Adventures

This new page will focus on aspects of the Kenton musical biography that don’t fit neatly into any of the other sections.

Future chapters being prepared include: The Singers, Innovations, etc. They will be added below, on a slow roll out schedule. Stay tuned for updates.

Talk About A Lady — 1946

The band filmed several musical shorts in the Forties, but was only ever featured in one full-length movie, and that was strictly a Columbia B-picture programmer. Learn more…

Progressive Jazz — 1947-1948

The Kenton era generally referred to as Progressive Jazz ran from September of 1947 until December of 1948. It was Kenton’s most innovative and financially lucrative band to date. Learn more…

A Festival of Modern American Jazz — 1953-54

Stan Kenton always thought on a grand scale. In late 1953 he assembled a package of some of the greats in modern jazz and barnstormed the nation. A year later, with a new list of soloists, he took to the road once more with A FESTIVAL OF MODERN AMERICAN JAZZ. Learn more…

The 1956 European Tour

For over two months in early 1956 the Kenton band hop-scotched across Europe, starting with a month in Great Britain followed by an almost equally long tour of Europe. Many days included two concerts, and the distances traveled between shows are dizzying. This was the Kenton band’s second tour of Europe, and his first in Great Britain. It came in between the recording of the albums “Contemporary Concepts” and “Cuban Fire.” Learn more…

The Los Angeles Neophonic Orchestra — 1965-68

Performing only eleven concerts, the Los Angeles Neophonic Orchestra strove to be a permanent resident Jazz Orchestra, modeled after the symphony orchestra, and dedicated to performing world premieres of contemporary large ensemble composition. Musically the orchestra was hit and miss. Financially it was a disaster. Learn more…