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    Stanley Newcomb Kenton (December 15, 1911 – August 25, 1979) was a pianist, composer, and arranger who led a highly innovative,…

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  11. Charlie was born in New Haven in 1906. He played with Paul Specht's orchestra in the late 1920s and later played with others such as Ben Pollack,…

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  13. James "Jimmy" Dorsey (February 29, 1904 – June 12, 1957) was a prominent American jazz clarinetist, saxophonist, trumpeter, composer, and big band…

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