Stan Kenton


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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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Mr Hughes fell in love with jazz in his teens, when he heard records at a friend's house - Dizzy Gillespie's The Champ, Woody Herman's Wild Root, Stan Kenton's Hammersmith Riff and Charlie Parker's Cool Blues.
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.
Devoe was a trombonist in the Stan Kenton Orchestra, Hetrick was a veteran of the swing era and the WW II Air Force, and Heitzer is a prominent Philadephian trumpeter, composer, and arranger.
I'd heard the music of all the famous names like Nat King Cole, Peggy Lee, Stan Kenton, et al, but I'd never heard of Nellie Lutcher, whom Mort cited as one of the true greats whose names had faded.
Stan Kenton and His Orchestra took a crack with fan-favorite June Christy on vocals.
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.
Along the same line, I would also enjoy hearing from anyone who is a fan of Stan Kenton's music.
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.
Stan Kenton: This is an Orchestra, Michael Sparke, University of North Texas Press, 2010.