Personnel: CD1: Track 1: Stan Kenton: leader, piano; Mike Vax: trumpet; Jay Saunders: trumpet; Dennis Noday: trumpet; Ray Brown: trumpet; Joe Marcinkiewicz: trumpet; Quin Davis: alto sax, flute; Richard Torres: tenor sax, flute; Kim Frizell: tenor sax, flute; Willie Maiden: baritone sax; Chuck Carter: baritone, soprano sax, flute; Dick Shearer: trombone; Mike Jamieson: trombone; Fred Carter: trombone; Mike Wallace: bass trombone; Phil Herring: bass trombone, tuba; Harvie Swartz: bass; John Von Ohlen: drums; Ramon Lopez: Latin percussion. Tracks 2-6: Gary Pack: trumpet; Paul Adamson: trumpet, for Saunders and Brown; Graham Ellis: bass trombone, tuba, for Herring; Claude Sifferlin: piano, for Kenton; Gary Todd: bass, for Swartz. Tracks 7, 8: Saunders: trumpet; Brown: trumpet, for Pack, Adamson; Kenton: piano, for Sifferlin; John Worster: bass, for Todd. Tracks 9-11: Frank Minear: trumpet; Bob Winkler: trumpet, flugelhorn; Mike Snustead: trumpet, for Saunders, Brown, Vax; Harvey Coonin: trombone; Lloyd Spoon: trombone, for Jamieson, Carter; Peter Erskine: drums, for Von Ohlen. Tracks 12-14: Jay Sollenberger: trumpet; Steve Campos: trumpet; Clay Jenkins: trumpet, flugelhorn; Chuck Schmidt: trumpet; Bob Doll: trumpet; Dick Shearer: trombone; Lloyd Spoon: trombone; Denny Brunk: trombone; Allan Morrissey: bass trombone; A.G. Robeson: bass trombone, tuba; Michael Bard: alto, soprano sax, flute; Roy Reynolds: tenor sax, flute; Gary Clinton: tenor sax, flute; Alan Yankee: baritone sax, flute; Greg Metcalf: baritone sax, flute; Stan Kenton: piano; John Worster: bass; Gary Hobbs: drums; Ramon Lopez: Latin percussion. CD2: Tracks 1-4, 6, 7, 9, 11: Chris Bresette: trumpet; Stuart Wallace: trumpet; Kurt Shipe: trumpet; Joe Niemann: trumpet; Eric Schultz: alto sax; Brian Handeland: alto, baritone sax, flute; Tyler Anderson: tenor sax; Jerod Kaszynski: tenor sax; Joe Tierney: baritone sax; Nicole Brellentin: trombone; Matt Heil: trombone; Chris Caine: trombone; David Behm: bass trombone; Will Horn: bass trombone; Brandon Covelli: piano; Ben Acton: guitar; Andy Detra: bass; Mike Malone: drums, percussion. Tracks 5, 8, 10, 12: Keith Hillson: trombone; Erik Olson: trombone, for Brellentin and Caine; Justin Kevan: tenor sax, for Kaszynski; Josh Gallagher: piano, for Covelli. Additional playersJosh Fuchs: trumpet; Graham Pollack: trumpet; Paul Stodolka: trumpet; Elizabeth Tomlinson: trumpet; Dr. Phillip Ostrander: trombone; Rob Margolis: tuba; Kurtis Polshinski: tuba; Dr. Gerry Young: tuba; Aaron Hedenstrom: alto sax; Justin Kevan: alto sax. Alumni guest soloists: Josh Gallagher: piano (8, 10, 12); Tom Krochock: trumpet (4, 5 12); John Raymond: trumpet (3).
Tracks: New Piece; Goodbye Glenn; Greenwich Time; Calendula; Eleven; New Beginnings; Starlight; Deep Shadows.
Personnel: Kirk MacDonald: leader, composer, tenor sax; Joe Sullivan: trumpet, flugelhorn, conductor; Rob Smith: trumpet, flugelhorn; Kevin Turcotte: trumpet, flugelhorn; Brian O'Kane: trumpet, flugelhorn; Alex Kundakcioglu: trumpet, flugelhorn; P.J. Perry: alto sax; Mark Promane: alto, soprano sax; Pat LaBarbera: tenor sax; Dave Neill: baritone sax; Al Kay: trombone; Terry Promane: trombone; Kelsley Grant: trombone; Gordon Myers: bass trombone; Lorne Lofsky: guitar; Nancy Walker: piano; Kieran Overs: bass; Barry Romberg: drums.
