Contribution and Scholarship funds to donate to to support education and concerts of the Friends of Big Band Jazz

Friends of Big Band Jazz (FBBJ) is a California 501(c)3 corporation whose mission is to perpetuate big band jazz music as an American art form.  We accomplish this by supporting an annual series of public concerts of a 19-piece jazz band (the Mike Vax Jazz Orchestra), and from the proceeds of these performances and the sales of the band's CDs, support young musician jazz education.

Proceeds from our Friends of Big Band Jazz Membership, Sponsor a Musician Program and from ticket sales plus the funding from our Bronze, Silver and Gold Member contributors, have enabled our organization to do great things in the world of jazz and jazz education, such as:

  • Giving scholarships to deserving students for various Jazz Summer Camps
  • Being a sponsor of the tours of the Stan Kenton Legacy Orchestra Being a sponsor of the Prescott, Arizona Jazz Summit and Student Workshops
  • Sponsoring free concerts for music students
  • Sponsoring performances and workshops by our musicians in schools

If you are interested in making a contribution greater than $300.00,
please contact Mike Vax directly at 925-872-1942

Please make a tax deductible donation.


Contribution Funds
Fund Name Fund Description / Details  

John Von Ohlen Fund

John Von Ohlen, world renowned drummer best known for his stints playing with Woody Herman and Stan Kenton, as well as leading the Blue Wisp Big Band for many years, has had some major health issues and is in need of financial help at this point. We at Friends of Big Band Jazz would like to help raise funds for John.


So, we are asking for your support to make our 2018 tour the most successful ever. Our tour dates are April 12th to April 21st. With your help, we can make the band even more available financially for these schools.
We will be glad to send a CD to any of you who donate at least $40. We will, of course accept any donation no matter how small. We would love to have some larger donations as well. Every dollar will help us toward our goal of bringing Stan Kenton's music and creativity and dedication to education to young people. Anyone donating over $100 will have their name in our tour program as a Tour Supporter.

Jazz Summit Educational Outreach Program Fund

One of the most important things that we do with the Prescott Jazz Summit is our Educational Outreach Program. Our goal is to teach young people about "America?s Original Art Form" ? Jazz Music. Over the years we have given workshops, clinics, private lessons and guidance for school jazz bands. For the past few years we have also gone into schools to do assembly programs for the whole student body. In 2010 we visited four elementary schools in Prescott and the administrations, faculty members an

Friends of Big Band Jazz Contribution Fund

Preservation of big band jazz through education

Al "Jazzbeaux" Collins Memorial Scholarship Fund

Support young musician jazz education by donating now, or by purchasing one of these designated CDs.


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