The Network XIV

February 1992

Anthony (Tony) J. Agostinelli, Editor
Prologue The number of NETWORKERS has grown to about 970. We added some 150 immediately following the 11th Annual Public Radio tribute to Stanley on WGBH-FM on December 11, 1991. My daughter Kate Agostinelli Spinella handled the phone calls, and we averaged one call every two-three minutes while Ron Della Chiesa, host of MusicAmerica, Leo Curran, Ed Bride and I did the program. Over the years, I have relied on your contributions to pick up the slack, and I made up the difference. Many of you have been so very generous. At the end of the NETWORK, I acknowledge all of you in some way. Now that correspondence, responding to questions, mailing of tape dubs for personal use, printing costs, mailing costs and the like, have grown, your contributions are so much more important. The costs for the printing and the mailing of NETWORK XIV will run to about $650. As of this writing, I had $350 in THE NETWORK bank account. I will make up the difference, and hope that you would consider a contribution, especially, if you have never done so before.


THE OPENER: As you know, I am resisting turning this piece into a subscription newsletter, with printing and mailing deadlines. I prefer to keep it a free, contributions-only, piece. Then, the whole thing is fun, rather than a responsibility for me. Do what you can, if you feel you would like to do so. And for those of you who have contributed — no matter what amount — THANKS!
80TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION: UNLV

In Las Vegas, from February 14-17, 1992 the UNLV Jazz Program, the Department of Music, the Performing Arts Center and the Four Queens Hotel (with the permission of the Kenton Estate) presented "Stan Kenton 80th Birthday Celebration featuring MAYNARD FERGUSON, THE FOUR FRESHMEN, THE CARL FONTANA JAZZ QUARTET, CONTE CANDOLI, BILL PERKINS, BILL TRUJILLO, VINNIE TANNO, ARCHIE LE COQUE, DON MENZA, TOM PORRELLO, BILLY ROOT, TONY SCODWELL, GABE BALTHAAZAR, CHICO ALVAREZ, CARSON SMITH, and other alumni playing in small and large reunion groups. Other Las Vegans who may have been involved were: Jimmy Campbell, Lew Elias, Irv Kluger, Arno Marsh, Jack Montrose, Carl Leach, Norm Prentice, Paul Renzi, Archie Wheller, and Freddie Zito. HANK LEVY & LENNIE NEIHAUS introduced new works commissioned specifically in honor of this occasion in tribute to STAN KENTON. Levy's work is entitled "With The Old Man In Mind," and Niehaus' is bearing the working title of "Kenton Tribute." For further post-event information call: UNLV at 702-739-3801 and/or the Four Queens at 702-285-4011. Word is that the performances would be taped by KNPR radio for broadcast by American Public Radio on more than 140 stations across the country. Check in with your local NPR station and ask to carry the concerts, if they already picked them up on the satellite.



CLEVELAND JAZZ ORCHESTRA'S 5TH ANNUAL TRIBUTE TO STANLEY

The Cleveland Jazz Orchestra presents its "Tribute to Stan Kenton," Friday and Saturday evenings, March 13th and 14th at 8:00 pm in the Tri-C Metro Campus Auditorium at East 30th Street and Woodland Avenue in Cleveland. Four French Horns and extra percussion will be added to CJO for a 24 piece performance. CJO plans to perform: "Artistry In Rhythm," "The National Anthem," "West Side Story Suite," and the first suite from "Cuban Fire." For further information, call: Gary Scott, 216-572-2562. Get on their mailing list for a great big band performance series.



THE SILVER BULLET SWING BAND....did concerts featuring the music of the Stan Kenton Orchestra; directed by Don Pendleton and featuring vocalist, Toni Ballard. The concerts were held at several venues in the Greater Boston, Massachusetts area in October and December. Watch for THE JAZZ AMBASSADORS performing in your area, they have a Kenton medley as part of their program.
BILL RUSSO'S "CLASSIC JAZZ ENSEMBLE," performed his own works with soloists, LEE KONITZ and Orbert C. Davis over the Labor Day weekend. It was broadcast by public radio in Chicago. He composed and performed a special work for Konitz.



"BACK TO BALBOA" MUSIC WAS RECORDED! A boxed set of four compact discs WAS TO HAVE BEEN made available (price not known at the publication of THE NETWORK) of the musical programs of the "Back to Balboa" celebration of Stan Kenton's 50th Anniversary of his debut at the Rendezvous Ballroom, May 30 — June 2, 1991 at Newport, California. Last I heard, they were to be out for February, 1992. DCC Compact Classics was to have distributed them for MAMA Foundation Records. To get on their mailing list, make inquiries to: The MAMA Foundation, 12190 1/2 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 364, Studio City, California 91604. "BACK TO BALBOA" PANEL DISCUSSIONS AVAILABLE! Panel discussions 1 through 8 are being made available on a 7 cassette set. Comments, stories, and information about Stan and the great musicians who were his extended family as told by 40 Kenton alumni panelists, plus reflections by (Stan's son) Lance Kenton. Set includes a program and copy of original 50th Anniversary celebration program pictorial cover. You may purchase these cassettes from: A. James (Jimmy) Valentine, Valentine Recording Studios, 5330 Laurel Canyon Boulevard, North Hollywood, California 91607, phone 818-769-1515. "BACK TO BALBOA" VIDEO IS AVAILABLE! Write or call to: Jack Oswald, President, Goal Productions, Inc.,2027 North Lake Avenue, Altadena, California 91001, 818-797-7668.



CHEERS TO KLON-FM

If you STILL haven't yet written your THANKS & PLAUDITS to Jay Roebuck, Ken Poston, Lisa Dante, Steve Barker and others, please do so NOW: KLON-FM 88.1, A Division of Pacific Public Radio, 1288 North Bellflower Boulevard, Long Beach, California 90815-4198; there are still some few memorabilia for purchase, left, also.



SOURCES FOR VIDEOS, RECORDS, ETC.

The week doesn't go by that I receive a request for information about sources to purchase records, videos, books, photographs, etc. In the past NETWORKS, I have passed along that information. So, if you need that information, look to NETWORK XII for the most current list. If you need to have that list, drop me a note. The list includes — direct sales, auctions, and the like.

You'll always have to have this information at your fingertips: CREATIVE WORLD RECORDS, GNP Crescendo, 8400 Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood, California 90069, 213-656-2614; to order your LPs and CDs.

Also, you may want to request the "Double Time" Jazz Discount Jazz LPs & CDs catalogue from: Jamey D. Aebersold, P.O. Box 1244, New Albany, IN 47151-1244; you'll find a major selection of CDs & LPs in Jamey's catalogue.

