Primary Instrument: Band/orchestra
The Neophonic movement,launched in the mid-sixties,was another grand Stan Kenton adventure. This one had the ultimate goal of establishing comtemporary resident jazz orchestra in major cities across the United States and even around the globe. The prototype orchestra, THE LOS ANGELES NEOPHONIC, played eleven concerts over three seasons at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, but funding support disappeared and the band dissolved in 1968. Dozens of polished writers had jumped at the opportunity to be a part of this piece of history and submitted their works free-of-charge! The orchestra roster included many musicians long associated with Kenton's regular band and consisted of five trumpets, four trombones, tuba, five reeds, five French horns, piano, bass, drums,and vibes/percussion. Critic William Grim wrote: undoubtedly one of the most important experiments in the history of modern jazz.