The Network XXIV
A Personal Fund-Raising Note from the Editor: NETWORK is now being published once annually. The number of NETWORKERS has now risen to 1,970. I continue to rely very heavily on your contributions to help out with NETWORK operations and I make up the difference in costs. Many of you have been so very generous. I did receive a nice spurt of funds from cruisers on the Four Freshmen/Dennis Noday cruise, for which I am grateful. Publishing and mailing costs will have to be re-couped from your contributions. As the correspondence, responding to questions, mailing of tape dubs for personal use, printing costs, mailing costs and the like, continues to grow, your contributions are so much more important. I hope that you would consider a making a contribution to NETWORK operations, especially, if you have never done so before. As you know, I continue to resist 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. For those of you who have contributed -- no matter what amount -- THANKS! If you do make a contribution, a NETWORK Premium will be sent to you. This Premium is an nine-page listing of Kenton on CD & Video -- CDs & videos which have been issued -- updated as new issues are known; it has been compiled by the noted Kenton discographer, Michael Sparke, with this Editor's help.
As a fund-raising “gimmick,” I am offering at auction, the LP, “Wedding in Monaco,” featuring the first complete recording of the ballet, “Homage to a Princess,” with music by Stan Kenton (“B” side). The music was recorded during the actual performance at Monte Carlo Opera House. The “A” side of the LP is a recording of the civil and religious ceremonies made at the wedding of S.A.S. Prince Rainier, III and Grace Kelly on April 19, 1956. The LP is a Mercury Custom Hi-Fidelity LP Mg 20149. For those of you who are unfamiliar with this recording, it does not feature the Stan Kenton orchestra, only compositions and arrangements of: “Artistry in Rhythm,” “Monotony,” “June Christy,” “This Is My Theme,” “Theme for Sunday,” “Artistry in Tango,” and “Artistry Jumps.” Bidding should begin at $50. I shall keep bidding open, until 30 days after mailing of NETWORK XXXIV; all who bid will be notified of the winning bid and bidder. Also, I have extra LPs donated by a NETWORKER and each are available for $15. each (includes postage); call or write to see if I have what you may want.
Bill Lichtenauer at Tantara has a few Kenton CDs in releases — one of which is:
Stan Kenton: Tunes and Topics (Tantara T2CD 1114 & T2CD 1115)
October of 1970 at the Golden Lion in Dayton, Ohio; each double CD also includes a 1972 Stan Kenton interview Cost: $18 plus $2.00 S & H for each double CD
Stan Kenton: Artistry in Symphonic Jazz (1977) TCD 1111 ($15 + $2.00 S & H)
Stan Kenton: A Time for Love (1978) TCD 1112 ($15 + $2.00 S & H)
Available from Tantara Productions, Inc., 2709 Black Road, Joliet, Illinois 60435, phone: 815-744-3333.
Write or call for the complete listing of recordings available on Tantara!
JAZZIN’ TO ALASKA — A FOUR FRESHMEN CRUISE
Plans have been finalized by Tours & Cruises by Jeri Ann with Holland America Cruise Line for a JAZZIN’ TO ALASKA cruise in 1999. The 5 Star Cruise will be aboard Holland America Line’s, ms Ryndam August 22-29, 1999 and depart Seward, Alaska, southbound via the Hubbard Glacier and Valdez, Sitka, Juneau, Ketchikan, the Island Passage and ending at Vancouver, B. C. There is also an Alaska pre-cruise land tour covering: Anchorage, Denali National Park, a Natural History tour & Fairbanks, August 18-22, 1999. Jeri Ann Kelly of Fountain Hills, Arizona, is the promoter, with the assistance of very enthusiastic long-time Four Freshmen fans. This fabulous cruise is scheduled out of ms Veendam. Ports will include . The Four Freshmen will be there! For advance information, for the brochure or to get an early booking made, call Jeri Ann at 800-355-4135 or 602-837-9768. Call Jeri, let her know of your interest, and mention you read about it in
(PS If things go well, your editor, Tony Agostinelli may be the MC, the historian and the panel discussion coordinator!)
BOBBY TROUP, REST IN PEACE. October 18, 1918—February 7, 1999. At 80 years old in Sherman Oaks, California. Songwriter—pianist. “Route 66,” “Daddy,” “The Meaning of the Blues,” and the lyrics for “Girl Talk.” Acted in several of the “M*A*S*H TV series. CHARLIE PERRY, (Charlie Pericone), drummer, writer and teacher, worked with the Stan Kenton orchestra (January/February, 1946)(replaced by Shelly Manne), and other bands, including: Benny Goodman, Jimmy Dorsey, Alvino Rey, Buddy Morrow and Skitch Henderson, deceased. July 14, 1998. On Middle Island, Long Island, New York. Wrote for Modern Drummer. BOB GIOGA, [1903-1999), baritone saxophone player, one of Stan Kenton’s oldest friends. Bob died on February 27, 1999 at a nursing home in Santa Ana, California. He played with Vido Musso and Kenton on the Everett Hoaglund band in 1933. He is survived by his wife Dorothy, who at various times managed the Kenton band. (See complete obit below) REST IN PEACE, ALL!
STAN KENTON: THE STUDIO SESSIONS By Michael Sparke, & Pete Venudor with Jack Hartley
THE MOST COMPLETE STAN KENTON DISCOGRAPHY EVER! This fascinating, brand new discography is a very significant expansion on — and re-working of Kenton on Capitol and Creative World.
Studio Sessions adds nearly 70 pages of new material in its coverage of Kenton’s recording career — which spanned almost 40 years — from Gus Arnheim’s Orchestra in 1937, through the MacGregor transcriptions, his towering career with Capitol Records and then his own Creative World Records label. Decades of research has resulted in a discography which provides extraordinary detailed information about every official Kenton recording session: session numbers, dates, places, time, producers, personnel, tunes, lengths, alternate takes, matrix numbers, unreleased titles and takes, composers/arrangers, soloists, vocalists and the number of every record on which every tune was release. Also a tune index. Thousands of facts, including things new to even the most ardent Kenton fan!
Also included are examples of original documentation. Sparke has also taken great pains to include comments and opinions from as many of the musicians as possible. To view a couple of sample pages, visit the publisher’s web site at:
Jazz Fans, big band buffs, musicians, researchers, writers, jazz disk jockeys and music librarians will find this book an invaluable, inexhaustible resource!
Michael Sparke has been following, researching and writing about Stan Kenton’s music and career for some 50 years! He has written liner notes for several Kenton CDs, among them the superb booklet included with Mosaic’s 7-CD release of the 1943-1947 Capitol masters.
This 8 1/2 X 11 240 page book is priced at $32.95 plus $4 priority shipping (US destinations) and is available from: Balboa Books, PO Box 493, Lake Geneva, WI 53147. Visa/MasterCard orders call 1-800-420-0579, M-F, 9 am to 5 pm, CST. Online charge card orders may also be placed at: http://www.tiare.com
GERRY DEXTER OFFERS INCENTIVE FOR CONTRIBUTING
....to the operations of The Network — Michael Sparke’s complete piece about the Innovations Orchestra which was written for the Capitol Records Innovations CD release last year. The complete piece did not appear in the liner notes.....this is the complete piece. So — contribute $25 or more to The Network, and I will send your name to Gerry L. Dexter of Tiare Publications, who will send you the piece — and a flyer for Balboa Books’ releases. Mention that the $25 contribution is being sent to The Network, and you want the Innovations Orchestra piece written by Michael Sparke.
DICK MEYER'S COLLAGES of the Kenton orchestras.....are still available for purchase; write/call Dick at 6507 Kentucky View Dr., Cincinnati, OH 45230, 513-232-3750. Send SASE. The LARGEST SINGLE CONTRIBUTOR BY 30 days after mailing of Network XXIII, GETS ONE FREE!!!!
ED BRIDE AND TONY AGOSTINELLI
....produced and presented their fourth annual Stan Kenton tribute on Public Radio — the program emanated from WAMC-FM, Northeast Public Radio. As in the past, listeners could hear the program in a five-state region around Albany, New York (portions of New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont and New Jersey; also in Quebec, Canada. It was also heard on RealAudio on the Internet by pointing to LISTEN TO WAMC NOW. Here’s the play list: Hour 1 — Malaguena from Adventures in Jazz CD; Yesterdays from Contemporary Concepts CD; Stompin’ at the Savoy from Road Show CD; Solitaire from Innovations in Modern Music — Japanese Capitol CD; 23oN-82oW from New Concepts CD; [Hank Levy Section] Blues Between and Betwixt from Birthday in Britain CD; Tony Agostinelli interviews Hank Levy; A Time for Love by the US Army Jazz Ambassadors from their Hank Levy Legacy CD; Levy interview continues; Chiapas by the Jazz Ambassadors; Artistry in Rhythm (1943) from the Mosaic CD Set. Hour 2: Chicago III Suite from Chicago CD (in its entirety); My Old Flame from Road Show CD; [Mike Vax section] I Remember You from Mike Vax Big Band CD; Ed Bride interviews Mike Vax; Here’s That Rainy Day from Live at Redlands CD; Passacaglia and Fugue from the Neophonic CD; Artistry in Rhythm (1973).
JOHNNY RICHARDS: THE DEFINITIVE BIO-DISCOGRAPHY
By Jack Hartley and Jurgen Wolfer
Here’s the first complete study of one of the music world’s most fascinating arrangers-musicians. In addition to his own orchestra, Richards not only wrote and arranged for Stan Kenton, (including such famous albums as Cuban Fire!, Adventures in Time & West Side Story), he also penned for Boyd Raeburn, Charlie Barnet, Bing Crosby, Harry James, Dizzy Gillespie and many others — plus scores for such movies as The Light That Failed, and 16 Hopalong Cassidy westerns! This new discography has details about every recording session. There is also a tune index covering some 600 titles! This is, without doubt, the definitive work about one of the most talented musicians of the second half of the 20th century.
Toll-free charge card orders to:
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8 1/2 X 11 trade paper 120 pages
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BOB GIOGA (1903 — February 24, 1999) (In a nursing home in Santa Ana, California) Bob Gioga was one of Stanley Kenton’s oldest musician friends. He worked with Stanley and Vido Musso on the Everett Hoaglund band in 1933. That band opened in August of 1933 at the Rendezvous Ballroom at Balboa Beach, California. Later on in the mid-1930’s, Gioga joined the Russ Plummer band which also included Kenton and Musso they re-opened the rebuilt Rendezvous Ballroom which had been closed due to a fire. (Stanley did most of the writing for the band.) Gioga was on the Gus Arnheim band in April of 1936, with Stanley and Musso. Gioga was on the newly formed Vido Musso band in August of 1938, which was taken over three months later by Johnny “Scat” Davis.
Gioga, a reed player and a copyist, was on the experimental rehearsal band formed by Kenton in 1940. Many of the rehearsals of this band were held at Gioga’s home. He was on those first “test” pressings of the Kenton band in November of 1940. In May of 1941, Gioga, who was a utility woodwind player, began playing baritone saxophone on the debut-ing, “Stanley Kenton and His Artistry in Rhythm” orchestra. Gioga was also the Kenton’s band manager, with help from wife Dorothy. (Musso rejoined the Kenton band in 1945). During World War II, Gioga, who had a great sense of humor, made comical announcements from the bandstand, clearing out passenger cars on trains to make room for the Kenton band member (passing them off as traveling military men), and conducting funny “man-in-the-street” interviews about the conduct of the Second World War. In 1946, while playing the Corn Palace in Mitchell, South Dakota, Gioga stood up and announced: “Mitchell, South Dakota — the only town in the country where you can go ‘uptown and downtown’ without crossing a street!” Many in the audience did not appreciate the humor — a bunch of guys waited in the alley — fortunately, nothing much happened. That humor flashed still as he participated on alumni panels at the first Rendezvous With Kenton at Newport Beach, California in the early 1990s.