STAN KENTON VIDEO STILL AVAILABLE FROM RAY ANTHONY'S AEROSPACE COMPANY:
FRED AUGERMAN's May 6/7, 1977 video of the Kenton band at the Leisure Lodge, Cambridge, Ontario is still available from Ray Anthony's Aerospace Label! To purchase a copy, write or call Ray Anthony, Big Band 80s, Los Angeles, CA. 9288 Kinglet Drive, Los Angeles, California. Phone — 1-800-845-2263 or 213-858-1980.......AND, STILL ANOTHER KENTON VIDEO FROM 1972: Another video of the Stan Kenton Orchestra is available from England. Dave Kay, is making available: THE STAN KENTON ORCHESTRA IN HOLLAND. This video was recorded on February 5, 1972 in Schouburg, Rotterdam. It is available for 15 English Pounds Sterling plus 3 Pounds 50 for postage and packing (18 Pounds 50 total). The video will be made available in VHS USA (NTSC) format so no conversion is necessary. You may use an International Money Order, VISA or Access. Order from: Dave Kay, K Jazz Productions, 29 May Road, Rochester, Kent, ME1 2HY, England. Phone — MEDWAY 011-634-405698 (I never could figure out the telephone numbering system for Europe)(!).




WHO'S DOING WHAT, WITH WHOM, AND OTHER STUFF!

If you don't let me know what you're doing, I can't write it up here. So drop me a note about what you are up to — day jobbing, gigging, recordings, etc.


MAYNARD FERGUSON. (Editor's Note: I read the following recently in Maynard's Fanatics For Ferguson, MF's fanzine.): " 'The Hall of Fame' category (in Down Beat) is what holds your editor's attention...1991 saw Lee Morgan elected. Next in order of voting was Dave Brubeck, J. J. Johnson, Gerry Mulligan, al certainly deserving of the voting and honor. Maynard Ferguson was 5th in the voting....(he) deserves his rightful place in the Down Beat 'Hall of Fame' soon." (Editor's Note: watch for the 'zine and vote for Maynard this time 'round....just think, 970 votes for him if we all do it!)(Editor's Note, Again: if you want on their list, write: Maynard Ferguson Fan Club, 1745 Houston Ct., New Albany, IN 47150). Look for CD, "Six By Six," Heritage 512918L.


DAVE BARDUHN is currently Director of the award-winning Jazz Studies Program at Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham, Oregon. As a professional arranger/composer, he has written for Stan Kenton, Richie Cole, Bobby Shew, and the Four Freshmen. His association with Jenson/Hal Leonard has made him one of the most widely published writers of educational jazz music in America. He is currently on the staff of the Bud Shank and Frank DeMiero Jazz Camps and is Director of the Mt. Hood Festival of Jazz Instrumental Workshop held each August in conjunction with the Mt. Hood Festival of Jazz. Dave also is frequently asked to serve as quest conductor for the All-State jazz groups including the IAJE Community College All-Star Bands at the San Diego and New Orleans international conventions. (Editor's note: Way to go, Bardoooon).


Although, BOBBY SHEW, trumpeter, was not a Bill Lee listed alumnus of the Kenton bands, he has played some great concerts featuring Kenton music. His most recent effort with the BBC and other orchestras demonstrate his professionalism, talent and technique. He is deserving of more attention of NETWORKERS.


RICK CONDIT has been Director of Jazz Studies and Professor of Saxophone at McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana. He currently serves as IAJE Division Coordinator for Central and South America and is past president of the Louisiana IAJE unit. Rick's performance background includes 18 months as solo tenor player with the Stan Kenton Orchestra, in addition to 10 years free lance work in the San Francisco area. He is currently a clinician for the Selmer Company, he has toured in Central America as a guest of the Partners of the Americas, and the U.S. Information Service, and returns at their request this spring.


MARVIN STAMM was born in Memphis, Tennessee. He received his Bachelor of Music degree from North Texas State University and became a featured soloist with the Stan Kenton Orchestra. After two years with Kenton, he worked with many name acts in the show bands of Reno, Nevada and in 1965 he toured with Woody Herman throughout the U.S., Europe and Africa. Later he moved to New York and became involved in studio work for TV and radio commercials, and he recorded with top performers such as Burt Bacharach, Quincy Jones, Mick Jagger, Aretha Franklin, Bob Mintzer, and others. He is a Getsen clinician and performing artist. His CD, "Bop Boy is on Heritage Jazz 513003L. (Heritage Jazz, P.O. Box 398, Oakhurst, NJ 07755-0398).


MEL LEWIS and Thad Jones, along with Rufus Reid and Harold Danko, are also on Heritage Jazz records, 512743H. MEL LEWIS' "To You," CD tribute by members of his orchestra is still available from Jazz Heritage 512903Z. RALPH BLAZE, is gigging around southern California with a trio, quartet, quintet, sextet and orchestra. Saw him at the Balboa Bash....a little more hirsute, but not changed much. (Ralph, we met at the Rocky Point Palladium in Rhode Island, when we were school kids; I got in for free to see the plaid jacketed Kenton band, because I carried in your guitar — you may not remember. It was a "gas" for me!)


Robert Pettibone is working harder still on his bio-discography of CHARLIE MARIANO. If you have anything you want to get to him, let me know, and I'll put you both in contact. Jack Hartley is working on a bio-disco of JOHNNY RICHARDS; same goes for him. DAN SALMASIAN, along with the Florida Atlantic College jazz ensemble, performed a tribute to Stanley in January.


ALAN YANKEE has released a new CD entitled, "Al Yankee Conducting in the Stan Kenton Style," Klavier KD-77001, recorded in December of 1990 (Klavier Records, 27134 Paseo Espada #202, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675, 714-248-7234, FAX 714-248-7234. BILL PERKINS has a new CD out in tribute to Woody Herman on Craig records from Arizona. MICHAEL "Chick" CICCHETTI, former reed man with the Stan Kenton orchestra, passed away on January 4, 1992. Chick worked with Tony Pastor, Teddy Powell, Mal Hallett, Boots Mussulli, Al Conte (pianist with Guy Lombardo) and others.


MIKE VAX is now keeping in touch with his public. Charles Dunham is the Editor of Mike's "Mike Vax and his Great America Jazz Band Fan Club." It is an informative piece and if you want to know what Mike and his associates are doing, drop Mike or Charles a line at: Post Office Box 2007, Victorville, California 92393. If you want to book him, call at 415-427-6666 or 415-427-6789. He recently played many gigs in Washington, California and Hungary (with the Benko Jazz Band). Mike has worked with Stanley, the Dukes of Dixieland, Buddy De Franco Glenn Miller Orchestra, Ray McKinley, Cab Calloway, Pee Wee Hunt, and Toni Tennille. He is the director of Jazz Studies at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California. He is director of a half-dozen or more California, Nevada and Washington jazz festivals. He is also a continuing member of Conrad Janis' Beverly Hills Unlisted jazz group. Vax's and DICK SHEARER'S Kenton tribute concert last spring in Cupertino, CA is available; write: Johnson Digital Audio, 467 Saratoga Avenue, Suite 627, San Jose, California 95129.


ART PEPPER may no longer be with us but his recordings on Original Jazz Classics records are still in evidence: OJC 676 through 680 — "Landscape," " Winter Moon," "One September Afternoon," "Goin' Home," & "Arthur's Blues." His "Art Pepper + Eleven," is also available from Jazz Heritage (see below). JUNE CHRISTY'S music is still available on "Two Marvelous For Words," Starline Cassettes SLC 61002, and on Jasmine CD 2528, "A Lovely Way To Spend An Evening." Tom Smith and Lillian Arganian write of Frank Kirkman of the Blue Ridge Community College (in Michigan, Pennsylvania or Virginy [??]), is promoting music "in the style of Kenton/Christy/O'Day." Kirkman is looking for a photo of June Christy; if you can oblige him, send it to me, and I will forward it to Arganian. Whew! ANITA O'DAY's Emily Productions has videos, cassettes and LPs of Anita's for sale; write for information to: PO Box 27735, Las Vegas, Nevada 89126-1935. BILL FRITZ sent information about the Drury College Big Band Jazz Camp — June 21-26 for 1992. Last year JOHN HARNER, DENNIS NODAY, BILL FRITZ, and some other stalwarts were on board.


