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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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Albums

Stan Kenton: Road Shows
Stan Kenton: Road...
Tantara
2013
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Cool Hot & Swingin'
Cool Hot & Swingin'
Tantara
2007
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Sophisticated Approach
Sophisticated Approach
Capitol Records
2006
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Cuban Episodes
Point Entertainment
2005
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[no cover]
Viva Kenton!
Point Entertainment
2005
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Back to Balboa
Back to Balboa
Capitol Records
2004
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