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Ray Brown’s Great Big Band: Kayak

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Not to be confused with the late, legendary bassist of the same name, San Francisco-based bandleader/arranger Ray Brown, an ex-trumpeter with the Stan Kenton and Full Faith and Credit big bands, drives his own nineteen-piece ensemble populated by the Bay Area's A-list musicians. Brown, whose percussionist father pioneered jazz education in the public schools of Long ...

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Ed Puddick Big Band: Guys and Dolls

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In the hands of the twenty-something bandleader and arranger Ed Puddick and his equally young, London-based seventeen-piece ensemble, Frank Loesser's classic Broadway score joins the ranks of those which have been adapted for big band (Stan Kenton's West Side Story, Les Brown's South Pacific, and Ted Heath's The Sound of Music all come to mind). Puddick's ...

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Johnny Mandel Featuring Sherrie Maricle and the Diva Jazz Orchestra: The Man and His Music: Johnny Mandel Conducts the Music of Mandel

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In May, 2010, legendary composer/arranger Johnny Mandel performed three evenings with the all-female DIVA Jazz Orchestra at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, immaculately preserved in this release. In this rare appearance in his native Manhattan, the Los Angeles-based Mandel returned decidedly to his big band roots, which included service in brass sections, more than five decades ago, with ...

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Mission Possible! Planning Stan Kenton Tributes for 2011

Mission Possible! Planning Stan Kenton Tributes for 2011

From: Anthony J. Agostinelli "Good Morning Mr. Phelps, your mission, should you decide to accept it," is a challenging one! Given that Stan Kenton would have been 100 years old" in 2011, we should all try to arrange for as many TRIBUTES to Stan Kenton as we can manage. You may consider these resources 'fair game': LIBRARIES: book ...

Stan Kenton Alumni Band: Have Band, Will Travel (Live)

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Stan Kenton Alumni Band
Have Band, Will Travel (Live)
Summit Records
2010

For over two decades, trumpeter Mike Vax, a veteran of the 1970-72 Stan Kenton Orchestra, has been a tireless crusader maintaining the legacy of his erstwhile boss, who died at age 67 in 1979. Have Band, Will Travel ...

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RG Royal Sound Orchestra: Impact

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Take a group of A-List Miami-based musicians--many of whom are alumni of the big bands of Woody Herman,Maynard Ferguson, and Stan Kenton)--combine them with guitarists and percussionists from Madrid,Spain, and the result is the RG Royal Sound Orchestra, making its debut withexactly what the title promises. The arrangements integrate Afro-Cuban rhythms, Iberian romanticism, and North American ...

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The Four Freshmen: The Four Freshmen and Live Trombones

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Over six decades ago, four undergraduates at Indiana's Butler University first joined their voices in song as The Four Freshmen and, in 1950, the quartet was heard by Stan Kenton, on whose trombone section the “Frosh" had modeled their sound. Kenton immediately demanded that the group be signed by his label, Capitol, and began an association ...

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Gerald Wilson Orchestra: Detroit

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Commissioned by the Detroit International Jazz Festival and premiered on the occasion of the composer's 91st birthday, Gerald Wilson's six-movement “Detroit Suite" demonstrates that after nearly seven decades in the music business, the nonagenarian composer and arranger still has a great deal to offer in terms of musical creativity. Wilson spent the latter part of his ...

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Terry Vosbein and the Knoxville Jazz Orchestra: Progressive Jazz 2009

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Over the last few years, Terry Vosbein, a Professor of Music at Washington and Lee University and a classically-trained composer of symphonies, operas, and chamber music (not to mention a former bassist with the Glenn Miller Orchestra), has been exhaustively researching the unrecorded scores from the Stan Kenton Collection at the University of North Texas. Now, ...

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Mike Barone Big Band: Flight of the Bumblebee

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For a quarter-century, Mike Barone provided arrangements for Doc Severinsen's NBC-TV <em>Tonight Show</em> Band, but these were seldom heard by anyone except the studio audiences for the actual telecasts (although excerpts were audible to viewers as intros and exits from commercial breaks). Since the band's dissolution more than fifteen years ago, however, Barone has been recording ...