BILL TRUJILLO played an important role in the UNLV Tribute to Stanley. He plays on the Frank Sinatra, Jr. band; works with MIKE SMITH & BUDDY CHILDERS; plays frequently at the "Four Queens" in Las Vegas. ALLEN SCOTT turned up two articles in the October, 1991 issue of Jazz Arizona, by Les Felton, Jr., and Barry M. Black, about the KLON-FM, "Back to Balboa Reunion."(Thanks, Allen!). BOB CURNOW continues to do well with his Sierra Music Publishing business. He continues to compose and arrange for publication. He has served his last year on the Board of Directors of the IAJE this year. I am sure that Dennis Tini, new prexy will have some important assignment for him. He conducted the Irvine, California alumni tribute to Stanley, with the Four Freshmen, on November 17th put on by Ken Allan for the last four years.


PETER C. NEWMAN, former editor of Maclean's in Canada, author of many books including "The Canadian Establishment," and "The Merchant Princes," (about the Hudson's Bay Company, is one of the significant authorities on the music of big band leader, Stan Kenton. He appeared on the CBC Radio 690 "Hot Air" program, played the music of Stanley's orchestras and chatted with host, Gordon Hunt on November 30, 1991, usually heard on Saturdays at around 5:00 pm.


In July, at a not-so-well attended, but a musically soaring gig, SHORTY ROGERS, CONTE CANDOLI, BUD SHANK, BOB COOPER, BILL PERKINS, PETE JOLLY, MONTY BUDWIG, & LAWRENCE MARABLE did a "Lighthouse All-Stars" program on the BBC in England in connection with the Birmingham Jazz Festival. Paul Cacia is currently working on a CD with a Latin influence that will feature his wife, Janine Cameo; other musicians featured will be Louis Bellson, Paul Smith, Buddy Collette, DON MENZA and JACK NIMITZ. Arrangements are by: BILL HOLMAN, PETE RUGOLO, Billy May, and Sammy Nestico. Paul says the "sound of the album will be a combination of STAN KENTON and Prez Prado." Paul Cacia led the tribute band to PETE RUGOLO in November of 1990 with many Kenton alumni.


CHET BALL, one of the earlier Kenton alumni would like to hear from you still; he is at the Alden Terrace Convalescent Hospital, 1240 South Hoover Street, Los Angeles, California 90006, or call at 213-382-8461. MARY FETTIG is gigging around the San Francisco area; doing Broadway Shows which come through. And is working with a Brazilian Fusion group called, "Interaction." She has some three Concord recordings out, and has worked the Concord Jazz Fstival.



Seen at the annual IAJE (International Association of Jazz Educators' Convention in January in Miami were: MANNY ALBAM, RAY AVERY, DAVE BARDUHN, MATT BETTON, LEON BREEDEN, RICK CONDIT, BOB CURNOW, CLEM DE ROSA, DON ERJAVEC, AL & NAN FLUCK, TIM HAGANS, BILL LEE, BILL RUSSO, DAN SALMASIAN, MARVIN STAMM, JACK STANDMIER, BILL YEAEGER, and others.


This Editor delivered a paper entitled, Eddie Safranski: A Retrospective. (Editor's Note: I had intended to do a small piece for THE NETWORK, but it got out of hand and developed into a lengthy research presentation with bibliography and discography. If you want a copy, send SASE 9 x 12 envelope with three 29 cent stamps on it.)



THE FOUR FRESHMEN APPRECIATION SOCIETY (FFAS)

FLAN (Bob Flanigan) and the FOUR FRESHMEN are still going quite strong. You'll need to become a member of FFAS for all sorts of good news about what they are up to. In the past I have published their itinerary — this time, there is a space problem. FFAS has a "Music Mart," and CDs, LPs, videos, and some singles are available for modest prices. As a teaser for you, they will be in your area soon, so write:


THE FOUR FRESHMEN APPRECIATION SOCIETY

John Bangs, President/Manager, 738 Monroe Street, Oshkosh, Wisconsin 54901-4649
Phone: 1-414-426-4284 (PAY FOR THE CALL, IT WOULD HELP FFAS OUT IMMENSELY)

Current Frosh are: BOB FLANIGAN, AUTIE GOODMAN, GREG STEGEMAN & MIKE BEISNER.




IVOR DEACH AND THE SHADES JAZZ ORCHESTRA

A new title for a great UK musical aggregation; import venues are still being used by The Shades. JIGGS WHIGHAM recorded 13 tracks with the band — TDK has released it. For copies of the recording, write: Ivor Deach, Shades of Jazz Orchestra, 16 Hillingdon Road, Whitefield, Manchester, England, UK.




THE JAZZ ARTS GROUP OF COLUMBUS

THE JAZZ ARTS GROUP OF COLUMBUS (JAG) continues to enroll subscribers to the annual guest artist series. In April, 1992, Ray Eubanks and JAG will again do their umpty-ump tribute to Stanley. So write or call for your series subscription: JAG, 709 College Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43209, telephone: 614-231-7836. "Ray! Is the Kenton gig sold out yet?



KENTON ORCHESTRAL CHARTS AVAILABLE: MARINA MUSIC SERVICE, 8886 42nd Avenue, Box 46159, Seattle, Washington 98126, 1-800-331-4528, Fax 1-206-938-0669 has charts used in the various Stan Kenton Orchestras for sale. Send for catalogue of prices! BOB CURNOW is still writing, composing and arranging. Get his charts by writing him at: SIERRA MUSIC, S 1292 Starr Lane, Liberty Lake, WA 99019.



I'M STILL LOOKING FOR......AND RESPONSE TO AN INQUIRY

(1) A dub of the second premier concert of the Neophonic in January of 1966.

(2) A tape of the Kenton band at the Newport Jazz Festival Big Bands' Day at Saratoga, New York. Can you supply either?


Joe Morello, according to Down Beat, did play as a substitute for Stan Levey for a short period on the Kenton band before going with Marian McPartland.

CAPITOL AND MOSAIC RECORDS RELEASING KENTON MATERIAL!


TED DARYLL, of Ted Daryll Productions, 120 Onondaga Street, Yonkers, New York 10704 914-376-2579, is "working on a series of reissues from the Kenton repertoire at Capitol Records." Two releases have resulted thus far. The first is CUBAN FIRE on CD only with several bonus cuts (to fill out the 70+ minutes that are available on a CD)(See information on list below).


The second is STAN KENTON: THE COMPLETE CAPITOL RECORDINGS OF THE BILL RUSSO & BILL HOLMAN CHARTS (released on Mosaic)


Still scheduled for release in the IMMEDIATE FUTURE, I am told, is a four-volume CD-set covering Kenton's entire 25-year association with Capitol. The volumes will be divided into the 1940s, 1950-1954, 1955-1959, and 1960 through 1968," according to Ted.