Gioga was on the Kenton band when the band broke up for the first time in 1947. He went back on the band, when the band reformed in September of that year. When the band broke up again in 1948, Gioga was still on the band; he returned again, to play in the Kenton Innovations Orchestra in 1950. He played baritone saxophone and bass clarinet. Gioga handled transportation and hotel reservations for the orchestra. (George Morte and Leo Curran were the band managers and band-boy respectively at the time, also). The characteristic sound of the Kenton band, with its stentorian baritone sax bottom, was all Gioga — he helped create and maintain that great saxophone section sound.
In September of 1952, Gioga took a short vacation from the Kenton band and was replaced by former band member, Boots Mussulli. Gioga took his seat again at the end of September.....in January of 1953, Hank Levy replaced Gioga on the Kenton band at the Hollywood Palladium. Gioga returned for a recording date on February 11, 1953 (Levy replaced him until he was replaced by Tony Ferina in June of 1953). Gioga left the band, having been on the band for 12 years, on February 11, 1953 because of his health. (Levy returned for awhile; Ferina was on the European tour in 1953).
Noel Wedder had this to write about Gioga: “Few know, or knew, that Stan was captivated by the very dark, dusky noted Gioga was capable of reaching on his horn. What really turned Stan on, however, was the way Gioga effortlessly burnished his notes which turn gave his section such a unique and identifiable sound. Someday, someone more adept at musical notation than me is going to trace the enormous debt of gratitude the Kenton Orchestra owes to a legion of very gifted, yet oh-so-modest saxophone players who graced a thousand stages between Altoona and Walla Walla. Know, too, that almost all of the saxophone things the Old Man wrote (listen again to ‘Opus in Pastels’) while, and after, Gioga was on the band were done with Bob’s sound in mind. He was the anchor....the steel shaft sank deep into the ground upon which the ‘Band that loved to soar among the stars’ always returned to.”
Lillian Arganian recalled, “How sad that another part of our history has gone to play with the angels — and with Stan. I remember his (Bob) telling stories of those early days — sitting on the beach at Balboa, shooting the breeze with Stanley. Riding on the yacht en masse, on Balboa Bay. What is was like when they first heard Stan at the piano, auditioning for the piano chair in the Hoaglund band — “He sat down and played and he a real.......when he touched the keys, you knew he was playing the piano. He really set the musical tempo. I’ll forever treasure Gioga’s stories of those early days, ‘paying for groceries with a $500 bill’ and other priceless stuff. I’m so glad I had the change to meet him and touch the history of the Kenton band in that way. Bob Gioga was something special. Keep the flame burning, everyone, ‘it is for us the living to dedicate ourselves’.......”
At the time of his leaving, Gioga had played with Stanley from 1933 to 1953, a run of some 20 years; they remained friends until Stan’s death in 1979. Bob Gioga, was winged by angels to rejoin the early 40s Kenton band somewhere in the beyond. Farewell dear friend.
SKIP LAYTON, RIP
Phil “Skip” Layton, noted trombonist, and a legendary player from Stan Kenton’s “Progressive Jazz” era, died on April 20, 1997. Skip was a familiar figure amongst the dixieland players in the southern tier, with the Joe Cavallaro Dixieland Jazz Band since 1981 until just before his death. His love affair with music began with piano lessons at age 9 and continued throughout his life. His musical journeys began with his own 12 piece dance band which played in the Corning/Elmira area of New York in the late 1930s. He played with Johnny Richards and Paul Whiteman out of the west coast until World War II. While in the military, he played with the 379th Army Service Forces Band at Newport News, Virginia. Layton, who hailed from Utica, NY at the time, left the Bobby Sherwood band to join the Stan Kenton orchestra for two years before joining the ABC Radio-TV Staff Orchestra in NYC for an eight year stint. He decided not to rejoin the Kenton band when it reformed in 1948. His career in music also included teaching guitar and various band instruments in Washington, DC and in the Elmira area for many years. Skip retired from teaching in 1990 due to failing eye-sight, but continued to play with the Cavallaro band until shortly before his death. Skip will always be forever remembered by his wailing and screaming trombone duet in Kenton’s “Machito” in a duel with Buddy Childers on trumpet.
STAN KENTON SPEAKS TO US FROM THE PAST
Tell us about the Innovations Orchestra, Stan? “I think there was a lot of artistic recognition gained, but, like many of my ventures, it was financially a chaotic thing. There was a lot of money lost on it, but the money was unimportant to the artistic recognition. The Innovations Orchestra produced a lot of things that were new and fresh, that had never been done before, the use of strings and so forth.”
Where are the new leaders coming from, Stan (mid 1970s)? “I really don’t know. It’s difficult for young bandleaders to get started today; it was easier for us because radio was more cooperative then, now they only cater for the masses. Jazz is a very sophisticated form of music, but it will never be a popular music; so it’s difficult for young bands to be exposed, even if they have got a recording contract.”
What do you think of the jazz scene nowadays (mid 1970s)? “I think it is very healthy because of the interest of young people and young musicians. Everybody today thinks all young musicians are guitar players or singers; but they’re not. There are tens of thousands of young musicians playing jazz in the States, and that’s very healthy for the music.”
“I came to lead a band,” Kenton once said, “because I wanted so much to be part of the development of the thing that I felt and loved best — the music of jazz.”
[Editor’s Note: Thanks to Stan Wooley, who in October of 1979, in the Jazz Journal, wrote an article entitled, “Farewell Kenton: An Historical Tribute.” These Kenton quotes appeared in that article. This Editor posed the questions and inserted Stan’s answers. Thanks to the two Stans!]
KENTON ON CD/VIDEO
Here are some recent and planned Stan Kenton CD releases. You can receive an up-dated listing of CDs and videos when you contribute to the operations of the NETWORK — send a contribution made out to: The Network, Anthony J. Agostinelli, Editor, 66 Brownell Street, Touisset Point, Warren, Rhode Island 02885-1502, USA. For those who have access to the World Wide Web, you may visit two web sites which list Stan Kenton CDs in stock, often with sound samples: http://towerrecords.com & http://www.cdconnection.com. Search for “Stan Kenton.” Some of the CDs listed are “ephemeral” recordings; the producers do not pay the usual artist fees. My continuing observation is that we all want to hear Stanley’s music — on Capitol, Creative World and Decca — Stan approved these releases. When we purchase an ephemeral (“bootleg”) recording, we are contributing to someone who is trading on the Stan Kenton name, image and body of work. Although the quality of many of these recordings run from pretty awful, to excellent, we do get to listen to Stan Kenton’s recorded music at many venues. Because these recordings exist, you all should know about them, and because they are not “authorized” by Kenton or the Kenton Estate, you might consider making a contribution a Stan Kenton Scholarship Fund every time you purchase one of the latter CDs. One is: Stan Kenton Scholarship Fund, International Association of Jazz Educators (IAJE), Box 724, Manhattan, KS 66502-0724, USA. So — contribute!
Astral JCCD 104 CONCERT IN ENGLAND ‘63
Capitol CDP 494502 2 STANDARDS IN SILHOUETTE, 1965
Capitol CDP 494503 2 STAN KENTON CONDUCTS THE LOS ANGELES NEOPHONIC, 1965
Capitol CDP 52082 ADVENTURES IN BLUES (Forthcoming)
Capitol CDP ? ADVENTURES IN JAZZ (Forthcoming)
Classics 1011 STAN KENTON 1947 (June Christy, the Pastels)
GEM I & II THE LOST KENTON CONCERT (March 18, 1978)*
Indigo CD 2085 ARTISTRY IN PROGRESSIVE JAZZ, 1948
Jazz Archives CD159182 STAN KENTON MASTERPIECES 20 (1942-1947)
Magic DAWE 87 STAN KENTON, THE BRITISH TOUR 1973
Magic DAWE 88 JUNE TIME: JUNE CHRISTY AND THE KENTONES, 1946
Status DSTS 1023 STAN KENTON LIVE — Pasadena Civic Auditorium, 1942-1943
* Available from GEM, Ltd., 8491 Sunset Blvd., Box 670, Los Angeles, CA 90069 — $39 + $4 S&H
THE ED "GABE" GABEL’S BOOK ON STANLEY STILL AVAILABLE
Stan Kenton — The Early Years by Edward F. Gabel. $17.95 + $2. s/h from: Ed Gabel, Dept NTWK, Balboa Books, P.O. Box 493, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, 53147-0493. Visa/Mastercard orders: 1-800-420-0459. Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. CST.
STEVEN D. HARRIS CONTINUES TO WORK ON THE KENTON KRONICLES
Jazz archivist Steven D. Harris is still at work preparing his forthcoming book, "The Kenton Kronicles." .....over 100 interviews including 50 Kenton alumni......entire road itinerary......over 250 historic & rare photographs.....30 interviews with Stan himself, his older sister Beulah, first daughter Leslie, and his last wife Jo Ann Kenton.......forward by Pete Rugolo.
The Kenton Kronicles will be sold on a pre-publication basis — only 500 copies of the First Edition will be sold. Price is $65.00 plus $6.95 S&H or 45 Pounds Sterling plus 5 Pounds for S&H in UK & Abroad. Make checks payable to: Steven D. Harris, 148 N. Catalina Ave., #4, Pasadena, CA 91106, USA
HANK LEVY — VIDEO TRIBUTE & JAZZ AMBASSADORS’ CD TRIBUTE: (1) Audio Visual Artists’ Productions of Silver Springs Maryland has produced a video tribute to Hank Levy. A Head of Time. Ahead of Time. A video tribute to Hank Levy. Contact Richard Slade of AVA Productions, 1412 Northcrest Dr., Silver Spring, MD 20904-1453m phone 301-384-9595 or FAX 301-284-2525. Price, including shipping is: $29.95. (2) The United States Army Field Band, Jazz Ambassadors, have produce a CD tribute to Hank Levy entitled “The Legacy of Hank Levy.” The compositions include music that Hank composed for both Stan Kenton and Don Ellis. Among the arrangements heard on the CD are: “Whiplash,” “On Green Dolphin Street,” “Latintensity,” “Time For A Change,” “Chiapas,” “A Time For Love,” “A Peek Into A New Time Zone,” “Alone,” “Passacaglia and Fugue,” and “Chain Reaction.” Write the U.S. Army Field Band at 4700 Cooper Ave., Fort Meade, MD 20755-5330 or visit them at their website at: http://www.mdw.army.mil/fband .......(3) A scholarship fund for music students has been established in Hank Levy’s name at Towson.....
STAN KENTON: THE LEGACY OF STAN KENTON: Also by the Jazz Ambassadors; the music included on this CD: The Opener, Stan Kenton Medley, Opus in Pastels, Unison Riff, Easy Street, On The Street Where You Live, Over The Rainbow, Walkin’ Shoes, 3x3x2x2x2 = 72, Here’s That Rainy Day, A Little Minor Booze, With The Old Man In Mind (Hank Levy’s tribute to Kenton), and America The Beautiful. (See address above.)
