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Stan Kenton

Primary Instrument: Piano

Born: December 15, 1911 | Died: August 15, 1979    

Stan Kenton

Stanley Newcomb Kenton (December 15, 1911 - August 25, 1979) led a highly innovative, influential, and often controversial American jazz orchestra. In later years he was widely active as an educator.

Stan Kenton was born in Wichita, Kansas, and raised first in Colorado and then in California. He learned piano as a child, and while still a teenager toured with various bands. In June 1941 he formed his own band, which developed into one of the best-known West Coast ensembles of the Forties.

Kenton's musical aggregations were decidedly “orchestras.” Sometimes consisting of two dozen or more musicians at once, they produced an unmistakable Kenton sound--as recognizable as that of the bands of Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington, or Count Basie. So large an orchestra was able to produce a tremendous, at times overpowering, volume in the dance and concert halls of the land; among musical conservatives it developed a reputation for playing strange-sounding pieces much too loudly, and indeed one comical MC introduced Stan Kenton as “Cant Standit.”...
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  • Stan Kenton: Road Shows

    Tantara
    2013
  • Cool Hot & Swingin'

    Tantara
    2007
  • Sophisticated Approach

    Capitol Records
    2006
  • Cuban Episodes

    Point Entertainment
    2005
  • Viva Kenton!

    Point Entertainment
    2005
  • Back to Balboa

    Capitol Records
    2004
  • With the Danish Radio Big Band

    Storyville Records
    2003
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