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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… read more

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  • The Four Freshmen are doing a tribute o Stan at the Detroit Jazz Festival! http://www.last.fm/music/The+Four+Freshmen/+events
  • 100th Anniversary of Birth !!!
  • Relaxing music for more than one evening
  • He shat on Wagner.
  • this is music
  • (Words to live by)
  • "There is a danger of an entire generation growing up with the idea that jazz and the atom bomb are essentially the same natural phenomenon." Barry Ulanov on Stan Kenton (1948)
  • Few were the best!
  • Kenton was at Newcastle City Hall twice , paid the first time ,couldn't afford it the second time , I just stood outside and listened . magic moments.
  • As far as the suggestions of racism go, its worth giving the wiki article a thorough read - its well cited and points very strongly away from that conclusion. http://www.last.fm/music/Stan+Kenton/+wiki

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