The Instrumentalists

To make a full accounting of the many instrumentalists who worked as members of “The Stan Kenton Orchestra” is a daunting, if not impossible task. This page is an going work in progress.

The first challenge in this endeavor was to decide just who to put on the list. How many gigs must a musician have played with the old man to warrant inclusion. Does a one month sub make it? What about a one night sub? How do we treat musicians who played only on studio recordings? What about the musicians of the non-touring Neophonic Orchestra, technically not the Stan Kenton Orchestra?

I merely pose these questions; I offer no answers.

Additionally, so many players came and went, especially in the early days, that there may be very little accurate documentation. Local musicians filled in for ailing sidemen in obscure theatre dates, and their names were rarely noted.

I am counting on the wisdom of folks who know a lot more than I to help correct and amend what is here. I will update the information as I learn more.

This list draws heavily from the approximately 600 musicians named in the appendix to William Lee’s 1980 biography, Stan Kenton: Artistry in Rhythm.

Vocalists are covered here. Arrangers here.

SAXOPHONE

Alto sax

Al Anthony
Chet Ball
Gabe Baltazar
Michael Bard
Earle Boyle
Tony Campise
Don Carone
Walter Clarke
Quin Davis
Vinnie Dean
Bruce Emarine
Jim Farrelly
Herb Geller
Al Harding
Skeets Herfurt
Harry Klee
Lee Konitz
Bill Lahey
Ronnie Lang
Terry Layne
Bob Lively
Charlie Mariano
Dick Meldonian
Eddie Meyers
Boots Mussulli
Lennie Niehaus
Jimmy Oliver
Jack Ordean
John Park
Art Pepper
Ray Reed
Ted Romersa
Dave Schildkraut
Bud Shank
Arnold Stanley
Herbie Steward
George Weidler
Steve Wilkerson

Tenor sax

Mike Altschul
Teddy Anderson
Buddy Arnold
Peter Asch
Morey Beeson
John Bonnie
Hollis Bridwell
Modesto Briseno
Bart Caldarelli
Emmett Carls
Mike Cicchetti
Gene Cipriano
Al Cohn
Buddy Collette
Rich Condit
Bob Cooper
Bob Crosby
Bob Dahl
Sam Donahue
Red Dorris
Wayne Dunstan
Allen Eager
Lee Elliott
Mary Fettig
Ray Florian
Med Flory
Kim Frizell
Chris Galuman
Harold Garrett
Stan Getz
Bob Gioga
Jimmy Giuffre
John Grosso
Bob Hardaway
Bill Holman
Richie Kamuca
Dan Landis
Don Lodice
Dave Madden
Joe Magro
Steve Marcus
Charlie Mariano
Dave Matthews
Bill McDougald
Everett McLaughlin
Don Menza
Jay Migliori
Jack Montrose
Vido Musso
Bill Perkins
Don Rendell
Paul Renzi
Roy Reynolds
Kim Richmond
Ted Romersa
Alan Rowe
Ronnie Rubin
Dan Salmasian
Zoot Sims
Spencer Sinatra
Greg Smith
Norm Smith
Dave Sova
John Sparrow
Duane Tatro
Lucky Thompson
Richard Torres
Bill Trujillo
David Van Kriedt
Ed Wasserman
Warner Weidler
Dick Wilkie

Bari and bass sax

Pepper Adams
Danny Bank
Morey Beeson
Allan Beutler
Richard Bush
Chuck Carter
Don Davidson
Earl Dummler
Wayne Dunstan
Tony Ferina
Bill Fritz
Chuck Gentry
Bob Gioga
Jimmy Giuffre
Bob Gordon
Lisa Hittle
Marvin Holladay
Joel Kaye
Harry Klein
Hank Levy
John Lowe
Willie Maiden
Greg Metcalf
John Mitchell
Jack Nimitz
Dale Norris
Kim Park
Steve Perlow
Lorrain Ragon
Roy Reynolds
Bill Robinson
Billy Root
John Rotella
Dan Salmasian
Gene Siegel
Greg Smith
Bob Snell
Jack Stuckey
Sture Svenson
Jim Timlin
Mike Vaccaro
Archie Wheeler
Christopher White
Dick Wilkie
Alan Yankee