AJA's NOTES AT RANDOM
THE FRANK ROSOLINO MEMORIAL FUND, INC.: The Frank Rosolino Memorial Fund (a 501-c-3 organization — all donations are tax deductible) presented its limited edition CD and its accompanying transcription and photo book to the international market at the IAJE conference in Chicago this past January. It is now available for distribution and may be purchased as a package (CD & Booklet) for $35 (plus S & H). The CD may be purchased separately for $16 (plus S & H) and/or the booklet separately for $20 (plus S & H). All proceeds to benefit the Frank Rosolino Memorial Fund, Inc.........The Fun was established in March of 1994 following a Gainesville (Florida) Friends of Jazz Concert by the Conrad Herwig quartet at Mr. Han’s in Gainesville. Co-founders were Conrad Herwig, a New York free-lance trombonist, and Professor Emeritus, Eugene E. Grissom. The purpose of the Fund was to provide additional support to the Frank Rosolino Memorial Scholarship for Jazz Trombone, which is sponsored by the International Trombone Association for student trombonists under the age of 22.......additional publications have been donated in support of the Rosolino Memorial Fund and may also be purchased......be in contact with: Eugene E. Grissom, The Frank Rosolino Memorial Fund, Inc., 4607 Clear Lake Drive, Gainesville, FL 32607, 352-372-1835, or e-mail
MIKE CUSCUNA’S MOSAIC RECORDS is offering wide variety of choice jazz recordings, heretofore unavailable for some time, in high quality disc and CD formats. Many Kenton recordings and recordings by Kenton alumni are available. Send for catalogue: 35 Melrose Place, Stamford, CT 06902-7533, 203-327-7111 or FAX 203-323-3526, e-mail
JAZZ FILMS are available for the Kenton aficionado from Goal Productions — among the items: “The Kenton Era Today! from the panels at this year’s events at the Crowne Plaza in 1997; “The Kenton Discussions” from Back to Balboa in 1991; the Woody Herman Chronicles from the Early Autumn Reunion in 1993; Blowin’ Up a Storm: Jazz Stories from the KLON Jazz Symposium in 1996; and other materials. Send for their brochure: Goal Productions, 2623 East Foothill Blvd., Ste #101, Pasadena, CA 91107, 818-584-9515, FAX 818-792-2709, e-mail
BUD SHANK’S CENTRUM SUMMER WORKSHOP is on again this summer from July 18-25, 1999 — it is a week of intensive study and interaction with internationally acclaimed jazz artists at historic Fort Worden State Park Conference Center, on Washington’s scenic Olympic Peninsula. Centrum (360)-385-3102.....PO Box 1158, Port Townsend, WA 98368-0958 or <http:www.centrum.org>.
MARVIN STAMM has a quarterly newsletter available to let you know what he's doing: Cadenzas, Arcadian Arts, Inc., 15 Butler Hill Road, N Row, Somers, NY 10589, Phone/FAX: 914-277-6963.
BILL GOTTLIEB, 11 Market Lane, Great Neck, New York 11020, 516-466-0495, FAX 516-829-2447, still has photographs of Stan Kenton available for sale. His jazz book and files include more photos of Kentonians than any other jazz group, his jazz images appear in more than 300 album covers, posters, postcards and T-shirts, and this year, three of the your jazz singer stamps Billie Holiday, Mildred Bailey & Jimmy Rushing) which will be issued by the USPS are based on his photographs. Gottlieb's book, The Golden Age of Jazz, is still available with 16 photographs of Kentonia at $18, including priority mail
DAVID REDFERN has photographs of Stan Kenton and the band in black and white and in color, from the band’s visit in the early 1960s to the last visit. Contact David directly for prints at: Redferns, Music Picture Library, 7 Bramley Road, London W10 6SZ, England, phone (0171) 792 9914, FAX (0171) 792 0921....The World Jazz Network's JAZZ CONNECTION continues to be published by Walt Stone, 5 Ashtree Road, Watford, Herts., WD2 5RT, England........MARGE HOFACRE'S JAZZ NEWS ($25 — USA; $38 - $45 depending on Western, Eastern, or Pacific Rim) — New Address: PO Box 16286, San Diego, California 92176-6826; her website — http://www.webworldmall.com/jazz news ......QUARTER NOTES is published quarterly by The Jazz Company, and is a southeaster New England roundup of jazz news and features. Write: Ted Belastock, Publisher, The Jazz Company, 37 Baltic Avenue, North Easton, MA 02356 ($10.00 annually).
THE MARK TAYLOR BIG BAND presented “A Stan Kenton Christmas,” the Ralph Carmichael charts, at Blues Alley in Georgetown, DC in December of 1998. [Editor’s Comment: Ho, Ho, Ho and all of that!]......the US Army Band Blues Ensemble, conducted by M/Sgt Mark Taylor, performed “A Stan Kenton Christmas,” at the Brucker Hall Recital Series at Fort Myers, Arlington, VA on December 1, 1998 Five trumpets, five trombones, five French horns, rhythm sections and percussion.....a sergeant announced: “we don’t need not stinkin’ saxophones....[Editor’s Note: Word was that Sal Lozano from California was to go to Nashville, TN, to record the Stan Kenton Christmas — what does anyone know about this.....Capitol has re-issued Kenton’s “A Merry Christmas” on CD, Capitol CDP 7-94451 2....is there another CD with Ralph Carmichael’s charts out there somewhere?]
JOSLIN’S JAZZ JOURNAL recently featured a mid-1940s photograph of Stan Kenton, June Christy and Gene Howard on the cover (February, 1999). Also featured was an article by George A. Borgman about Kenton’s former band boy and road manager, Leo Curran. Leo recalls his days with Stan, with a number of stories about his life on the road. Gene Joslin is the publisher; he publishes four times a year. Subscriptions are $24 per year in USA & Canada; England and Europe, $36 per year; Africa and Pacific Rim, $77. Joslin’s Jazz Journal, Box 213, Parsons, KS 67357; Ph&Fx: 316-421-003; e-mail — jolsinjzjournal@terraworld.
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LENNY KING AND THE CHICAGO METROPOLITAN JAZZ ORCHESTRA plays regularly in the Greater Chicago area. Their latest CD, “Live and Screamin’” on Lakeside Jazz 601 is a screaming gas; it features Dennis Noday* playing superb trumpet....Cadence reviewed the CD and “warmly recommends its introductory excursion to anyone who appreciated the spine-tingling sensation induced by a marvelous big band at the top of its game.” In tribute to Stan Kenton, several charts seethe with Kentonia: El Congo Valiente, A Time for Love, But Beautiful, Here’s That Rainy Day, Spring Can Hang You Up the Most, Yesterdays, What’s New, & Lennie Niehaus’ I Remember Stan.
DENNIS NODAY’s big band is featured playing in tribute to Stan Kenton often in the south Florida area; his musicians are all world-class. His reputation has become strong on the high seas after a couple of successful big band cruises, one with the Four Freshmen in the Caribbean, and one to Hawaii on his own. He has a CD which is a smash, playing in tribute to Stan Kenton. “The Dennis Noday Orchestra Presents A Tribute to Stan Kenton,” DN 98-01. Write for information about the CD at: Dennis Noday, 1100 NE 16th St., Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33304, 954-763-5251, http://members.aol/nodayjaz
JAZZ TITLES FROM SCARECROW PRESS.....many jazz titles of important and not so important figures in jazz; send for catalogue: Scarecrow Press, 4720 Boston Way, Lanham, MD 20706, 800-338-4550. The Sunshine Jazz Messenger, the official newsletter of the Sunshine Jazz Organization; Floridians join by writing Ginny Crawford, The Sunshine Jazz Messenger, PO Box 331441, Coconut Grove, FL 33233-1441, Phone/FAX 305-234-8528; e-mail — email@example.com.......THE GREEN MOUNTAIN JAZZ MESSENGER, Jen Alysandra Karpin, Editor and Publisher, 491 Old York Road, Suite 321, Jenkintown, PA 19046-2737; all the jazz news you’ll need to know in the northeast of USA. firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE FOR THE PRESERVATION OF JAZZ, a jazz archive, sponsor of jazz performances, and a clearing house for jazz scholarship......join....write: California Institute for the Preservation of Jazz, College of the Arts, California State University, Long Beach, 1250 Bellflower Boulevard, Long Beach, CA 90840. Visit their website: http://www/csulb.edu/~caljazz ......this spring the Institute presented its Jazz West Coast II, a musical celebration of west coast jazz, from May 27 to May 30, 1999 at Newport Beach, California. Events included: Shorty Rogers’ Modern Sounds, Cy Touff Octet/Bill Perkins, The Pacific Jazz Label, Arranged by Jack Montrose, Baker/Freeman/Shank, The Lennie Niehaus Octet, Harold Land, The Contemporary Jazz Label, Art Pepper + 11, Buddy Collete/Shelly Manne’s Men, Films by Mark Cantor, Jazz a la Lighthouse, The Teddy Edwards Quartet, The Claude Williamson Trio, The Bill Holman Orchestra, Lighthouse 50th Anniversary, Jack Sheldon, Mucho Calor, Gerry Mulligan Tentette, Something Cool/Pete Rugolo, Dave Pell/Jack Sheldon.
The American Jazz Institute, in collaboration with the Gould Institute and Claremont McKenna College and KLON-FM 88.1 in California, celebrated Johnny Richards’ adaptation of Leonard Bernstein’s “West Side Story;” it was performed by The American Jazz Institute’s Big Band at Claremont McKenna College (as previously performed and recorded by the Stan Kenton orchestra). Kenton alumni performing were: Carl Saunders, Bill Perkins, Greg Smith, Jim Amlotte & Mike Pacheco. The AJI will celebrate on August 14, 1999, the 2nd Annual “The Kenton Sound” in Long Beach, California. To find out more about the AMJ, contact them at PO Box 5716, Pasadena, CA 91117-5716; phone 626-791-3427; Fx 626-791-3427; or e-mail them at: AmJazzIn@aol.com; visit the website at: http://www.amjazzin.com .
DON ARMSTRONG REVIEWS THE AJI’S “WEST SIDE STORY” CONCERT
By D.W. Armstrong: “On March 6, 1999, 8:05 pm, the American Jazz Institute Orchestra, under the direction of Mark Masters, presented Kenton’s “West Side Story”.....the full score in a program entitled “Jazz Meets Broadway.” The site was the Claremont McKenna College’s Garrison Theatre, located in Claremont, California. The theatre was filled with Kenton fans, some coming from San Francisco, San Diego, Las Vegas (Editor’s Note:...and Stan and alumni who’ve played the charts looked down from above). The evening began with a performance by the John Leitham trio — Leitham on bass, Buddy Childers on trumpet and flugel, and Jim Fox on guitar. John was commissioned by the AJI to write arrangements for the trio based on the “West Side Story” score. Leitham did just that with a lot of extras.....he provides and expression-filled program. It goes without saying that Buddy and Jim provided their share of great notes. Buddy was featured on “Maria” but rather than the Maynard touch, high and mighty, he played majestically in the lower register — very nice!
“When the 27 piece orchestra hit the stage they opened with “Artistry in Rhythm.” followed by “Artistry Jumps,” and it did. The opening brought the “crazies” to attention really fast. The Bernstein/Sonheim music was arranged by the great Johnny Richards. The “West Side Story” was originally recorded by Stan in 1961, during the mellophonium era. The mellos were missing from this performance, and it is too bad that Dough Hughes and three other mello-men were not available to blow the ol’ elephant horns, however, the French horns with Stephanie Mijanovich on lead met the challenge. For those of you that do not have your “West Side Story” CD or LP handy......this is the program: “Prologue,” “Something’s Coming,” “Maria,” “America,” “Tonight,” “Cool,” “I Feel Pretty,” “Officer Krupke,” “Taunting Scene,” and “Somewhere-Finale.” (Editor’s Note: this editor has excised the list of the first names of the players and have just listed their last names in the interests of saving space — thanks to all the musicians who blew their socks off at was a most successful and enduring concert). House, Perkins, Montrose, Smith, Riley, Saunders, Lovitt, Englebright, Lewis, Jorgensen, Woodley, Brockman, Grab, Mijanovich, Campbell, Klintworth, Kintscher, Marks, Roper, Lehman, Leitham, Kreibich, Dimond and Pacheco & Acevedo (both were on the original recording).
