, who served as the Orchestra's first trumpet, soloist and road manager (and also spent one year leading The Dukes of Dixieland, a genuine New Orleans musical treasure) before assuming leadership of the Stan Kenton Alumni Band.
Road Scholars Live captures this Band in their element: Blowing hot and cool through an encyclopedic survey of modern styles for an appreciative concert audience during their 2013 performance tour. It pulls out of the gate on the strong rhythmic tracks laid by pianist Charlie Ferguson
) and "Cinnamon and Cloves"this tour continues to find new and different venues to explore. "Nessun Dorma" masterfully rearranges Giacomo Puccini's aria for Vax's solo trumpet before the Band rips like a howling wind through Lennie Niehaus
' arrangement (custom written for Kenton's Orchestra) of "Lullaby of Broadway."
"Reed Rapture" crowns Road Scholars with Kenton's brilliant original written and arranged for saxophones only, but sounding like a complete orchestra thanks to Kenton's compositional, and his Alumni Band's instrumental, genius.
Track Listing: Neverbird; I Have Dreamed; Stompin' At the Savoy; Chico & the Man; Sneaky; Yesterdays; Beautiful Friendship; Stockholm Sweetnin'; Cinnamon & Clove; Nessun Dorma; Lullaby of Broadway; Reed Rapture; Alex Revisited; America the Beautiful.
Personnel: Ginger Berglund: vocals; Rick Bullock: trombone; Rick Condit: saxophone; Dale Devoe: trombone; Charlie Ferguson: piano; Pete Gallio: saxophone; Phil Hilger: saxophone; Gary Hobbs: drums; Dee Huffsteter: Latin percussion; Steve Huffsteter: trumpet; Joel Kaye: saxophone; Jennifer Leitham: bass; Dennis Noday: trumpet; Don Rader: trumpet; Kim Richmond: saxophone; Carl Saunders: trumpet; Kenny Shroyer: trombone; Mike Vax: trumpet; Scott Whitfield: trombone, vocals; Roy Wiegand: trombone.