Live on the Plaza
Tracks: Stompin' at the Savoy; All of Me; Stardust; You Are So Beautiful; Tiger Rag; Purple Gazelle; It Don't Mean a Thing; A Sunday Kind of Love; My Favorite Things; Shiny Stockings; Dizzyland; Caravan; Kenton Kollage.
Personnel (collective): Jim Mair: music director; Bob Harvey: trumpet; Stan Kessler: trumpet; Steve Molloy: trumpet; Jay Sollenberger: trumpet; Fred Mulholland: trumpet; Dave Aaberg: trumpet; Doug Talley, Kerry Strayer, Bob Long, David Chael, Ron Hathorn, Greg Briggs, Hal Melia, Dan Thomas, Gerald Dunn, Todd Wilkinson: reeds; Jeff Hamer: trombone; Paul McKee: trombone; Stephanie Cox: trombone; Arch Martin: trombone; Karita Carter: trombone; Earlie Braggs: trombone; Lee Hill Kavanaugh: bass trombone; Charles Williams: piano; Rod Fleeman: guitar; Danny Embrey: guitar; Theodore Wilson: bass; Gerald Spaits: bass; Tom Morgan: drums; Tim Cambron: drums. Special appearances by Ernie Andrews: vocals; Byron Stripling: trumpet; Houston Person: tenor sax; Deborah Brown: vocals; Harold Jones: drums.
Welcome to Hungary!
Tracks: Sahara; Buddy and Solita; Now Is the Time in Hungary!; Rise and Shine; In Memory of Dizzy; In Memory of Monk; Only You; Vig Corn. Bonus tracksI Told You; Only You; Me Shall; Veled Vagyok Meg Gondolatban; Fustbe Ment Terv.
Personnel: Tommy Vig: leader, composer, arranger, drums, vibraphone. Bela Szaloky: trombone, flugelhorn; Akos Tompa: trumpet; Janos Hamori: trumpet; Ferenc Schreck: trombone; Peter Kovacs: tuba; Balazs Nagy, Arpad Dennert: reeds; Balazs Cserta: tarogato; Roszas Farkas: cimbalon. Special guest artistDavid Murray: tenor saxophone. Other personnel unlisted.
Jazz and the blues--because together this musical brother and sister speak from our nation's days of the current cultural affairs and the authenticity and truth of a place where the rhythms held the pulse and the drums the heartbeat, representing every step closer the meat on the bone
Jazz and the blues--because together this musical brother and sister speak from our nation's days of the current cultural affairs and the authenticity and truth of a place where the rhythms held the pulse and the drums the heartbeat, representing every step closer the meat on the bone. Feet in the dirt, or barefoot on a stage with sequins--it's soul beats in my chest.
I was first exposed to jazz while others listened to surf music in the '50s and '60s, it was Monk, Miles, Satchmo and Ella, Rosemary Clooney and Julie London followed. Margaret Whiting, Les McCann, Willie Bobo, Andy Simpkins, Snooky Young, Bill Basie and Helen Humes. The first time I heard Topsy, Take 2, I about passed out at the age of ten.
I've hung with Les McCann who more than 30 years after our first meeting became my duet partner on my CD, Don't Go To Strangers. Karen Hernandez from the start, Jack Le Compte on drums, Lou Shoch on bass, Steve Rawlins as my arranger and pianist, Grant Geissman - guitar genius, Nolan Shaheed, Richard Simon, and more. The big boys. My Red Hot Papas. The best show I ever attended was...
I met Helen Humes first back in 1981 and helped turn one Playboy Jazz Festival night into her tribute, bring the Basie Band to stage, her joy boys. Before she took the stage for the last time to sing, If I could Be With You One Hour Tonight thousands of copies of the newspaper I wrote for carried her story. It was kismet, her being held by Joe Williams backstage. Soon in my life were the great Linda Hopkins who told me I sang the song she wrote better than her, which floored me of course, the energizing Barbara Morrison and the stellar Marilyn Maye who guided me professionally.
My advice to new listeners... let your backbone slip and feel your body stripping back the barriers that prevent us from being one with the music.
Remember none of us are strangers, we just haven't met yet.