“If one was looking for “close to the original” this was it. Richards’ score and a cast of some of the area’ finest players made for an evening of great music. In conclusion, and after several minutes of a standing ovation, Masters agreed to play one more. It was another Johnny Richards’ creations which was dusted off — “Rendezvous at Sunset,” also known as “Evening.” This and other Richards’ music was issued on the “Back to Balboa” LP (CW ST-1031). What a night! We’re all looking forward to August when the AJA presents another.....Kenton Grande.”
The Upper Register
By Joe Urso
Forword by Bobby Shew
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WESTERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY PLAYS IN TRIBUTE TO STAN KENTON
MACOMB, IL — Jazz fans enjoyed a double treat Friday, Dec. 9 at Western Illinois University. WIU's acclaimed Jazz Studio Orchestra (JSO), under the direction of WIU Director of Bands Dale Hopper, featured "The Artistry and Rhythm of Stan Kenton" in concert at 8 p.m. in the Browne Hall Hainline Theatre. "Stan Kenton always tried to be on the front edge of jazz composition, making it very contemporary," said Dale Hopper, 17-year director of Western's JSO. "Kenton was an innovator. His music is exciting, and a lot of it is symphonic."
The concert featured 12 Kenton works including "Artistry in Rhythm," "Cuban Fire Suite," "Malaguena," "Street of Dreams," "September Song" and "Concerto to End All Concertos."
MURRAY PATTERSON PRODUCES “RENDEZVOUS JAZZ PARTY” — AN 80TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION FOR VIC LEWIS!
In April of this year, Murray Patterson produced yet another of his “Rendezvous” bashes which have brought together some of the finest musicians in the world. This latest one feted Vic Lewis who turned 80 this year. Featured was Bill Holman who directed a sixteen piece all-star band. The groups presented were: “Fat Chops Big Band,” directed by John Ruddick, Jr., the 1998 BBC National Big Band competition winner; The Tony Kinsey Orchestra; the BBC Big Band, directed by Barry Forgie with special guests Jiggs Whigham & Bud Shank, compered by Sheila Tracy; The Pete Cater Big Band; the Wigan Youth Concert Jazz Orchestra, directed by Ian Darrington; the Vic Lewis West Coast All Stars, featuring: Andy Martin, Ron Stout, Carl Saunders, Lanny Morgan, Pete Christlieb, Bill Perkins, Christian Jacov, Trey Henry & Bob Leatherbarrow; the Dave Newton Trio, with guest Alan Barnes; the National Youth Jazz Orchestra, directed by Bill Ashton, MBE; and, Bill Holman directed a big band playing his own compositions and arrangements — the band featured: Carl Saunders, Tony Fisher, Simon Gardner, Ron Stout, Andy Martin, Gordon Campbell, Mark Nightingale, John Higginbotham, Lanny Morgan, Bill Perkins, Pete Christlieb, Tommy Whittle, Alan Barnes, Christian Jacob, Trey Henry, & Bob Leatherbarrow.
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STAN KENTON ON THE INTERNET
This Editor has listed but a few of the some 3,000 plus references to Stan Kenton on the Internet; it would take the whole issue to list them all. Please, take no offense if I have left your website from this list. Also, many websites “come and go” in the dead of night — some may longer be in force. If you would like to find other Kenton sites, use this search engine — I have found it to be most comprehensive: http://www.altavista.com
Noel Wedder maintains this site:
Dr. Bob Crispen maintains this site:
Mt. San Antonio College features Steven Harris’ “Kenton Kalendar” at this site:
Gerry Dexter of Tiare Publications has a current CD list at this site:
Terry Vosbein’s Stan Kenton photographs:
Ray Avery’s photographs of Stan Kenton can be found at:
Lenny King in Chicago plays in tribute to Stan Kenton:
William H. Alburty writes about Kenton at:
Southern Music Company also resells Kenton charts published by Sierra Music Publications:
Goal Productions sells video of the 1991 Back to Balboa and 1997 AJI panels talking about Kenton:
Midi files of Stan Kenton’s music — copyrights cleared with BMI and ASCAP by Al Levy:
BJ Bromley’s tribute to the Capitol Release “A Stan Kenton Retrospective.” other Capitol and other releases:
Silicon Valley Music also resells Kenton charts published by Sierra Music Publications:
A comprehensive tribute to Stan Kenton:
Phil Van Auken's website about Kenton features photographs and music:
Dave Powell's tribute to Stan Kenton:
The "Ultimate" Stan Kenton website with links to others:
Michael Boyd's bio of Stan Kenton:
INTERESTING JAZZ WEBSITES — WITH LINKS TO OTHER JAZZ WEBSITES
J-A-ZZ (Jazz-from-A-to-ZZ) is a non-commercial jazz site run by webmaster, Mostafa “Mark Eting.”
Mosaic Records is at http://www.mosaicrecords.com
An “In Tribute to Jeri Southern” website is at: http://fn2.freenet.edmonton.ab.ca/~dery/jeri.html
Trade your CDs at: http://www.webcom.com/compass/tradingpost
Big Bands can be found at: http://nfo.net/WWW/bigbands.html
Paul’s Big Band Home Page is at: http://qlink.queensu.ca/~3pje2/p1.html
If you want to know of other sites, contact: Dave Nathan at: Dnathan18@hotmail.com
THE MIKE VAX BIG BAND TOUR A SUCCESS!
The Mike Vax Big Band (featuring Alumni of the Stan Kenton Orchestra) completed a successful tour of the Midwest from April 26 to May 4, 1999; the band played at various one-nighters — Marshalltown High School, IA; Kasson-Mandeville High School, MN; Mraz Center for the Performing Arts, Burnsville (Minneapolis), MN; Fitzgerald’s Night Club, Berwyn (Chicago), IL; Bradley University, Peoria, IL; Knights of Columbus Hall, Decatur, IL; Henry VIII Hotel Ballroom, St. Louis, MO; and Northmont High School, Clayton, OH. at these venues the band played clinics, concerts, matinees, evening concerts and dances. Alumni from the 1952-1978 Stan Kenton Orchestra were on the tour; the band played some of the well known music of the Kenton orchestra, plus in keeping with Stan’s insistence on not only performing nostalgia music, the band played new material in the Kenton style. The band did not try to be the “Stan Kenton Orchestra,” but carried on in the tradition of dedication to creative music and jazz education.
Band personnel included: Trumpets — Mike Vax, Dennis Noday, John Harner, Steve Campos, Steve Hufstetter; Trombones — Roy Weigand, Dale DeVoe, Curtis Fox, Kenny Shroyer, Mike Suter; Reeds: Kim Richmond, Bill Trujillo, Richard Torres, Chuck Carter, Joel Kaye; Don Haas, piano; Jim Widner, bass; Gary Hobbs, drums; John Akal, Latin percussion. Fans were invited to join on the tour bus and they did join the tour — John Devine, Richard Dolce, Al and Nan Fluck, Ed and Betty Gabel, Vern McCarthy, Rusty Lams, Mike Kaiser, Marvin Ross (“I’m ready to do it again.”), Jeff Sultanof (Jeff also did an arrangement of “Intermission Riff,” which the band played, and “This Heart of Mine,” which the band read through). [Not all fans were with the band for the full tour.]
Kim Richmond and Mike Kaiser, fan-on-the-road with the band, alternatingly gave e-mail reports and reviews of the band tour to the Kenton List on the Internet! It may have been a “first” in the annals of touring big bands! List members had the opportunity to read first-hand reports about the band at each venue and on the road. Also, various fans who attended the concert, gave e-mail reports to the Kenton-List. A vicarious experience for all. Kim has a web site where you will find the itinerary of the tour at
Here is a report posted to the Kenton-List from Scott R. Hayden, who saw one of the concerts: “I just returned from the opening night of the Mike Vax Big Band tour in Marshalltown, Iowa. A great time and worth the 1+ hour drive. Some observations:
These guys really seemed like they were having fun, and it translated into an energetic concert.
Unbelievable hall, in the middle of nowhere.
Luckily their high school band played a few numbers prior to the Vax band. I say luckily because I left the lights on in my car and they made this announcement before they began.
I was hoping for more Kenton, but it was a well-balanced program. Especially since all of the non-Kenton compositions were arranged in the Kenton style.
They played a nice new arrangement of Intermission Riff, one which they first saw earlier in the day. It has an Artistry in Rhythm tag at the end, a nice touch.
Good opportunity to pick up many of the CDs which aren't available everywhere, Widner, Vax, Kaye, "The Legendary" Bill Trujillo.
Got the opportunity to meet Mike and Joel Kaye, who looks nothing like the black-and-white cover of his first Neophonic album
Most amusing observation was from a conversation of a couple of kids siting near me. One was trying to point out a specific musician, by describing him as "the bald guy" which drew the response, "which one, they're all bald", whereby the first kid clarifies with "the old one". A similar response from the second kid, "which one, they're all old".
Bald and old, but they sure did swing.
Jeff Sultanoff, an arranger, went on the tour; here’s what he reported to us: “I just arrived back from joining the band on the Kenton alumni tour. You can't possibly imagine how fantastic this band is. I wrote a new arrangement of "Intermission Riff" for the tour, and the band gave me one of the greatest thrills of my professional life when I heard it played. If any reader is anywhere near where the band is performing, you've got to go and experience this; you'll never forget it. The guys in the band are all super people and fantastic musicians, and it was great to conduct them, hang out with them, and listen to this tremendous music interpreted by them. Mike Vax deserves some kind of award for organizing and making this tour happen.....(it) remains for me one of the singularly great experiences in my musical life.”
Reg Wing from England had this to report about reading the adventures of the band on the road: “I am fairly new to this e-mail thing but thanks to my friend Don Armstrong in California who put me in touch with you I have been able to enjoy reading the reports of the fabulous Mike Vax big band tour which has just taken place - I only wish that I could have been there. I guess that it must have brought back many memories for the musicians who had been on a Kenton band and on the band bus. Missing on this trip of course was the great man himself standing in the well of the bus keeping everyone in high spirits! It is great to know that the music which we love so much is being kept alive by this kind of enthusiasm and devotion. Many congratulations to Mike Vax and to all the musicians etc. who made the tour possible. If there is to be another in the future then I would like to know about it so that I can get there too. My best wishes to all the guys who I met up with in the seventies and also to all of those I have met since. “
Larry “Kroney” Kronenberger commented after reading the e-mail reports posted by Kim and Mike: I'd like to add my two cents in regard to Mike Vax's tour. We've just moved to the Minneapolis area. What a great welcome for us as to hearing this band. The guys in the band are most gracious. It was unfortunate that only a mere handful attended the Burnsville gig. But, the band played as if the joint was packed. The few who came were overwhelmed by the dynamics of this band. This band appeared to be gelling the longer it took to the stage. By the time Kim Richmond’s outstanding "Big Sur" composition was performed...the band truly sounded like the Kenton band of yore. Nay Nay, this is not a ghost band...This is a band in the making. What a true privilege to get in on the ground floor as a listener and Kenton aficionado to this band. Mike...don't let this band get to far away from you. This band is truly special.”
Mike Kaiser, one of the two cyberspace reporters reported on a typical program of music played by the Vax band: “The Vax band played two sets of music, with a short intermission between. It was a nice mix of "favorites" and newer charts—all played with in the Kenton tradition. The band sounded great and the audience ate it up. The following tunes were performed; You Are Too Beautiful. A Little Minor Booze. Circe. In the Wee Small Hours. Variations. Eager Beaver. Intermission Riff. BREAK. Vax Attacks. I've Never Been in Love Before. Out of Nowhere. Peanut Vendor. Younger Than Springtime. Blue (that's not the whole title—it's a tribute to Blue Mitchell). Samba Da Gamba.”
