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Kenton, (Stanley Newcomb) Stan

(1912–79) musician; born in Wichita, Kans. He was raised in Los Angeles, where he played piano in several lesser-known big bands throughout the 1930s and with Vido Musso in 1938–39. In 1940, he formed his own orchestra which won wide acclaim for its unusual theme song, "Artistry in Rhythm," and its mild experimentations in a self-described "progressive jazz" style. He disbanded in 1947 and spent three years in retirement. He attracted notoriety in 1950–52 with a 40-piece orchestra which he billed as "Innovations in Modern Music," playing composed avant-garde works as well as jazz. From 1952 until his death, he led a standard jazz big band, although his 1964 recording, Kenton Plays Wagner, and his 1966 Neophonic Orchestra were further experiments in symphonic jazz. He was also a pioneer in jazz education, conducting over 100 clinics annually throughout the 1960s and 1970s.
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Big band music from SK2 Jazz Orchestra: Music spanning the career of Stan Kenton, the last major big band leader, will fill the Lawrence Batley Theatre for an evening of nostalgia and authentic sound.
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FEATURINg the cream of the north's musicians, the 18-piece SK2 Jazz Orchestra comes to Mold's Clwyd Theatr Cymru on Tuesday, September 22, to perform the greatest hits of the legendary pianist, jazz composer and arranger, Stan Kenton.
He was well-known as a fellow band member of Stan Kenton and Thad Jones, yet perhaps his greatest legacy was his time spent mentoring young musicians, as well as his hundreds of sideman recordings.
Drummer and educator Smith chronicles the life and times of Mel Lewis (1929-1990), jazz drummer extraordinaire, a professional at 17, who produced 620 recordings as a sideman with Stan Kenton, Thad Jones, and his own band.
The rest of the Goodman items will join significant collections of Stan Kenton, Duke Ellington, Maynard Ferguson, Willis Conover, Leon Breeden, and other archival jazz collections housed in the University of North Texas Music Library and Ozier Sound Archive.
I saw the incredible Stan Kenton and his Orchestra, Eric Delaney, Joe Loss, Harry Gold, Eric Winstone, The Squadronaires and many other big bands.
The pianist, composer, arranger, bandleader, and entrepreneur Stan Kenton (1912-79) is often overlooked for his contributions to jazz, jazz education, and American music in general.
Ron has two "prized possessions" - the signatures of American big band personalities Stan Kenton and Maynard Ferguson.
For this special performance, the orchestra will be performing an entire evening of arrangements of music from the Swing Era, including Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Stan Kenton and much more.
QI REMEMBER Stan Kenton and his orchestra playing in Dublin around 1950.