona Ballroom (nightclub style)
  • Hassayampa Inn’s Marina Ballroom (nightclub style)
  • Dancing at Hotel St. Michael’s historic hardwood floor ballroom

Saturday August 28, 2010 – 1:00 – 4:00pm – $20.00     

  • Concert at the Hassayampa Inn’s Arizona ballroom
  • Dancing at Hotel St. Michael’s historic hardwood floor ballroom
      (one ticket is good for both)

Online information and tickets at Or call (928) 771-1268 for information. Tickets can also be purchased at the Hassayampa Inn (122 E. Gurley) or at the Prescott Chamber of Commerce (117 W. Goodwin ST).

Find out what all the buzz is about and experience Prescott AZ. Take a look at this 3-minute video overview: Experience Prescott 2010

If you liked that video, find out about the City of Prescott 4th of July Celebration

Mike Vax


As a warm-up for the Prescott Jazz Summit in August, there will be a FREE jazz concert at Noon this Friday, April 9. Mayor Marlin Kuykendall will present a proclamation recognizing April as National Jazz Appreciation month at Courthouse Plaza – north side – at noon on Friday, April 9th.  Following the presentation the “All Star Jazz Quintet” will be performing.  Please come and bring your friends (and even people who aren’t your friends) so we can have a good turnout.   

Mike Vax’s “All Star Jazz Quintet” will also be playing at 129 1/2 on Friday evening from 6:30 to 9:30.  Please come and support your Jazz Summit musicians and also Barry Barbe.  He is one of he few on going jazz presenters in the Prescott area.  Have dinner or dessert of a couple of drinks, whatever.   

The Prescott Jazz Summit will celebrate its tenth year in 2010. We would like to grow it into a great gathering of jazz musicians like the festivals in Montreal and New Orleans but we need community support to do that. This entire festival is run by a group of dedicated volunteers. Come to the free concert this Friday at Noon and meet some of these volunteers and learn about the Prescott Jazz Summit. 

Link to short Video on 2008 Prescott Jazz Summit

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