Kim Richmond reported the following: “After departing St. Louis at 8 AM, our bus streaked across Illinois and Indiana and stopped for lunch just before Indianapolis—at a place that had many restaurants. I took in the Steak & Shake (that was my growing up hangout in Champaign, Illinois where I was raised—they don't have them in California), while others took in the Cracker Barrel and a few found a White Castle to "down a few sliders." We arrived at the Hampton Inn in Clayton, OH around 4 PM. Doug, our bus driver, made good time on the interstate. That was 7 hours WITH the hour stop, and we did lose one hour as we went over the time zone into Eastern Daylight time. We left for our student clinic at 4:30 and did an hour at the school. Quite a few student saxophonists and it was a good clinic. We got some of the students to play, and we demonstrated section playing (I had arranged a couple of solis of different ways to voice the sax section on "Take the A Train") and solo sounds and styles. We then had one last potluck supper provided by the parents right there at the school cafeteria. Some good food, albeit rich and fattening. Cassaroles and desserts. They do like to eat in this part of the country. Then we went back to hotel to change and rest for an hour before returning to the high school. We got to hear the last few numbers of the Dayton Jazz Orchestra, which opened the concert and sounded very good.” (Editor’s Note: A slice of the road!)
When the tour was over, here’s what Mike had to say about it: “Hello everyone: Well, it is Thursday and I have still not "come down" from the high we were on while touring. The band played even beyond my expectations. It was roaring from the first night and just got better as we went. The guys were a pleasure to be with and I think they took a few of the "complications" of the road much better than I did. What a fraternity we have, those of us who remember the "ROAD!" (And especially the road with Stanley.....). Bill Trujillo said it best when he said two things: ‘ We became like brothers overnight. This is just about the best band I have ever played on.’ My sentiments exactly. The sections were all strong and played together like we had been on the bus for months. The soloists were unbelievable! (And EVERYONE in the band soloed at some point.) The combination of fire and coolness, power and beauty was something to behold. I think Stan would have been proud of what we did. We played a lot of new music in the Kenton Style, as well as pleasing the audience with some good oldies. We turned many young people on to the music and gave some of them, their first chance at improvisation. The fans that traveled with us were great! They helped in any way they could and were wonderful friends to us all. If I can get this all together to do again, maybe we can get enough fans to go along that we could have two busses. (Oh boy, maybe I am making more work than I want to.....)
Special thanks to Kim Richmond and Mike Kaiser for the wonderful diary they sent to all of you while we were touring! And to Dave Clements for all the hard work as road manager.”
[Editor’s Note: Mike’s band is booked into the Sun Valley Millennium New Years Gig at the Sun Valley Company, 1 Sun Valley Road, PO Box 10, Sun Valley, ID.....the gig will include: Vax, Steve Wilkerson, Roy Wiegand, Don Haas, Dave Stone, either Peter Erskine or Gary Hobbs, Cami Thompson, and Pete Barbuti......some gig! ...........Mike is talking about a tour of the East Coast in the year 2000; if any of you out there want to book the band, know of venues which will, or bring the band into your high school or university for a clinic and a concert next year in the East, let Mike know as soon as you can. A live two volume video of a previous concert, “Live at Morningside College Jazz Festival, 1995,” is available of the Mike Vax Big Band from Master Communications Group; also, a live CD is available entitled “I Remember You.” [Master Communications Group, Inc., 7222 Ohms Lane, Edina, MN 55439, 800-862-6164, FAX: 612-835-9573. To be in touch with Mike Vax, PO Box 8337, Pittsburg, CA 94565-8337, 925-427-6666 or FAX: 925-427-6789; e-mail
Mike’s website is: http://www.mikevax.com.
SAL SALVADOR and Crystal Image are working regularly in the greater southeastern Connecticut/New York area: his Crystal Image CD is still going strong.
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IAJE IN ANAHEIM IN JANUARY OF 1999 (in New Orleans in January of 20007): seen at the IAJE convention were Kentonians: Marvin Stamm, Mike Vax, Leon Breeden, Clem DeRosa, Bob Curnow, Bill Russo, Tom Ferguson, Chuck Iwanusa, Dr. Jack Wheaton, Steve Houghton, Neil Slater, Clay Jenkins, Rich Condit, Mark Taylor, Kim Park, Jim Widner, Jim Oats, Bill Perkins, Roy Weigand, Chuck Carter, Hank Levy, Glenn Stuart, Bob Florence, Kim Richmond, Terry Vosbein, Jeff Sultanoff, and others......
BIG BANDS INTERNATIONAL, Roy Belcher, PO Box 111, Reading, Berkshire, RG4 &DB, England, or Robert J. Robbins, Secretary, USA, 2000 Richard Drive, Broomall, Pennsylvania 19008-2741, 610-356-3909, FAX 610-544-3489; USA $18 per year......For A MULLIGAN'S INTERNATIONAL STEW (Gerry Mulligan fanletter), Dugelay Gerard, 14 Avenue Andre Malraux, 57000 Metz, France....BBC BIG BAND is now an independent band of musicians! It survives! It continues to have a club and a newsletter! Tony Sturgess, Hon. Secretary, Corolanty, 1/27 Boscombe Spa Road, Boscombe, Bournemouth BH5 1AS, England, UK, 01202 301775........JAZZ TRUMPET JOURNAL, Jazz Fidelity, PO Box 2564, Bassett, CA 91746-2564, 818-337-8546 ......CRESCENDO & JAZZ MUSIC, 28 Lambs Conduit St., London WC1N 3LE — consider subscribing to it.
THE NATIONAL MUSIC FOUNDATION is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to American music and the people who bring it to us. Their mission is to educate the public about American music and to provide for the retirement of professional associated with the music who cannot afford to retire on their own. See what they are doing: Gloria Pennington, President, The National Music Foundation, Lenox MA 01240, 1-800-USA-MUSIC.......JOEL KAYE’S NEOPHONIC JAZZ ORCHESTRA......continues to perform at Vartan’s Jazz (this Editor is told) in Denver, Colorado. Great jazz people who travel through Denver end up playing with this band.
BILLY TAYLOR’S SOUNDPOST is an informative newsletter about Taylor and his jazz connections and performances: PO Box 630305, Bronx, NY 10463......Send for the MAMA RECORDS CATALOGUE of CDs which include releases of: Bob Curnow & L.A. Big Band, Stan Kenton 50th Anniversary Celebration: Back to Balboa, Stan Kenton: The Best of Back to Balboa, Bob Florence Limited Edition, Gerald Wilson Orchestra and other great jazz performers: MAMA, 12190 1/2 Ventura Blvd., Ste 364, Studio City, CA 91604, 818-985-6565, FAX 818-985-6544.....DON MANNING’s radio program in the Greater Portland, Oregon area makes for good music listening. He appears on KBOO-FM. He has featured Stan Kenton, with guest and Kenton friend, Bill Haseltine, and various other big band luminaries.
THE STAN KENTON COLLECTION AT University of North Texas
Stan Kenton bequeathed most of his orchestra library to the University of North Texas, Denton, Texas; Leon Breeden, who for years headed up the jazz band program at UNT catalogued the collection. The collection comprises some 2,000 plus manuscripts representing the work of Kenton’s famous arrangers. The Stan Kenton Collection is supplemented by a gift from Noel Wedder, Kenton’s publicist, of over six hundred photographs of Kenton and his orchestras. An Index to the Scores, a Gallery of Images from the Stan Kenton Collection, and Links to other Kenton resources on the Internet, can be accessed on the World Wide Web at: http://www.library.unt.edu/info/music/kenton/default.asp. UNT has issued a 4 CD set of recordings celebrating the 50th anniversary of their jazz degree program. The CDs feature their Number One Lab Band, along with some guest soloists. You may recognize some Kenton alumni along the way. The CDs may be ordered for $50, and all proceeds will benefit the UNT jazz program. Write them for the CD and send your check: North Texas jazz, PO Box 305040, Denton, TX 76203, phone 940-565-3743, or order at their website: http://www.music.unt.edu/jazz/50yearCD
COLLEGE OF MARIN PRESENTS A TRIBUTE TO STAN KENTON
In early May, the College of Marin, Marin County’s community college, presented a Spring Concert at the Kentfield Campus; one half of the concert was music performed by the Stan Kenton orchestra. At this writing, the jazz band was to have played these charts: Ill Wind, Malaguena, Intermission Riff & A Kenton Medley. Doug Delaney is the band director. [Editor’s Note: Did anyone go to this concert? Give us a report!]
BIG BAND ACADEMY OF AMERICA, 6565 West Sunset Blvd., #516, Hollywood, CA 90028. MILT BERNHART is still president and managing director. Subscribe now!....Recently, the BBAA put on a great performance, as it does on a regular basis. (“The 1999 Big Band Reunion” held in March at the Sportsmen’s Lodge in Studio City). Milt reports: “The BBAA event was held on March 7, 1999 and I thought it went well. The guest band was the USC Studio Jazz Ensemble They surprised a whole lot of old-timers in the house. But the biggest surprise was the presence of Buddy Childers in the band - he was filling in for a student of his. Somehow , he didn't look out of place and it's been said that Buddy” is young at heart. “But the band itself played brilliantly and they had all kinds of widely varied music to play. We paid tribute to bands of yesteryear - Ellington (they played "Main Stem), Kenton (I did the "Peanut Vendor"), Goodman (Abe Most played "Clarinet Ala King") and Tex Beneke was there and sang a Billy May arrangement of "Ida" written sixty years ago for Miller. I presented Audree Kenton with our token of esteem in Stan's name , and of all things she was accompanied to the stage by Mort Sahl - who remarked in his inimitable style about Stan's growing importance in the overall big band picture as the years pass. I wasn't expecting Mort and was almost speechless - almost. And we gave a lifetime award to Patty Andrews, who hasn't missed one of our events and is a genuine super-star in American pop music if ever there was one. I wish you could have been there.” [Editor’s Note: Milt was one of the guest soloists; also, a Golden Bandstand appointment was given to Patty Andrews, of Andrews Sisters fame.]
ARAM KHACHATURYAN SPEAKS
R.C. Kinney is in possession of an aircheck of a BBC Radio quiz show called “My Music.” Panelist John Amis tells of a colleague, a well-known Australian pianist, who while on tour met a group of Russian musicians that included the famed composer Aram Khachaturyan. During the conversation, Amis inquired of the maestro, “Do you like Stan Kenton?” The Russians promptly withdrew and went into earnest, subdued conference. When they turned back and resumed the encounter, Kahachaturyan acted as spokesperson, and responded: “We Ah-DOOR Ston Kent-tahn.” [Editor’s Note: We adore Ken Stanton, also Aram!]
THE ASSOCIATION FOR RECORDED SOUND COLLECTIONS, INC, invites you to participate with them in their work of research, collection, study, publication and information exchange covering all aspects of sound recordings and recorded sound history: Write — Peter Shambarger, ARSC Executive Director, PO Box 543, Annapolis, MD 21404-0543.
THE WOODY HERMAN SOCIETY
The Woody Herman Society lives! Send in your words of enthusiastic support and application of $15.00 per annum to: Al Julian, The Woody Herman Society, 12854 S.W. Doug Drive, Lake Suzy, Florida 34266. THE HERDS is the newsletter. Al is Director and Editor; he is also a radio promoter and marketing consultant to many jazz musicians.....
HERE’S WHAT YOUR EDITOR HAS LISTENED TO RECENTLY, AND ENJOYED IMMENSELY
Nancy Marano & Manny Albam and the Netherlands Metropole Orchestra, “If You Could See Us Now.”