Ted writes that "additional releases being prepared include CD-issues of: CONTEMPORARY CONCEPTS, KENTON IN HI-FI (Stereo), SKETCHES IN STANDARDS, & PORTRAITS IN STANDARDS." And, look for the 5-CD Japanese Capitol release.




MOSAIC RECORDS

"Order Now!" STAN KENTON: THE COMPLETE CAPITOL RECORDINGS OF THE HOLMAN AND RUSSO CHARTS. 6-LPs (MR6-136) — $60.00; 4-CDs (MRD-136) — $60.00. There are shipping and handling charges. Contact: Mike Cuscuna, Mosaic Records, 35 Melrose Place, Stamford, Connecticut 06902. Phone: 203-327-7111 (10 am to 5 pm)



HERE ARE SOME RECORDINGS THAT I KNOW ABOUT

ARTISTRY IN SYMPHONIC JAZZ. Rendezvous Productions. RCD 1111. May 11, 1977.
BIRTHDAY IN BRITAIN. Creative World. STD 1065. Feb 19, 1973.
CUBAN FIRE. Capitol Records. CDP 7-9260-2. May, 1956 & Sep, 1960.
(Includes: Tres Corazones, Malibu Moonlight, El Panzon, Carnival, Wagon,
& Early Hours {Lady Luck})
IN A MELLOW MOOD. (1957-1958) Total TRCD 3001
KENTON'S CHRISTMAS. Capitol Records. CDP 7 94451 2
KENTON '76. Creative World. STD 1076
LIVE, 1957-1958. (1957, '58 & '59) Total TRCD 3002
LIVE AT BUTLER. Creative World. STD 1058.
NEW CONCEPTS OF ARTISTRY IN RHYTHM. Capitol Records. CP32-5184 (Jap).
ROAD SHOW. Capitol Records. CDP 7-96328-2. Oct 10, 1959.
7.5 ON THE RICHTER SCALE. Creative World STD 1070.
STAN KENTON: GIANTS OF THE BIG BAND ERA. Magma 44 2048-2 (with Mellophoniums).
STAN KENTON IN LONDON. (# unknown). London/Decca. 2 CDs. 1972.
STAN KENTON: JAZZ YEARS. Swedish Radio. SRJCD - 104. Apr 16, 1956.
STAN KENTON: A TRUE COLLECTORS ITEM. Jazz Archives. 90.108-2. 1953.
STAN KENTON'S 1951 BAND. Rendezvous CDs. CD-1001. Feb/Mar, 1951.
SWING BACK WITH STAN KENTON & YOUR FAVORITE BIG BAND HITS.
B & C Records. CD 74078-2 (Sound '62 Material).
STAN KENTON. Japanese Capitol TOCJ-5651 to -5655 (5-CDs)
(1941-1954).
BIG BAND COLE. Capitol CDP 96259 2. (Kenton/Cole cuts from 50s-60s)
STAN KENTON'S CONCERTS IN MINIATURE. Nostalgia Cassette 1587. (4/52).


SEND CONTRIBUTIONS TO STAN KENTON SCHOLARSHIP FUND!
C/O IAJE, POST OFFICE BOX 724, MANHATTAN, KANSAS 66502




A STAN KENTON STAMP SOMEDAY?

In a couple of previous NETWORKS, this Editor reminded NETWORKERS to write to the Postmaster General to encourage, urge, demand that a postage stamp be struck of Stan Kenton. Jimmy and Eve Valentine remind me again that the USPS is "presently considering a proposal for a series of USA postage stamps honoring various American musicians, singers, big band leaders and composers for their contribution to American music history." They write, "Now is the time for ALL NETWORKERS to write and reiterate the many contributions that Stanley made to American music, especially in pioneering and invigorating jazz educations in colleges." So, NETWORKERS — send a letter to Anthony M. Frank, The Postmaster General, Washington, DC 20260-0010, and let him know how we feel. 970 letters (the number of NETWORKERS) would be one large outpouring of mail? So get on it.




DICK MEYER'S COLLAGES

New NETWORKER, DICK MEYER, produces COLLAGES of Stan Kenton, big bands and jazz subjects. They are xeroxed pictures glued and built up on different thickness of cardboard, creating a collage shadow box. They are black, white and multi-colored and range in size from 8 x 10 to 20 x 24. There are two formats: (1) collage built in black wooden frame; and, (2) usually a chrome frame, matted with glass — smaller and with fewer pictures. The price range is from $80 to $200 plus shipping dependent on size, color, frame, etc. 3-6 week delivery. If you're interested: DICK MEYER,6507 Kentucky View Drive, Cincinnati, Ohio 45230, 513-232-3750.




JOYCE RECORD CLUB

....is still accepting members; they sell LPs of all the big bands and selected discographies, including the three-volume Stan Kenton discography. Get on their mailing list: Charlie Garrod, Joyce Record Club, Inc., Box 1687, Zephyrhills, Florida 33539.




BBC BIG BAND CLUB

If you are not already a member, I would urge you to join. The benefits are many, the music is world-class, and the associations with others are superb. In the United Kingdom, write or call, Dennis Legg, Honorable Secretary, BBC Big Band Club, BBC Studios, Delaware Road, Maida Vale, London W9 2LG, England, telephone: 081-462-4559. The BBC Big Band will be at Broward Community College on March 27th; I am told that they will do a few of the Kenton charts. In June of last year, under the baton of conductor, Barry Forgie, JIGGS WHIGHAM, and Bobby Shew did a number of Kenton band charts, live, from Royal Festival Hall, which was recorded and subsequently broadcast on BBC, in September, I believe. The compositions played were: "Artistry In Rhythm," "Artistry Jumps," "Opus In Pastels," "Peanut Vendor," "Eager Beaver," "Interlude," "Intermission Riff," "Concerto To End All Concertos," "Over The Rainbow," "Kingfish," "Collaboration," "My Funny Valentine," "Malaga," "Maynard Ferguson," "What's New," and "Get Out Of Town." When they are in Florida, GO SEE AND HEAR THEM!




SON OF NETWORK

Another grouping of Kentonians has gathered themselves in England, and call themselves, "Son of Network" (thanks, chaps). If you want to be in touch with them, get in touch with: Murray Patterson, 9 Western Avenue, Barton-on-Sea, New Milton, Hants, BH25 7PY, telephone: 0425-619501.




BACK TO BALBOA: ONE MORE TIME
By Jeff Thompson

On May 30, 1941, Stan Kenton debuted as a bandleader at the Rendezvous Ballroom on Balboa Island. Fifty years later, the jazz cognoscenti from around the world gathered in nearby Newport Beach to celebrate the Man and his music.

For the rabid Kenton fan, the Reunion was nostalgic heaven; for the musicians, arrangers and others associated with the band, it was a time to reminisce old times and hang out with former bandmates; for big band jazz in the '90s, it was a show of good health; for everyone involved, it was a great success. Over 500 people paid $225 to attend for jam packed days of panel discussions, films, a cruise, a dinner dance, Kenton memorabilia sales and lots of concerts. If you wanted to know about Kenton, his players or his music, the was the place to be.