BRASS

Trumpet

Paul Adamson
Sam Aleccia
Chico Alvarez
John Anderson
John Audino
Ed Badgely
Tom Baker
Norman Baltazar
Gary Barone
Mike Barrowman
Frank Beacn
Bob Behrendt
John Bello
Ernie Bernhardt
Ray Borden
Jim Briggs
Bud Brisbois
Ray Brown
Bobby Bryant
Russ Burgher
Tim Burke
Joe Burnett
Steve Campos
Conte Candoli
Pete Candoli
John Cappola
John Carroll
Joe Casano
Bill Catalano
Jules Chaiken
Bill Chase
Buddy Childers
Bob Clark
Bob Coassin
Earl Collier
Jay Daversa
Mike Davis
John DeFlon
Don Dennis
Al DeRisi
Bob Doll
Darryl Eaton
Joe Ellis
Rolf Ericson
Don Fagerquist
Tony Farrell
Maynard Ferguson
Ernie Figueroa
Larry Ford
Warren Gale
Karl George
Phil Gilbert
Conrad Gozzo
Mel Green
Dennis Grillo
Bruce Haag
Tim Hagans
Ken Hanna
John Harner
Tom Harrell
Bob Hicks
John Howell
Steve Huffstetler
Frank Huggins
Clay Jenkins
Kevin Jordan
Jim Kartchner
Lee Katzman
Ron Keller
Dave Kennedy
George Kennedy
Stan Klue
Keith Lamotte
Jack Laubach
Carl Leach
Ed Leddy
Cappy Lewis
Bob Lymperis
John Madrid
Joe Marcinkiewicz
Bill Mathieu
Al Mattaliano
Reuben McFall
Larry McGuire
Joe Meyers
Roger Middleton
Jack Millman
Buzzy Mills
Frank Minear
Ziggy Minichelli
Vic Minichello
Ollie Mitchell
Dick Morse
Jerry Munson
Dennis Noday
Sam Noto
Jim Oatts
Bob Ojeda
Ronnie Ossa
Gary Pack
Don Paladino
Frank Payne
Herb Pomeroy
Al Porcino
Tommy Porello
Norman Prentice
Mike Price
Van Rassey
Clyde Reasinger
Shorty Rogers
Gene Roland
Bob Rolfe
Ernie Royal
Jimmy Salico
Al Sandstrom
Jimmy Saulko
Jay Saunders
Jack Sheldon
Sanford Skinner
Tom Slaney
Gary Slavo
Dalton Smith
Don Smith
Mike Snustead
Jay Sollenberger
Marvin Stamm
Al Sunseri
Vinnie Tanno
Nick Travis
Ray Triscari
Mike Vax
Ray Wetzel
Stu Williamson
Bob Winiker
Dave Zeagler
Jimmy Zito

Trombone

Lorin Aaron
Jim Amlotte
Bob Asher
Bill Atkinson
Edwin Baker
Dee Barton
Milt Bernhart
Eddie Bert
Harry Betts
Harold Branch
Denny Brunk
Bob Burgess
Fred Carter
Gus Chappell
Joe Ciavardone
Dick Cole
Harvey Coonin
Ralph Copsey
Bob Curnow
Ted Dechter
Shelly Denny
Harry DeVito
Dale Devoe
Carl di Karski
Mike Egan
Gil Falco
George Faye
Gerald Finch
Bob Fitzpatrick
Carl Fontana
Harry Forbes
Vernon Friley
Milt Gold
Parker Groate
Herbie Harper
Paul Heydorff
Roger Homefield
Joe Howard
Dick Hyde
Mike Jamieson
Milt Kabak
Dave Keim
Dick Kenny
Ray Klein
Jimmy Knepper
Tom Lacy
Kent Larsen
Skip Layton
Archie LeCoque
Keith Moon
Larry Moser
Dick Nash
Marshall Ocker
Bob Olson
Bud Parker
Bob Payne
Joe Randazzo
Don Reed
Morris Repass
Tom Ringo
Dave Roberts
A.G. Robeson
Gene Roland
Frank Rosolino
Bill Russo
Sonny Russo
Dave Sanchez
Don Sebesky
Tom Senff
Tom Severson
Dick Shearer
Tom Shepard
Ray Sikora
Ralph Simmons
Jimmy Sims
Miff Sines
Billy Smiley
Lloyd Spoon
Jack Spurlock
Brett Stamps
Frank Strong
Chris Swansen
Jeff Uusitalo
Jiggs Whigham
Tom Whittaker
Roy Wiegland
Kai Winding
Freddie Zito

Bass trombone

Jim Amlotte
Norman Bartold
Tommy Bridges
Clyde Brown
Karl De Karske
Tom Dockstader
Graham Ellis
Bob Goodwin
John Halliburton
Bill Hartman
Howard Hedges
Phil Herring
John Johnson
Don Kelly
John Kitzmiller
Bob Knight
Allan Morrissey
Bob Olson
Douglas Purviance
Joe Randazzo
Morris Repass
George Roberts
Ken Shroyer
Bill Smiley
Greg Sorcsek
Mike Suter
Bart Varsalona
Mike Wallace
Paul Weigand
Dave Wheeler

Tuba

Clive Acker
John Bambridge
Graham Ellis
Gene Englund
Stan Fletcher
Buddy Hayes
John Kitzmiller
Jay McAllister
Albert Pollan