Joyce DiCamillo Trio, “Moment to Moment,” Seaside CD
“Live and Screamin’” Lenny King big band (see note herein)
EDITOR'S NOTE ABOUT "SPOTLIGHT" AND "PINLIGHT: This Editor wants to be able to pin- and spotlight as many alumni as possible. There has been no attempt to keep anyone from being given attention. No one has an "inside" track. If you want to let NETWORKERS know what you are doing....please, send me copy....articles, brochures, whatever highlights what it is that you are doing now....with a review of what you have done before and after Kenton. Consider this as your "alumni newsletter!"
SPOTLIGHT ON BOB CURNOW
Robert Curnow was a trombonist with The Stan Kenton Orchestra, touring all of the United States, Great Britain, Scotland and Wales (1963). He was a member of the last "Mellophonium Band". In 1973, he began a four-year stint as the A & R Director, arranger, composer, record producer and general manager for Kenton's Creative World Records. He produced over 30 LPs for Kenton, and his arrangements and compositions can be heard on six Stan Kenton albums.
Curnow is a past-president of the International Association of Jazz Educators. He served IAJE as an executive board member for fourteen years as treasurer, vice-president, president-elect, president and past-president. It was during his presidency that the National Associations of Jazz Educators became the international association that it is today. Membership grew dramatically in every area, the annual convention expanded along with the Leadership Conference, which was very helpful in establishing a new officer's manual, a new music review format, a new adjudication form and a restructuring of divisions/regions worldwide.
From 1976 to 1987 Curnow was the Director of Bands and Jazz Studies at California State University in Los Angeles, where he conducted the No. 1 Jazz Ensemble and the Wind Ensemble. Prior to that time, he taught at Michigan State University (1964-67) and Case Western Reserve University (1967-73). He has been a guest conductor of symphony orchestras (Boston Pops, Cleveland Philharmonic, Florida Symphony, Shreveport Symphony, etc.) and All-State Jazz Ensembles (New York, Georgia, Washington, Wisconsin, Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Kansas, etc.) throughout the United States. He also conducted the MENC All-Northwest Jazz Ensemble two times.
For eight years (1981-89), Curnow served as the director of the McDonald's All-American High School Jazz Band, helping to discover such talents as Christopher Hollyday, Geoff Keezer, Don Braden, Herb Harrison (w/Marcus Roberts), Wycliffe Gordon (w/Wynton Marsalis), Greg Gisbert and Tony Kadlick (w/Woody Herman), John Bailey, Kenny Rampton, Delfaeyo Marsalis and many other now-prominent "heavy-weights."
Mr. Curnow is the owner/president of Sierra Music Publications, located in Port Townsend, WA, publisher of the Stan Kenton Orchestra Library, the Oliver Nelson Library, the music of Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays, the Yellowjackets, the Maynard Ferguson "Birdland Dream Band" Library, the music of Bill Holman, Les Hooper and many other great jazz composers. Sierra Music is one of the fastest growing jazz music publishers in the world.
Curnow has served as an adjudicator and/or clinician at jazz festivals in over 40 states and Canada in the past 30 years. His more recent activities include conducting and arranging the new big-band recording of Pat Metheny music. The CD is Bob Curnow's L.A. Big Band, The Music of Pat Metheny & Lyle Mays. The album was recorded and produced in Los Angeles with an all-star band including jazz greats Bobby Shew, Steve Houghton, Don Rader, Rick Culver, Buddy Childers, Bill Cunliffe and many others. The CD was released on the MAMA Records label and it is the best selling CD in their history. He was also recently conducted his music in an "Arrangers' Holiday" concert in Las Vegas, NV in November, 1996, along with Sammy Nestico and Bob Florence. Curnow also conducted in Los Angeles in June, 1997 at the 4-day "Kenton Era" celebration of Stan Kenton and his music. Other conductors so honored were Bill Holman, Don Piestrup, Pete Rugolo, Bill Russo and Lennie Niehaus.
Bob's conducting also took him to Erie, PA to conduct the 1998 Pennsylvania All-State Jazz Ensemble (for whom he wrote "Keystone Shuffle" as a commission) and to Los Angeles in August, 1998, where he conducted a sensational Kenton alumni band in a concert commemorating the last performance of the Kenton band. On that concert ("Kenton Sounds") Bob also premiered his newest work titled "Towednack (home parish)". It received a standing ovation from the sold-out house at the Occidental College Auditorium. The band included, among many others, Peter Erskine, Kim Richmond, Bill Perkins, Jack Montrose, Greg Smith, Tom Porrello, Buddy Childers, Carl Saunders, Clay Jenkins, Ray Reed, Jim Amlotte and Kenny Shroyer.
Curnow had the great honor of being inducted into the Hall of Fame of the International Association of Jazz Educators in January, 1999. Some others in the Hall of Fame are Louis Armstrong, Stan Kenton, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Maynard Ferguson, Woody Herman, Billy Taylor, and Benny Carter among others.
PINLIGHT ON VIC LEWIS
Vic Lewis celebrated his 80th birthday this year. He was often referred to as “The Stan Kenton of England,” because his bands over the years have sounded like the Kenton bands, and many arrangements from the Kenton band were made available to Vic from Stan. Vic was born in 1919 in North London, England. He has been a jazz musician, big band leader, agent and cricketer; he has conducted the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra both in concert and on record and is a life member of the RPO. Currently he is adding new jazz recordings to the old collector’s items most of which are being reissued on CD. Vic has a voluminous collection of cricket club ties about which he has written a book: Cricket Ties: An International Guide for Cricket Lovers. He has been married to Jill for more than forty years and has a daughter and a granddaughter and still lives in North London. His life in show business spans six decades and he has worked with the greatest names in jazz and popular music — and, cricket!
Lewis was drawn to jazz as a teenager, formed his own quartet and soon found himself jamming with luminaries like Django Reinhardt, as well as with budding musicians on the London jazz scene. In New York in 1938, he made contact with some of the biggest names in jazz history — Count Basie, Eddie Condon, Tommy Dorsey, Buddy Rich, Lester Young and many others. After wartime service in the RAF, the Vic Lewis Jazzmen became a staple of radio and dance hall circuits, while in the 1950s the Vic Lewis Orchestra backed visiting American performers from Louis Armstrong to Johnnie Ray. Vic remembers the ups and downs of life ‘on the road,’ the backstage tensions and the onstage triumphs — conducting Stan Kenton’s orchestra at Carnegie Hall, sharing the bill with Bill Haley in front of a screaming teen audience.
In the 1960s and seventies he became a top manager and agent. He has toured with Cilia Black, Shirley Bassey, Andy Williams, Donovan, and on one memorable trip — the Beatles. His other passion is cricket. The Vic Lewis Cricket Club has boasted numbers celebrity players, from Sobers, Worrell, Laker, Timus and Viv Richards to Peter Cook, David Frost and Michael Parkinson and has raised more than three million pounds for charity. [Editor’s Note: Adapted from the brochure announcing the “Rendezvous Jazz Party.”]
PINLIGHT ON BILL RUSSO
William Russo’s “Street Music” was performed in Montreal, Quebec, Canada on February 25, 1999 by the Montreal Symphony, conducted by Charles Dutoit.
On April 19, Bill Russo was honored as “Musician of the Year” by the Societa Italiana per lo studia della musica Afroamericana in Pescara, Italy. Bill had begun the term as director of jazz orchestra studies at the European Jazz Orchestra School in Palermo on Italy’s Island of Sicily, succeeding Gunther Schuller in the position. Co-principal teacher with Russo was Bosnian trumpeter, Dusko Goykovich. He made (will make) three visits to Sicily, totaling seven weeks, between February and July. His Chicago Jazz Ensemble has become well-received wherever it plays. Bill is in the thick of the Duke Ellington centennial, having been one of the foremost interpreter’s of Ellington’s music. In early Spring, Bill was a key member of the panel presentations on Ellington at Amherst College in Western Massachusetts. (Also on the panel were Gunther Schuller, John Hasse, and others.) The Chicago Jazz Ensemble CD (Chase Music Group) is still available: William Russo, The Chicago Jazz Ensemble, 600 South Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60605-1996.
PINLIGHT ON BILL HOLMAN
Bill Holman is a “Grammy Award” winning composer and arranger. In some 45 years as a playing, working and composing/arranging musician, bill has become one of the most influential and respected writers in modern music. He has written for Charlie Barnet, Stan Kenton, Count Basie, Maynard Ferguson, Gerry Mulligan, Vic Lewis, Woody Herman and many others. His arrangements for Peggy Lee, Carmen McRae, Natalie Cole and the Fifth Dimension, have been acclaimed by many reviewers and music critics.
Formed in 1975, the present Bill Holman band is one of the last of the big bands working and recording regularly.
PINLIGHT ON STEVE WILKERSON
Steve Wilkerson began his jazz career at age eleven when he joined his father’s dance band in northeastern Oklahoma. After a brief stint in the Army, Steve attended the University of Tulsa on a full music scholarship. He was lead alto and jazz soloist with their award winning jazz band and graduated in 1975 with a BA in clarinet performance. After winning the National Downbeat College Combo award and garnering a guest appearance at the Wichita Jazz Festival, Steve joined the Stan Kenton Orchestra a lead alto and jazz soloist. After his tenure with Kenton, Steve moved to Los Angeles where his tenor sax work earned him a recording date with Shelly Manne. He did studio and television work with such celebrities as Bob Hope and Mitzi Gaynor. A move to the Midwest produced a recording contract with Skyline Records. The result was five albums which received heavy air play in the Chicago and Los Angeles areas. He received praise from critics who wrote that Steve was one of the ruling masters of the tenor saxophone. [Editor’s Note: I have heard Steve play — excitement is an understatement. More like controlled frenzie!] Steve formed his own quintet along with singer Andrea Baker, and together they toured the United States. In 1988, Steve completed an MM in saxophone performance from Pittsburg State University in Kansas. In 1989, Steve moved back to Los Angeles to accept the position as Director of Jazz Studies at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, California. Since coming to Mt. SAC, Steve’s program has grown from one to six bands and his band has won many awards including top honors at both the Reno Jazz Festivals and the Berkeley Jazz Festivals. He has also written for the Saxophone Journal. He is an artist/rep for the Selmer Corporation and is in constant demand as an artist/clinician across the USA. In Los Angeles, he keeps busy with his own quintet as well as actively playing with the Jack Sheldon Orchestra, Frank Capp’s Juggernaut Band, and many other groups. His new CD, “Classic Jazz” with singer Andrea Baker has been receiving heavy air play on KLON-FM. A new video, “Jazz Saxophone” was just released by Hal Leonard Publications.
ROSS BARBOUR has written one splendid book about the times of the Four Freshmen, entitled: Now You Know: The Story of the Four Freshmen; I have read it and it is engaging, lively, very inclusive, and as dynamic as Ross is himself....you've got to read it....published by Gerry Dexter, Balboa Books, a division of Tiare Publications, PO Box 493, Lake Geneva, WI 53147-0493, or send $23 to: John Bangs, Four Freshmen Society, 738 Monroe Street, Oshkosh, WI 54901-4649.
THE COLUMBUS JAZZ ORCHESTRA of the Columbus Jazz Arts Group, Ray Eubanks, Artistic Director, 709 College Avenue, Columbus, OH 43209-2308, 614-231-7836........MAGAZINE BINDERS for your copies of NETWORK are being sold by Kenneth Mason; write him and ask for a price list: 12 Wycomb Grove, Melton, Mowbray, Leicester LE13 2EQ, 0166 485 1930......JAZZ JOURNAL LTD., a magazine of great repute: 1-5 Clerkenwell Road, London EC1M 5PA, phone 0171-608 1348/1362, Fx 0171-608-1292.