The Reunion was held on the grounds of the Hyatt Newporter Resort Inn. The panel discussion were held outside in its Terrace Arbor. The big band concerts were given under the sun in a grassy amphitheatre Two special alumni spectaculars were done from a large stage erected in the parking lot, where tableclothed tables abounded, Boston Pops style. The primary host was Ken Poston, the director of concert promotions for the Long Beach based KLON-FM 88.1, the Los Angeles area's 24 hour jazz radio station, and now beamed by satellite to many major markets. The young Poston proved to be a remarkable tour guide. He had obviously studied his Kenton history well and introduced multitudes of musicians and others without a slip. His confident patience allayed the tensions of superfans eager to see and hear their musical heroes.

Buddy Childer's Big Band opened the musical proceedings shortly before noon on Thursday. Childers had one of the longest tenures with the band. He started in the '40s at the age of 16 and played through to the mid '50s. The leader's trumpet was featured along with Matt Catingub's alto and the vocals of Diane Varga. She sang "Almost Like Being in Love," "After the Lights Go Down Low," and the rare lyrics to "Bernie's Tune." Herb Philips' arrangement of Duke Pearson's "Jeanine," featured solos by Childers on fluegelhorn, Steve Wilkerson on tenor, Roy Wiegand on trombone and Ray Reed on alto. Trombonist Bob Payne played on Steve Taylor's version of "My Funny Valentine." Written originally for Toshiko Akiyoshi, Catingub's composition, "Looking Up Old Friends," had himself, Childers and pianist Gaffney soloing. Buddy told of the recent passing of the record producer Albert Marx. Marx had done Buddy's big band album, Just Buddy's for his Trend label.

Bob Cooper's tenor saxophone led a quartet by the pool during lunch. A common remark was how relaxed an smooth Coop sounded.

The little known Tom Talbert Jazz Orchestra played Thursday afternoon. This was probably the most subtle and least bombastic band of the four day affair. Featured soloists were: Steve Hufstetter and Bob Summers on trumpets, Andy Martin on trombone and Brian Scanlon and Bob Efford on alto and tenor respectively. Talbert did all his own arrangements and played piano. Ellington's "Ko-Ko," Cole Porter's "What Is This Thing Called Love?," and several Talbert originals, including part of his Louisiana Suite, were played.

Thursday evening buses took the fans to a short tour of the Balboa Peninsula. Next to an old fashioned bandstand/gazebo in a park overlooking Balboa pier, was a plaque commemorating the band and its original members. Down the block, was another plaque on the site of the old Rendezvous dance club which had burned down in the mid-sixties.

Thursday night concluded with a dinner concert by Shorty Rogers' Big Band held in the Balboa Pavilion restaurant. While the crowd heaped buffet on their plates, Rogers played his charts, many of them in a relaxed, easy swinging Basie mode. Again, Steve Hufstetter's trumpet was featured along with Shorty's own idiosyncratic fluegelhorn playing. Saxophonists Lanny Morgan, Harold Land, Coop again, and Bill Perkins took solo space. Trombonists Bob Enevoldsen, Mike Fahnm, Eddie Bert and Buster Cooper contributed improvisations. The rhythm section of Pete Jolly, Monte Budwig and drummer Paul Humphrey each took solo turns.

Friday at mid-day it was altoist Bud Shank's turn to front a quartet by the pool. "Embraceable You," and a medley of Johnny Mandel's "Emily" and "A Time For Love," were among the selections.

Friday afternoon turned out to be the showcase for the music program of California State University at Long Beach. The CSULB jazz orchestra, including strings and french horns, played compositions from Kenton's Innovations in Modern Music era of the early '50s. Bob Graettinger's "Incident in Jazz," and Chico O'Farrill's, "Cuban Episode" began the concert with regular director John Prince at the helm. British bandleader and longtime Kenton friend, Vic Lewis conducted "Evening in Pakistan" by Franklyn Marks, "Soliloquy" by Johnny Richards and "Interlude" by Pete Rugolo. Rugolo himself conducted his chart of "Salute" (to the Americas), and Many Albam came up to lead his composition, "Nostalgico." This featured Bud Shank at length on alto. It was a bravura performance by Shank, one of many inspired solos he would deliver at the Reunion. Interesting that Bud had read down the chart only once or twice in rehearsal!

The afternoon continued with the jazz vocal choir from CSULB. Led by director Michelle Ware, and guest conducted by Pete Rugolo, 7 women and 6 men sang arrangements from two Rugolo arranged albums — Four Freshmen and Five Trombones, and Kenton's Artistry in Voices and Brass. A five man trombone section led by San Diego State faculty member, Bill Yaeger, backed up the jazz choir. "Love Is Just Around the Corner," was followed by "Intermission Riff," "Speak Low," "Painted Rhythm," "Midnight Sun," "It's Love," "Bolero," "You Made Me Love You," "Solitaire," "Eager Beaver," and "Night Song. "You Made Me Love You," included a special dedication sung to Rugolo. "Night Song," is the vocal version of "Artistry In Rhythm." It would be one of the many appearances of Kenton's theme during the Reunion. (Editor's Note: it snuck up on me; and tears welled up in my eyes, as I was overcome by emotion!)

Friday afternoon closed with the much anticipated performance of the Bill Holman Band. Holman, once called the dean of big band writers, did not disappoint. Three buy now familiar players, Huffstetter, Coop and Lanny Morgan, soloed on "Certain Circles." Ron Stout, long featured with Woody Herman's band, confirmed his promise with fine solos on both harmon muted and open trumpet. Trombonist Rick Culver blew on both "St Thomas," and "Moon of Monakura." Culver would show up again with several bands. "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat," was Bob Cooper's all alone. Holman's arrangement of "Just Friends," featured fantastic ensemble choruses played at break neck speed that were a true highlight of the Reunion. The encore was Thelonious Monks's "I Mean You," featuring the soprano saxes of Bobby Militello, Ray Herman and Morgan. Holman provided the weekend's biggest understatement when he modestly referred to his masterful charts as arrangements.

Saturday's poolside lunch had Bill Perkins, his tenor and quartet. Frank Strazzeri was the pianist. To my mind, it was not one of Perk's strongest outings.

That afternoon there was a concert by the Mark Masters Jazz Orchestra. Masters had agreed to present the difficult, controversial music of Bob Graettinger. Graettinger was a Kenton arranger who combined a modern classical background including twelve tone row influences with jazz. First, Masters showed off his own charts of Billy Harper's "Priestess," Strayhorn's "Passion Flower," and a slow jazz waltz treatment of Coltrane's "Giant Steps." Danny House, the former Basie band alto saxophonist impressed on "Passion Flower." Hopefully, these pieces will appear in Master's third album, to have been recorded in January. Masters then presented Graettinger versions of standards like: "You Go To My Head," "Autumn in New York," "April in Paris," and, "Laura." Trombonist Rick Culver was on this band also to solo on "Autumn," ex Herman trumpeter, Kai Palmer played on "Laura." House soloed again on a Graettinger original, "The Beachcomber." Masters told of the premiere of "Thermopylae" in the early '50s in Iowa, presumably before a bewildered audience. The most difficult composition that Masters' musicians did was "City of Glass," done in the four sections. This portion of his set had not jazz solos and would be at home in a modern symphonic concert. The encore was the last portion of "Artistry in Rhythm." The young Masters was much discussed for the rest of the weekend as a good sign for the future of contemporary big bands. One man nominated him to be the leader of any Kenton "ghost" band that might arise. (Editor's Note: not at all possible under the terms of Stanley's will.)