French horn

John Cave
Jimmy Decker
Vince DeRosa
Fred Fox
John Graas
Bill Hinshaw
Erik Kessler
Sinclair Lott
Arthur Maebe
Joe Mariani
Lloyd Otto
Richard Perissi
George Price
Irv Rosenthal
Julius Watkins

Mellophonium

Joe Burnett
Dwight Carver
Bob Crull
Gordon Davidson
Bob Faust
Lou Gasca
Billy Horan
David Horton
Keith LaMotte
Gene Roland
Carl Saunders
Tony Scodwell
Ray Starling
Tom Wirtel

RHYTHM

Piano

Tony Farrell
Stan Kenton
Nat Pierce
Ted Repay
Claude Sifferlen

Guitar

Bob Ahern
Laurindo Almeida
Irving Ashby
Ralph Blaze
Dennis Budmir
Al Costi
Barry Galbraith
Joe Gibbons
Steve Jordan
Ralph Leslie
Bob Lesher
Sal Salvador
Bill Strange
Al Vescovo

Bass

Chet Amsterdam
Don Bagley
Max Bennett
Monte Budwig
Woody Busnell
Bucky Calabrese
Pete Chivily
Joe Comfort
Curtis Counce
Chuck Domanico
Gene Englund
Rene Hall
Buddy Hayes
Bill Jones
Red Kelly
Bob Kesterson
Val Kolar
Scott LaFaro
Abe Luboff
Red Mitchell
Joe Mondragon
Glen Roberts
Mike Ross
Oscar Pettiford
Howard Rumsey
Eddie Safranski
Pat Senatore
Clyde Singleton
Carson Smith
John Smith
Kirk Smith
Kerby Stewart
Dave Stone
Gary Todd
Bill Walther
Jon Ward
Max Wayne
John Worster

Drums

Art Anton
Dee Barton
Bill Blakkestad
John Bock
Jimmy Campbell
Frank Capp
Nick Ceroli
Ralph Collier
Irv Cottier
Jay Cummings
Peter Erskine
Jim Falzone
Chauncey Farrar
Chuck Flores
Marvin George
Daryl Ghoes
Gary Hobbs
Paul Humphrey
Irv Kluger
Stan Levey
Mel Lewis
Shelly Manne
Jerry McKenzie
Jerry Leestock McKenzie
Earl Palmer
Charlie Perry
Jesse Price
Howard Robbins
Ed Soph
Bob Varney
Joe Vernon
John Von Ohlen

Percussion

George Acevedo
Mario Alvarez
Nestor Amoral
Larry Bunker
Candido Camero
Frank Carlson
Jack Costanza
Frank DeVito
Steve Dwek
Aviosio Ferriera
Frank Flynn
George Gaber
Saul Gubin
Chico Guerrero
Frank Guerrero
Milt Holland
George Laguna
Raphael Lemos
Efrain Logreira
Ivan Lopez
Ramon Lopez
Tommy Lopez
Jose Mangual
Bernie Mattinson
Roger King Mozian
Jose Oliviera
Steve Ozorio
Mike Pacheco
Eugenio Reyes
Emil Richards
Ruth Ritchie
Miguel Rivera
Ramon Rivera
Willie Rodriguez
Lou Singer
Rene Touzet
Carlos Valdez
Carlos Vidal
Denon Walton
Jose Wiis

STRINGS

Violin

Israel Baker
Harry Bluestone
Jim Cathcart
Earl Cornwell
Phil Davidson
Anthony Doria
Lew Elias
Elliott Fisher
Ben Gill
Jack Gootkin
Barton Gray
Jim Holmes
George Kast
Murray Kellner
Lew Klass
Maurice Koukel
Bernard Kundell
Alex Law
Dan Lube
Alfred Lustgarten
Seb Mercurio
Dwight Muma
Danny Napolitano
Erno Neufeld
Herbert Offner
Carl Ottobrino
Lou Raderman
Isadore Roman
Nathan Ross
Charles Searle
David Schackne
Paul Shure
Marshall Sosson
Ben Zimberoff

Viola

Phillip Goldberg
Stan Harris
Paul Israel
Virginia Majewski
Alex Neimann
Gary Nuttycombe
Myron Sandler
Sanford Schonbach
Lee Selic
Aaron Shapiro
Samuel Singer
David Smiley
David Sterkin

Cello

Gregory Bemko
Zachary Bock
Lex DeAzevedo
Joe DiTullio
Mary Jane Gillan
Gabe Jellen
Armond Kaproff
Robert LaMarcino
Dave Pratt
Kurt Reher
Emmett Sargeant
Joe Saxton
Eleanor Slatkin
Jack Wulfe