BILL RUSSO conducts The Chicago Jazz Ensemble, an important jazz repertory orchestra, which plays the music of Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Woody Herman, Jelly Roll Morton, James P. Johnson, King Oliver, and STAN KENTON (and Russo) is playing to great reviews. Russo spent three weeks in Palermo, Sicily early in 1999; the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Charles Dutoit, recently played Bill’s “Street Music,” with Corky Seigel; he also spoke in February at Amherst University, Massachusetts, at a Duke Ellington conference. Buy the CD THE CHICAGO JAZZ ENSEMBLE (Chase Music Group 80522)
THE MUSIC OF THE STAN KENTON ORCHESTRA
Compositions and arrangements by STAN KENTON, PETE RUGOLO, BILL HOLMAN, DEE BARTON, HANK LEVY, WILLIE MAIDEN BOB CURNOW, HUGO MONTENEGRO, GENE ROLAND, KEN HANNA, MAYNARD FERGUSON, GERRY MULLIGAN, DON SEBESKY, and others. Bob Curnow, long-associated with Stanley and Creative World Publications is offering these great Kenton orchestral charts from his: SIERRA MUSIC You may also want to purchase Bob's L.A. BIG BAND CD. The Music of Pat Metheny & Lyle Mays. MAMA Foundation MMF 1009. Available from Sierrra: PO Box 928, Port Townsend, WA 98368-0928, phone: 800-255-6551; International: 360-379-9774; FAX: 360-379-9782. E-Mail: email@example.com; http://www.sierramusic.com ...... $15 which includes shipping and handling. Featured are: Bobby Shew, Bob Sheppard, Buddy Childers, Bill Cunliffe, Steve Houghton and more.
Ed Bride & Tony Agostinelli conducted another “very special celebration” of Stan Kenton at WAMC-FM, Northeast Public Radio, headquartered in Albany, New York in February, 1999. The program was listened to widely in Western Massachusetts and Eastern New York.
IAJE HAS PUBLISHED the BILL LEE BOOK STAN KENTON: ARTISTRY IN RHYTHM: Dr. William Lee, Executive Director of IAJE, has announced a newly re-issued Stan Kenton: Artistry in Rhythm. It has been published in soft-cover with editing by Audree Coke and foreword by Mort Sahl. It is available again. So if you have been looking for a copy, send check or money order in the amount of $19.95 plus $3.00 plus postage and handling to: IAJE, PO Box 724, Manhattan, KS 66502-0724.
THE BUD SHANK NEWSLETTER “Bud Note:” Bud Shank, “Bud Note,” PO Box 948, Port Townsend, Washington 98368-0948, phone 360-385-0281, FAX 360-379-9923. His website is — http://www.budshankalto.com .....Bud Shank’s new CD is a tribute to Gerry Mulligan entitled, “After You, Jeru.” He joined many illustrious west coasters in the recently held, Jazz West Coast II. In July, Bud will be at Seward Park in Seattle, and at the Bud Shank Jazz Workshop and Port Townsend Jazz Festival later in the month. Bill Holman will lead the Festival Big Band; Jiggs Whigham, Gary Hobbs & Bob Curnow will be among the faculty for the Jazz Workshop.....To contact Bud, e-mail
PLACES TO GET CDs, LPs, BOOKS, AUCTIONS, EQUIPMENT & VIDEOs:
It's a long list, and it's been published in past issues of THE NETWORK; only those flyers which come regularly across my desk between issues of NETWORK are printed here:
JAMEY AEBERSOLD JAZZ AIDS, PO Box 1244, New Albany, NY 47151-1244, 800-456-1388
RAY AVERY JAZZ ARCHIVES, 1800 N. Beverly Glen Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90077, 310-474-0634
ANTIQUE EDISON, John Marinacci, 301 Murray Avenue, Bridgeville, PA 15017, 412-221-4946
BILL BACIN, Box 394, Ingram, TX 78025-0394
JEFF BARR, All Jazz Records, PO Box 1141, La Quinta, CA 92253-1141
BENEDIKT & SALMON RECORD RARITIES, 3020 Meade Ave., San Diego, CA 92116, 619-281-3345
BERT'S, Music & Video for the Connoisseur, 2901 Concord Pike, Talleyville, DE 19803, 302-478- 3724
BIG BAND JUMP, Box 12,000, Atalnta, GA 30305, 800-377-0022
BIG BANDS RECORD LIBRARY, (Aerospace) Ray Anthony, 9288 Kinglet Drive, Los Angeles CA 90069, 310-858-1992 or 800-845-2263 (Great big band CDs!!)
BOSE EXPRESS MUSIC, 145 Pennsylvania Avenue, Framingham, MA 01701, 1-800-451-BOSE
ED BURKE, 4870 SW 103 Avenue, Cooper City, FL 33328 or Jazz Hour, PO Box 841408, Pembroke Pines, FL 33084
CADENCE, Cadence Building, Redwood, NY 13679, 315-287-2852, FAX 315-287-2860
WILLIAM & A. CARRARO, 25 Aberdeen St., Malverne, NY 11565
JOHN CLEMENT, PO Box 20602, Park West Station, New York, NY 10025.
CLASSIC MUSIC DIRECT, 1444 N. Highland Avenue, Hollywood, CA 90028, 800-457-2577, FAX 213-466-1437
COLLECTORS’ CHOICE MUSIC: P.O. Box 838, Itasca, IL 60143-0838, 800-923-1122
ALAN COOPERMAN, (Mostly trad jazz), PO Box 310, Millington, NJ 07946-0310, 908-604-4906
CRAIG RECORDING/JAZZ MARK, PO Box 943, El Dorado, AR 71730-0943, 501-862-5480, FAX 501-863-3062
CREATIVE WORLD RECORDS (Gene Norman)(GNP Crescendo), 8400 Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood, CA 90069, 213-656-2614 & 800-654-7029
CRITICS CHOICE VIDEO, P.O. Box 749, Itasca, IL 601413-0749, 800-367-7765
DAYBREAK M.O., INC. 140 West 22nd St., 12 Floor Front, NY, NY 10011, 800-666-5277.
DISCOLLECTION (hard to find discks), PO Box 501832, Indianpolis IN 46250
DOWNBEAT, Jazz, Blues & Beyond, 180 West Park Av., Elmhurst, IL 60126, 708-941-2030
EAST BREEZE RECORDS, LTD., 850 Field St. Bldg., 7 #1, Camden, Ak 71701
ESOTERIC SOUND (Auction), 4813 Wallbank Ave., Downers Grove, IL 60515
FACETS VIDEO, 1517 W Fullerton Avenue, Chicago, IL 60614, 800-331-6197
FANTASY, INC., 2600 Tenth St., Berekley, CA 94710; http://www.fantasyjazz.com
FOOTLIGHT RECORDS (Out of print), 112 East 12th Street, New York, NY 10003, 212-533-1572. http://www.footlight.com/shop/html
GM RECORDINGS, Gunther Schuller, 167 Dudley Road, Newton Centre, MA 02159, 617-332-6398
GARY'S EXCHANGE, PO Box 1046, Stuart, VA 24171-1046, 540-694-3824, Fx 540-694-4424, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
GOAT HILL RECORDS, 1920 Harbor Blvd., Costa Mesa, CA 92627, 714-646-8551
H & B RECORDINGS DIRECT, San Antonio, TX, 800-222-6872
HAROLD HANSEN, 7344 Coronado Dr., Burnaby, B. C., V5A 1R1, Canada, 604-420-9232
JIM HARTLEY, "The Record Hunter," 1430 St. Michael Av., East Point, GA 30344
WARREN W. HICKS, (auctions) Box 176, Georgetown, CT 06829-0176, 203-544-9081, FAX: 203-544-9311; http://recordsforcollectors.com
HINDSIGHT RECORDS, Pete Kline, PO Box 7114, Burbank, CA 91510-7114, 315-769-0638
INTERNATIONAL MUSICAL SUPPLIERS, P.O. Box 357, Mt. Prospect, IL 60056-0357, 800-762- 8126, email@example.com
INTERNATIONAL RECORDS, 2094 W Redlands Boulevard, Redlands, California 92373-6287 Tel/FAX: 909-796-6110
J & N IMPORT/EXPORT RECORDS, PO Box 765, Camden, AR 71701-0765, 501-231-4244
J & R MUSIC WORLD, New York City, NY, 800-221-8180
JAZZ & SWING, The Record Centre, 45-46 Loveday St., Birmingham, England B4 6NR, phone 0121 359 7399
JAZZ COLLECTIONS, 3803 Idle Court, Bowie, MD 20715-1402, 301-464-2137
JAZZ ETC. PO Box 393, Bergenfield, NJ 07621-0393
JAZZ MEDIA (Books), Dortheavej 39, DK-2400, NV Denmark, phone (+45) 3119 8590, Fx (+45) 3119 0110
THE JAZZ RECORD CENTER, Frederick Cohen, 236 W 26th St. #804, New York, NY 10001, 212- 675-4480 (VISA, MasterCard, AMEX)
JAZZ RECORD EXCHANGE, Richard Hartig, PO Box 125, Jamaica, NY 11415-0125, 718-849-6176
JAZZ RECORD MART, 444 North Wabash Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611-3538, 800-684-3480/312-222-1467, FAX: 312-222-0497, http://www.jazzmart.com (firstname.lastname@example.org)
JOYA’S SUGAR SHACK RECORDS, (Auction), 3576 Hunting Run Rd., Medina, OH 44256, phone 330-722-8453, Fx 330-722-8453
JOYCE RECORD CLUB, INC., Dick Gehr (new owner), Box 1687, Zephyrhills, FL 33539-1687, phone 813-715-7688, Fx 813-715-7655, e-mail: email@example.com
THE JAZZ STORE, PO Box 43327, Upper Montclair, NJ 07043-0327, 800-558-9513
MIKE KAPTANIS (Auctions), 64 Kingsley Drive, Yonkers, NY 10710, 914-779-9728
KAY JAZZ PRODUCTIONS (Margaret Kay)(Status) Dept NTWK, 29 May Road, Rochester, Kent, ME1 2HY, England, Phone Maggie Kay at: 44 163 440 5698
KHARMA JAZZ RECORDS, (Auction), Dan Serro,131 NW 154th St., Miami, FL 33169-6724, phone 305-956-7893, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
JOHN R. KILLOCH, 65 Hundred Acre Road, Sutton, Coldfield, West Midlands, B74 2LB, England
LRC LTD., 16 Montrose Pl., Melville, NY 11747, 516-643-9259
LARRY’S BOOKS & AUTOGRAPHS, PO Box 1018, Lafayette, CA 94549-1018, phone: 510-935-4131, FAX: 510-935-0407
LATTO BOOKS, Adam C.A. Latto, 6 Felkington Farm Cottages, By Duddo, Berwick-Upon-Tweed, Northumberland, TD15 2NR, Phone: 01289 387439
LEON LEAVITT, PO Box 38395, Los Angeles, CA 90038
DANIEL LINK, "Mr. Jazz," 11523 Edgewater Drive, Cleveland, OH, 216-631-3990
MAMA FOUNDATION, 12190 1/2 Ventura Blvd.,Suite 364, Studio City, CA 91604
MARGUN/GUNMAR MUSIC, INC., Gunther Schuller, Music Charts of BILL RUSSO & GERRY MULLIGAN, 167 Dudley Road, Newton Centre, MA 02159, 617-332-6398
MARINA MUSIC SERVICE, INC., (Charts only), PO Box 3603, 1014 First Avenue South, Suite #404, Seattle, WA 98134-3603, 800-331-4528; FAX: 206-748-0096. E-Mail: email@example.com. Website: http://www.marinamusic.com
R. MC CARTER, Record Auction, 126 E. Harmony, West Grove, PA 19390, 610-869-2042
MOBILE FIDELITY SOUND LAB, 105 Morris Street, Sebastopol, CA 95472 800-423-5759
CRAIG MOERER, Records By Mail, Portland, OR 97280, 503-232-1735
MOLE JAZZ, 311 Grays Inn Road, London WC1X 8PX, England, 071-278-8623, .....833-1591, FAX 0171-833-1029, e-mail
MONTPELLIER RECORDS, Kevin & Frank Toohey, 57 The Courtyard, Montpellier St., Cheltenahm, Glos. GL 50 1SR, England, UK, 1242222009
MOR MUSIC CLUB, P.O. Box 20066, St. Petersburg, FL 33742, 800-227-5000, FAX 813-579-4667
MOSAIC RECORDS, Mike Cuscuna, 35 Melrose Place, Stamford, CT 06902-7533, 203-327-7111 (STAN KENTON ON CAPITOL 7 CD set, BILL RUSSO, BILL HOLMAN & SHORTY ROGERS & others) (Also “True Blue” catalogue)