Late Saturday afternoon the Lee Konitz quartet appeared poolside. Heavyweight players Alan Broadbent on piano, Tottie Heath on drums and Charlie Haden on bass accompanied Konitz. Konitz decided on honoring Kenton by dedicating a heartfelt version of "I Remember You."

Saturday night was the first of two Stan Kenton Alumni Band concerts. Held in the parking lot, the band was truly an all-star one, with many of the players being former Kenton sidemen. On trumpets were Conte and Pete Candoli, Buddy Childers, Frank Szabo, Chuck Finley and Steve Huffstetter. On trombones were Eddie Bert, Rick Culver, Jiggs Whigham, Dick "Slide" Hyde, Dick Nash and George Roberts. The saxes were Bob Cooper and Bill Perkins on tenor, Gabe Baltazar and Bud Shank (who split the lead) on alto, and Jack Nimitz on baritone. The rhythm section included: Pete Donald on drums, Ralph Blaze on guitar, Monte Budwig on bass, Jack Costanza on bongos and congas, and Tom Rainier on piano. Pete Rugolo conducted the opening of the concert playing "Artistry in Rhythm," "Eager Beaver," "Collaboration," "Love For Sale," and, "Intermission Riff." The first guest of the evening was Anita O'Day with her music director, the tenor saxophonist, Gordon Brisker. After dueting with bassist Budwig on "Honeysuckle Rose," O'Day sang her big hit with Kenton, "And Her Tears Flowed Like Wine." The band continued with "Peanut Vendor," the sax section feature, "Opus In Pastels," "Machito," "Artistry In Percussion" and "Concerto To End All Concertos" to end the first set.

Rugolo returned for the second set with guest Laurindo Almeida on guitar; Almeida played "Artistry In Rhythm," in boss nova fashion, followed by "Interlude," and "Mirage." Bill Russo came on to direct for his boyhood friend, Lee Konitz on alto. Jiggs Whigham was most impressive as the trombone soloist on Russo's "Solitaire." Shorty Rogers was brought on to lead features for first, Bob Cooper and then Gabe Baltazar. Trumpet player Maynard Ferguson was the next guest. He played on "Take the A Train," and Bud Powell's "Un Poco Loco," to close the second set.

Shorty opened the third set with "Jolly Rogers," and "Round Robin." Bill Holman, whose mid '50s Kenton charts were much talked about during the Reunion, conducted several of them here. First up was "Fearless Finlay," dedicated to Zoot Sims. Lee Konitz guested on "In Lighter Vein." "Kingfish," was followed by a Bud Shank feature, "Stella By Starlight." Next was "Stompin' At The Savoy," which led to Holman's arrangement of "Malaguena." Rugolo led "Artistry" again to close the show.

Throughout, Whigham and Hyde split the lead trombone book. Conte, Baltazar and Shank soled often. The ensemble sounded tightest for Holman's pieces, which flowed from the band as easily as they must flow from his pen. (Editor's Note: I believe that if it weren't for Buddy Childers, there would have been many major train wrecks during the performances.)

Sunday morning brought the appearance of Bob Florence's Limited Edition. Asked at one point who else wrote for his band, Florence replied, "Nobody. I don't let anyone else near it." Simply put, Florence and Holman are two of the very best big band craftsmen active today. Members of the audience who had been enjoying the Reunion from the beginning were not longer surprised by another appearance by Rick Culver, Steve Hufstetter or Lanny Morgan. Florence opened with a revised chart on "Willowcrest," which was done years ago by Buddy Rich's band. "Bebop Charlie," followed with a fine solo by Alex Iles on trombone. Florence deftly wove "Artist In Rhythm" into his piano sol on "All The Things You Are." "Here and Now" which had been done by Kenton's 1966 Neophonic orchestra featured Lanny Morgan at a very up tempo and Hufstetter — whose fluegelhorn feature on "Silky," was another highlight of the weekend. Florence backed the solo with bucket muted trombones, 4 clarinets, bass clarinet and contrabass clarinet. One of the more recent Florence works was called "Big Band Treasure Chest." It was chock full of quotes and excerpts from famous big band tunes. The closer was "Auld Lang Syne," with Bob Efford's warm baritone work as another Reunion highlight. The arrangement also used sectional solis by the trombones and saxes, with a brass chorale at one point.

Sunday lunch served up Gabe Baltazar. The alto saxophonist who spends his time in Hawaii now, was on the Kenton bands of the late '50s and early '60s as altoist. Baltazar brought rhythm section mates form the Island with him and the standard "Green Dolphin Street," became "Green Mahi-mahi Street."

Sunday afternoon was one of the most popular concerts of the four day Reunion. Maynard Ferguson and his trumpet fronted the Big Bop Nouveau Band. "Blue Birdland" was again Maynard's opener, followed by Dennis Di Blasio's treatment of "Night In Tunisia." Fluegelhornist Peter Olsted and Trey Henry on bass soloes on "In A Mellotone," "Hit and Run" ("dedicated to our booking agency"), followed. Pianist Christian Jacob played at length on the ballad "But Beautiful." Then Chris Braymen's arrangement of "St. Thomas" with Bobby Millitello on alto, Mike Fahn on valve trombone, Alex Iles on slide trombone and Olsted and Ferguson on trumpets. The closer was a medley of Maynard's hits which included: "MacArthur Park," "Maria," "Chameleon," and "Hey Jude." During the playing of "Hey Jude," the horn players walked throughout the audience, soloing and popping high notes at will. Near pandemonium reigned which was not resolved by an encore of "Birdland." Maynard is now 63 with all white hair, but he still can get a crowd excited with his piercing trumpet and energetic band. The find of the concert was the young French pianist form the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Christian Jacob. He soloed on "Tunisia," "Hit And Run," "But Beautiful," and "St. Thomas." Each time he caught the ear. My prediction is that he will stay on the tour less than a year. Like Christopher Hollyday before him, he is simply too big a talent to be contained in the band.

The last concert of the Reunion was the second show by the Stan Kenton Alumni Band. The members were the same as on Saturday night. Bill Russo began the evening with a Conte Candoli feature, "Portrait of a Count," followed by "Egdon Heath," and "Sweets" (dedicated to Harry Edison). Russo running mate, Lee Konitz played "Lover Man," with just the rhythm and then a Russo original with the band called "My Lady." Russo's segment concluded with "23oN 82oW," the coordinates for Havana, Cuba. Singer Chris Connor was the next guest, performing "If I Should Lose You," and "I Get A Kick Out of You," with the rhythm section. Buddy Childers conducted the band as she sang "All About Ronnie," which she dedicated to June Christy. Connor was in great voices and the crowd was reluctant to let her go. Hank Levy was the next guest conductor. His arrangement of "A Time for Love," "the only ballad chart I ever wrote for Stan" unleashed the majestic power of the full band augmented by five French horns. Levy's, "A Smith Named Greg," was retitled "A Baltazar Named Gabe," for the evening.

