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The Stan Kenton Legacy Orchestra In Great Barrington Massachusetts on April 15

The Stan Kenton Legacy Orchestra In Great Barrington Massachusetts on April 15

The Stan Kenton Legacy Orchestra (“SKLO”) will make its first and only Berkshires appearance this year on Sunday, April 15, at Monument Mountain Regional High School in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. The 7pm concert will be a big band double-header, with the Monument Mountain Jazz Band opening for the Kenton Legacy band. Kenton was one of the ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Stan Kenton Orchestra / BYU Synthesis Big Band: A Kenton Celebration

Read "A Kenton Celebration" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Fasten your seat belts, Kenton fans. Just when you feared the once-overflowing wellspring of material from the Stan Kenton Orchestra's archives may have run dry, along comes Tantara Productions with this jet-propelled and emphatically pleasurable two-disc set, the first half of which reclaims a long-lost concert date recorded in February 1959 at Brigham Young University, a ...

The Stan Kenton Legacy Orchestra: Storming Through the South

Read "Storming Through the South" reviewed by Jack Bowers

First, three hearty cheers and a laurel wreath for trumpeter Mike Vax who has kept the splendid Stan Kenton Legacy Orchestra together (with some inescapable changes in personnel, not to mention name) for twenty-five years, supervised no less than eighteen annual road tours and produced half a dozen in-concert albums, the most recent of which, Storming ...

Stan Kenton Alumni Band: Road Scholars Live

Read "Road Scholars Live" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

For more than twenty years, the Stan Kenton Alumni Band has kept the pulse of big-band jazz strongly beating through regular touring under the direction of trumpet master Mike Vax, 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 ...

Musings on Jazz, Blues and the Sabbath

Read "Musings on Jazz, Blues and the Sabbath" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Margie Baker
Sings With So Many Stars
Consolidated Artists Productions
2014

Margie Baker didn't begin her career as a jazz and blues vocalist in the San Francisco area until she was nearly 40, but she made up for this delayed entry with endurance: She was often featured at the Monterey ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Stan Kenton Alumni Band: Road Scholars

Read "Stan Kenton Alumni Band: Road Scholars" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Road Scholars? A clever title indeed, but these gentlemen (and three ladies) are more akin to “road maestros," an appraisal that is abundantly clear from A to Z on this latest recording by trumpeter Mike Vax's turbo-charged Stan Kenton Alumni Band, taped at various concerts during the band's 2013 spring tour, a two-week, three-thousand-mile odyssey that ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Stan Kenton: Road Shows

Read "Stan Kenton: Road Shows" reviewed by Jack Bowers

For younger readers: yes, there was a time long ago when large groups of talented jazz musicians traveled without respite from city to city and town to town, braving one-night stands or more night after night in (mostly) sold-out concert halls, dance halls, pavilions, nightclubs, schools and other venues. They were known as big bands, so ...

ARTICLE: HARDLY STRICTLY JAZZ

Carole Simpson Remembered

Read "Carole Simpson Remembered" reviewed by Skip Heller

As news of Donald Byrd's passing was leaking out slowly, jazz educator Keith Pawlak sent me a note on Facebook asking if I had heard that pianist/vocalist Carole Simpson had passed away.

Her name is barely known except to a few collectors who specialize in female singers of the Eisenhower era. She was during that ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

Did Stan Kenton Swing? You Bet Your Walkin' Shoes He Did...

Read "Did Stan Kenton Swing? You Bet Your Walkin' Shoes He Did..." reviewed by Jack Bowers

I've been listening to a lot of Stan Kenton's music recently while coming to grips with the age-old question, did the Kenton orchestra really swing? The answer, to me, is a no-brainer: Yes, Kenton swung. Liberally and often. [Note: This of course depends on how “swinging" is defined; opinions may vary]. In his own way--although he'd ...

NEWS: BIRTHDAY

Jazz Musician of the Day: Lennie Niehaus

Jazz Musician of the Day: Lennie Niehaus

All About Jazz is celebrating Lennie Niehaus' birthday today!

Featured alto sax soloist and arranger for the famous Stan Kenton Orchestra, he has also recorded several albums of his own with jazz greats Mel Lewis, Shelly Manne, Jimmy Giuffre, Hampton Hawes and more. Lennie has also been composer for numerous Clint Eastwood\'s films including Pale Rider, ...