Lennie Niehaus was the guest conductor for the beginning of the second set. The band did his arrangements of "Just in Time," "It's All Right with Me," and Russ Freeman's "The Wind." "Pennies" was the first chart Niehaus had written for Kenton in 1952 and unbeknownst to him, it was recorded and issued while Niehaus was serving in the Army. He related the story of being released from duty and hearing his work for the first time on a restaurant's jukebox. Niehaus' contributions closed with a composition written for the Neophonic Orchestra called, "A Total Adventure." "I don't have a score, I'll conduct from my trumpet 1 part." Shank, Hufstetter and Perkins soloed. Finally Marty Paich was introduced to conduct his works. Paich is better known for his charts for backing up singers or for his own occasional Dek-Tette. But he showed his skill at the big band form with several fine pieces. Paich's very emphatic conducting echoed Kenton's own. A powerful brassy band and the alto of Baltazar ignited "My Old Flame." "The Big Chase" had solos from Perkins, Baltazar and Shank, Hufstetter, Whigham and Bert. Recording engineer Wally Heider had commissioned Paich to do up "Body and Soul" for Kenton's 70th birthday. Bud Shank and his alto took the place of Stan's piano. The band added more lush, thick, heavy brass. Paich closed with his work for the 1965 orchestra called "Neophonic Impressions." "We rehearsed as much as we could. We'll try to give it as good a performance as we can." No apologies were necessary. With added tympanist, Juli Greenberg and finally a drum solo for Peter Donald, it came off quite well. Russo came back to close the concert with "Artistry in Rhythm." (Editor's Note: Bill conducted A in R twice for the first time.)

Besides the ubiquitous Culver, Morgan and Hufstetter, mention must be made of Frank Szabo. While not a jazz soloist, his commanding lead trumpet was heard with Talbert, Shorty, Holman, Masters, and he played a significant role in the trumpet sections both alumni band nights. It is obviously a rare bandleader in the Los Angeles area who does not appreciate his talent.

(Editor's Note: This account of the Back to Balboa Reunion does not list every tune that was played by each of the groups which were featured, nor a complete listing of the tunes played by the Alumni band. For a complete list of the tunes played on Saturday and Sunday evening, drop me an inquiry.)(Editor's Further Note: Jeff, thanks for the extended work; those who did not have the opportunity to read about the Reunion in last NETWORK [some 150 plus of you] have had their fill).




OTHER "BACK TO BALBOA" REUNION ARTICLES

I have so many, that to print them all herein would take pages upon pages — Jean Maggs, Steve Eddy's, etc. Better to send them to you if you want them. Send SASE and ask specifically for Maggs' or Eddy's articles.




KENTONIAN WANTS TO HEAR FROM YOU.....

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DESERT ISLAND DISCS

For those of you read the Tower Records" "Pulse," you will note in the October, 1991 issue in the feature section entitled "Desert Island Discs," a letter from me about Stanley's Eight DIDs, given by Stanley on the original program on the BBC in April of 1956. If you want a copy of the entire letter, send an SASE to me. Oh, the DIDs for Stanley were: Bela Bartok's, "Concerto for Orchestra; " Louis Armstrong's, "When It's Sleepy Time Down South;" Graettinger's "House of Strings;" Ellington's, " Black, Brown and Beige: The Blues;" Sinatra's, "Nancy (With The Smiling Face);" Jacques Ibert's, "Points of Call: Rome;" an English singer, Danny Purchase's, "We All Need Love;" and, Tennessee Ernie Ford's, "Sixteen Tons."




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STAN THE MAN ©
A 50TH ANNIVERSARY TONE-POEM
By Steven D. Harris/July, 1991 ©

In a pensive trance, I think back to a dance.
The gig was Disneyland, the spring was '75.
Making my way through the crowds curiously, mesmerized,
upon hearing the band for the first time, live.

There, presented in front of me a six feet-four,
a giant of a man to behold.
Stomping his feet furiously to kick off a tempo,
from that point on, I was sold.

The designated leader - generating all this excitement,
creating a pulsating energy as no one can.
With a powerful presence and authoritative voice,
he was known as STAN THE MAN.

It had made its debut earlier being three-score and four,
on that fateful Memorial Day of '41.
The premiere place was Balboa's famed ballroom -
The Rendezvous, where kids went to have fun.

Driving down the street of dreams, the bus logo "Nowhere."
Its destination, an endless string of one-nighters.
Compiled in the back seat 'til 5 AM, turning out tomorrow night's book,
were a gang of talented staff writers.

An opus in color by Roland, or a modern-day Rugolo score.
Barton's most bombastic, Hanna's ballads a classic,
to Maiden's musical metaphors.

In making tonality a reality, there came Russo.
While Holman's "Works" delved in subtle swing.
The experiments in time handled by Levy,
an "expression from Rogers," the thing.

Then there's Graettinger's cluster of keys in verse,
causing a pressure so tense, you'd need a nurse.
With crayons in hand writing notes so profound,
creating color charts into a catastrophe of sound.

The nostalgic fans were ever present,
always hoping to capture a "reed rapture"...
and witness City of Glass - halls, screaming of brass!
The dissonance to some, a disaster.

Like a broken "78" single spinning "round in their brains,
grooves of another time and dimension.
Then Stanley'd give a down beat, the crowd rose to their feet,
and came a satisfying riff before intermission

With an arm span of the Spruce Goose, the band he'd let loose,
causing chaos in every direction.
Costanza's bongo beat, Safranski's sound sweet and Shelly's skins
to chance, would enhance any rhythm section.

The soloists soared, leaving fans wanting more.
One by one, the saxophones came.
From Perk's improvisations to Zoot's modulation,
and from Konitz, in a lighter vein.

With low brass set in motion - Stan's horn of devotion,
Start with Bernhart's beautiful tone.
Add Rossolino or Fitz, to blow some hot licks...
This is how one would play the trombone!

The trumpets bright blare, could cause quite a scare.
By Brisbois' noise or Candoli's colorful cadenzas.
Frequencies featured so high, Maynard surfaced the sky.
Stratospherically speaking, it really could send 'ya!

Making the 50 week tour, "New Concepts" of a concert in miniature,
or teaching a clinic on the campus of Redlands U.
His '48 "Progressive Jazz" action was America's box office attraction
while the mellophonium's magic made for a memorable mood.

To catch a concert at Carnegie Hall, the Meadowbrook in fall,
or delight at the sight of Hollywood's Bowl.
Seated among the stars of an "Orange Colored Sky,"
sharing the bill, the "unforgettable" voice of Nat Cole.

At the Capitol tower, Donte's jazz club after-hours,
or the Palladium, you'd gladly give an ovation.
An aircheck to hear, from Chicago's Blue Note, be dear.
That is, if the static was clear at your station.

The Innovations' orchestral sparks flew & with the Neophonic you knew
There's was surely an elite aggregation.
Although Stan's study in sounds, kept Lawrence Welk out of bounds,
and Lombardo's clan called it the "aggravation."

The couples would toast his "Romantic Approach"
tasting an inquisitive Metronome spread.
And eyeing the joy of Ann Richards' pose for Playboy,
an instance where few words need be said.

From the 37th year, the ending note would draw near,
as the maestro gave way to an ear-shattering crescendo.
Thoughts of a deserted dance floor and the memories before,
of Vido, Coop's solo or Laurindo.

At San Francisco's Sigmund Stern Grove, the band really drove,
heights, defying to an electrifying emotion.
His men he adored as the repertoire roared,
'til the last theme's final chord was in completion.

I'll forget not that tall Kansan caressing the keys,
the pulse of his hands on an upright or grand.
His legend will live - in minds, positive.
The Artistry in Rhythm of STAN THE MAN.


DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY OF STANLEY NEWCOMB KENTON
BELOVED BANDLEADER, PIANIST, COMPOSER-ARRANGER, EDUCATOR, HUMANITARIAN. 1911-1979



TO ALL THOSE WHO HAVE CONTRIBUTED.....

....I continue to offer thanks and all of that to the highest degree! Now, these contributions are not always in the form of cash/check — could be a newsletter subscription, a recording, cassette tape, stamps, etc. Contribute if you like! A special thank-you to, who made significant contributions towards the underwriting of THE NETWORK.

In every past issue, I have always failed to include someone's name, and I always neglect to mention someone — so, in advance, I apologize for the omission! This time, in order to save space, I will just mention the last name! Thanks to: Albam, Arganian, Ashton, Augerman, Bangs, BarenBregge, Beede, The Bernharts, Bert, The Bettons, Black, The Blairs, Blaze, Blume, Bobkowski, The Bowies, Breedon, Bride, The Burfords, Cacia, Carter, Clayton, Coates, Colaluca, (Lou) Cooper, Cortell, Cowie, Coyle, Cox, Crull, Curran, DeRosa, Dexter, Edwards, Fancy, Favaro, Fisher, (Al & Nan)(John) Fluck, Forgie, Fosburgh, Fritz, Garrod, Geis, Giuliani, "Turtle" Grady, Gramlich, Greer, Hanlon, Hansen, Hardish, Harris, Harrop, Hartley, Haseltine, Hedges, Hiett, Hofacre, Holt, Hornsby, KLON-FM, Kaiser, Kaufmann, Kay, Kirby, Lane, Lawrence, Legg, Lenson, Levinson, Levy, Lichtenauer, Long, McBride, McParland, Malatras, Mason, Melcher, Messier, Meyer, (Don [a/k/a Ralph] & George) Mitchell, Moore, Morte, Mullender, Murray, Neilsen, Newman, Oliviera, Orton, Oswald, Overbagh, Patterson, The Pearces, Pendleton, Pierotti, Powers, Ream, Reny, Robbins, Roy and the Birmingham Stan Kenton Appreciation Society, Ruan, Rugolo, Russo, Safranski, Salmasian, Sandlin, Schwartz, (Allen & Gary) Scott, Slack, Sparke, Sullivan, Swartz, Tashjian, Taylor, Thompson, Tonner, Trafford, Ulman, Unemoto, The Ursos, Valentine, Vax, Volanski, Venudor, Walsh, Weinert, Wiechert, Wilkinson, Wolfer, Wooley, Wooten, Zenter, & Ray Whitehouse, who continues to mail out the UK and Continent NETWORKS. Also, I want to thank all of you who sent holiday greetings to me — too many to list...my best to you all for a happy and successful new year.




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LILLIAN ARGANIAN'S "STAN KENTON: A MAN AND HIS MUSIC"

Copies of Lillian's book Stan Kenton: The Man and His Music are still available (AT $22.50 PLUS $3.50 POSTAGE AND HANDLING, OR $35.00 TOTAL AIR MAIL OVERSEAS). According to Lillian, plans are underway for a sequel to it, but that will take quite a while to achieve.




HOWARD HEDGES: ALASKA ALOHA

Howard was on the last band, and was the low boneman, and a great help to Stanley. When you can, sort through your music and record collection and SEND HIM what you can; he's doing some public radio broadcasting, introducing those in the Alaskan community to some great Kenton and other jazz. Swamp him with goodies! Howard Hedges, Post Office Box 779, Homer, Alaska 99603-0779, (907)-235-2701.




WHAT'S UP ABOUT CHRIS PIRIE'S BOOK? Word is that the work will not be published in the format as proposed; plans at this point are incomplete, and all word will come from Pirie through "advertisements" and contact with those who sent money. Beyond that, I know little else for sure.




LES BALLETS DU JAZZ DE MONTREAL

A few years ago, in conjunction with the Montreal Jazz Festival, "Les Ballets du Jazz de Montreal," performed to the music of Stan Kenton's recordings: "Taboo," "Jump For Joe," "Harlem Folk Dance," and "I'm In The Mood." It has been run several times on the cable channel, "Bravo." Send SASE for more info.




JAZZ-INSTITUT DARMSTADT

....has a "huge archive with lots of magazines, books and records...much has been indexed in a card file," and "is the largest European public research jazz archive." For additional information, write Wolfram Knauer, Jazz-Institut Darmstadt, Kasinostrasse 3, D-6100 Darmstadt, Germany, phone (06151) 13-2877.




EPILOGUE

Each time I publish THE NETWORK, there is so much stuff left over. Why? Because, I want to keep it at 5, 8 1/2 X 11 sheets, with 19 reduced pages of copy, and one to use as a self-mailer — to come in at 1 oz, so's I can mail at 29 cents. So, I can't publish everything I would like. You can have what does not get in here, by sending me an SASE for one item, or a few dollars for more; and, I will ship it/them off to you. The list of what's gone wanting follows.

(1) "George Morte — Unsung Hero;" (2) "Kenton On The Keys," by Leo Walker; (3) Allen Scott's, "Stan Kenton, Amen." (4) "Leslie's Picture of Health," an article about Stanley's daughter from a UK newspaper; (5) "Pete Rugolo: Interlude At Capitol," Jazz Journal International, October, 1991; (6) Milt Bernhart's, "Strangers On A Bus," about June Christy; (6) Bill Russo — update on what he is doing; (7) David Witter's "Stan Kenton's Legacy;" (8) "Musician ends The Road At Homer," about Howard Hedges; (9) Bill Swanson's "Time Was," a poem about Stanley; (10) Clarrie Henley's article about the "Shades of Jazz" orchestra, "Scheme To Swing The Home Crowd;" And, there's so much more from last issue that I did not have space to print. Ask specifically by name of item. Sorry!


Also, I have promised some taped dubs of items; if you requested same you're on the list. With all I have to do, I just haven't been able to get to your requests. Please be patient. So long as I don't lose the list, I'll get to your request. Stay well and in touch, you all!


Further, and I hate to repeat, if you can send a small amount to defer costs of THE NETWORK, please do so. I will be most grateful and appreciative!


THE CLOSER

Allen Scott recalls sitting at the band table at a concert with Kenton alumnus, Skip Layton and his wife. He writes, "the band, with Baron Von Ohlen on drums, was in full cry when Skip leaned over and said in my ear, 'I think he could drive the band right through that wall.' The wall was brick and I had to agree."