MUSE RECORDS, 160 W 71 Street, New York, NY 10023, 212-873-2020
MUSIC BOOK STORE, Jazz and Blues Books, 122 Laird Dr., Toronto, Ontario M4G 3V3, Canada, 416-696-2850, FAX: 416-696-0736,
MUSIC FOR PLEASURE Catalogue (EMI Records, Ltd.), FREEPOST License No. 2437, Hayes, Middlesex, UB4 0BR, England, UK
NAUCK'S VINTAGE RECORDS, 6323 Inway Dr., Spring, TX 77389-3643, 713-370-7899 & FAX 713- 251-7023
MR NOSTALGIA, Charles P. Morrison, PO Box 26414, Tamarac, FL 33320-6414, 954-726-5420, FAX 954-722-0743
ARTHUR L. NEWMAN, (current and out-of-print jazz books), 10325 Elk River Ct., Fountain Valley, CA 92708, 714-968-3706 & 714-968-3921
ODYSSEY BOOKSTORE, 1439 Stanley St., Montreal, Quebec, Canada, 514-844-4843
OTTER DISTRIBUTORS, PO Box 11267, Glendale, CA 91226-7267, (71 Kenton CDs for sale), http://www.otterdist.com
PARNASSUS RECORDS, Leslie Gerber, 56 Parnassus Lane, Saugerties, NY 12477
PENDER'S MUSIC COMPANY, Jazz Catalog, 314 S. Elm, Denton, TX 76201, 800-772-5918
RAY'S JAZZ SHOP, 180 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2h 8JS, England, 071-240-3969
THE RECORD CENTRE, 45/46 Loveday Street, Birmingham, England, 021-359-7399
THE RECORD FINDER, PO Box 1047, Glen Allen, VA 23060-1047, 804-266-1154, e-mail — firstname.lastname@example.org; http://www.recordfinders.com
PAUL A. RISEMAN, (Auctions) 2205 South Park Avenue, Springfield, IL 62704, phone — 217-787-2634; email — email@example.com
RHAPSODY FILMS, INC., Bruce Ricker, President, 46-2 Becket Hill Rd., Lyme, CT 06371, 860-434-3610, FAX 860-434-6201, e-mail — firstname.lastname@example.org;
ERIC ROSE's Music Inn, 7-11 West End Arcade, Nottingham, England, NG1 6JP, 0602-470754, Phone: 0115 947 0754
PAUL SCRIVEN, (Auctions), 238 W State St., Nile, OH 44446
SIERRA MUSIC PUBLICATIONS (Charts/arrangements) PO Box 928, Port Townsend, WA 98368-0928, phone: 800-255-6551; international: 360-379-9774; FAX: 360-379-9782; E-mail: email@example.com; http://www.sierramusic.com
SHIPPED DISCS, PO 410, Annandale, VA 22203-0410, 703-764-9786
GEORGE SILHA, The House of Music, 2057 W 95th St, Chicago, IL 60643-1129, 312-239-4114, FAX 312-239-9722
STASH MAIL ORDER, 140 West 22d St., 12 Flr., New York, NY 10011, 800-666-5277
SUBMARINE (Magic & Status), 13 Gardenia Road, Bush Hill Park, Enfield, Middlesex, EN1 2JA England, 0181 360 3486
THORNBURY-HALL COLLECTIONS (Rare Jazz Auction), PO Box 1938, Beverly Hills, CA 90213- 1938, FAX: 310-275-1891
THE RECORD FINDER, PO Box 1047, Glen Allen, VA 23060-1047
THIRD STREET JAZZ, 20 North 3rd St., Philadelphia, PA 19103, 215-627-3366
TIME WARNER SOUND EXCHANGE Catalogue, 54 N Industry Ct., Dee Park, NY 11729-4614, 800- 521-0042, FAX 516-254-7988
TOWER RECORDS, Mail Order, 22 East 4th Street, 4th Floor, New York, NY, 10003, 800-ASK-TOWER
UNC JAZZ PRESS, Music Charts, University of North Colorado, Greeley, CO 80639, 970-351-2577, Fx 970-351-2536, e-mail: UNCJAZZ@aol.com; http://www.arts.unco.edu/UNCJazz/main.html
VGM, PO Box 288, Ashland, OH 44805-0288, 419-289-1866
VSOP, 4343 B Viewridge Ave., San Diego, CA 92123, phone 619-573-0727; FAX 619-573-0731; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
VINTAGE JAZZ MART/MODERN JAZZ MART, Russ Shor, PO Box 8184, Radnor, PA 19087-8184
VINTAGE DISTRIBUTING, INC., 8211-R Cloverleaf Dr., Millersville, MD 21108, 800-523-2036, FAX 800-523-2035
VIDEO & RADIO YESTERYEAR, Box C, Sandy Hook, CT 06482, 800-243-0987
WALRUS MUSIC PUBLISHING, PO Box 11267, Glendale, CA 91226-7267
KEN WHITEHOUSE, 18 St. Peter's Close, Stonnall, Staffs, WS9 9EN, England, UK, 01543 370 959
GEORGE WILSON, 1079 Stuart Rd., Princeton, NJ 08540, 609-921-837
WORLDS RECORDS, PO Box 1922, Novato, CA 94948-1922, 800-742-6663 & 415-898-1609, FAX 415-898-6348
YESTERDAYS MUSIC MASTERS, Jack Freedman, 1205 W. Cypress Unit 70, San Dimas, CA 91773, 800-853-6866,
THE MUSIC OF JOHNNY RICHARDS
Arranged for stage bands, is available. 12 arrangements from Private Library, Inc. publications, owned by Johnny and Eddie Safranski are now available in their original formats for schools (4 trumpets, 4 trombones, 4 rhythm, and sometimes a conductor’s score). The set of 12 includes: La Suerte de los Tontos, Dimples, Three Cornered Cat, To a Sleeping Beauty, Run Wild, Walk Softly, Recuerdos, the Moon Stood Still, El Congo Valiente, Sunday’s Child, Burrito Borracho, and Stage Twelve. Richards and Safranski had intended these for use by colleges, universities and high schools. They are being made available now. For your set, please send a check or money order in the amount of $80 made out to: Private Library, Inc., Tony Agostinelli, 66 Brownell Street, Touisset Point, Warren, RI 02885-1502. The $80 covers cost of shipping and handling, and the remainder goes for the maintenance of the scores and memorabilia of Eddie Safranski and the Private Library’s music of Johnny Richards. [With permission of Erica Tonner (Safranski), Eddie’s daughter, acting on behalf of her father’s estate who has ownership of the printed copies of Private Library, Inc.]
THE FOUR FRESHMEN SOCIETY: Join, if you haven't? New Members and Renewals: FF Society Membership Dept., PO Box 9804, McLean, VA 22102-0804. New — $30 per couple; $20 per single; $35 outside USA; $15 for USA renewals; $18 for overseas. The Four Freshmen appeared in a “Tribute to Stan Kenton” concert with the Dennis Noday Band in January in Sarasota, Florida.
MONOGRAPHS WRITTEN by Anthony J. Agostinelli.
Send your request for: Stan Kenton: The Many Musical Moods of His Orchestras, to: Tony Agostinelli, 66 Brownell Street, Touisset Point, Warren, RI 02885-1502, USA. Cost has been set at $12.00 plus $3.00 for handling and first class postage in the USA. . For the UK, Europe and other international locations an International Postal Money Order in the amount of £10 sterling will cover the costs (postage included); allow 2-3 weeks for delivery. For other parts of the world, use the USA rate as the basis for your computation. International postal money orders are easiest to change into USA currency. Also available are Agostinelli’s — Some Composer/Arrangers I Have Known and Eddie Safranski: A Retrospective — cost has been set at $10.00 plus $3.00 for handling and first class postage in the USA. Same International rate as above.
BILL MARLOW, A KENTONIAN
[Editor’s Note: Bill Marlow was a Boston area radio personality, a good friend to Stan Kenton, and narrator on Stan’s film, “Bound to Be Heard.” In late July, 1996, he died. Here are a few comments about him by John J. Donnelly].
“Many of us in the Greater Boston area probably heard our first ‘good’ music back in the 50s and 60s and then on a catch as catch can basis in the 80s and 90s. Bill Marlowe was a hell of a fan of Stan and his music, and was the voice on Kenton’s film, ‘Bound to Be Heard......’ If you heard Bill’s voice once, it stuck with you for life. The past several years, Bill had to purchase his air time and sell commercials on it in order to keep on playing the music he loved....Stan....Frank Sinatra.....the Freshmen.....June Christy....I can remember a trip to the old Crystal Room in Milford back in the early 60s to hear Stan and meeting Bill for the first time there. If memory serves me right, it was early on the ‘Road Show’ tour. Stan was great and Bill was Bill....larger than life. Jazz-oriented radio in Boston just isn’t the same w/o Bill. WICN which plays the most jazz these days seems to hardly play any of Stan’s music. Bill is gone. Ron Della Chiesa is handicapped by limited jazz air time in trying to introduce new people to Stan, especially the younger ones.......” [Editor’s Note: Ron Della Chiesa, who is now the voice of classical music in the mornings at WGBH-FM, and the voice of the Boston Symphony Orchestra both at Symphony Hall and at Tanglewood, has a Friday night “Great American Songbook” program, and a Saturday night jazz-oriented program on WPLM-FM in Plymouth.....Della Chiesa also features Sinatra on Sundays from 10 am to 2 pm on WPLM. The music is being played.]
AL “JAZZBEAUX” COLLINS....LEGENDARY DJ
[Excerpted from the San Francisco Chronicle, compliments of Torri Minton] Al “Jazzbeaux” Collins, legendary radio personality for many years died from cancer in October of 1997 in Mill Valley, California. “Mr. Collins’ colorful career — his studio was always the ‘Purple Grotto’ — spanned 56 years, 11 U.S. Presidents,” and many stints on radio. His last gig was as host of a Saturday night weekly program on KCSM-FM, the college radio station at the College of San Mateo, California. “Mr. Collins invented the imaginary subterranean studio one night in New York in 1950, when he looked around at the violet paint job in the announcer’s booth at station WNEW and began telling his listeners about a glowing grotto with stalactites and mushrooms. Soon, Mr. Collins and his night-owl audience invented a cavern filled with imaginary friends like Harrison, the 176-year old purple Tasmanian owl with bright orange eyes, named after onetime ‘Talk of the Town’ columnist Harrison Kinney of The New Yorker. Mr. Collins was such a character that Mad Magazine once did a cartoon spread on him and his imaginary characters in the 1960s. He also made up ‘Grimm’s Fairy Tales for Hip Kids’ and jazzy, beatnik, nursery rhymes.” He hosted ‘The Tonight Show’ for a short time after Steve Allen quit the program. He is survived by his wife of 31 years and seven children from three marriages.” [Editor’s Note: among my earliest recollection of hearing jazz on radio was from powerful AM stations whose signals often increased dramatically in the night. I recall hearing Collins in the late 1940’s, and because I was able to listen to him from as far from New York as Burlington, Vermont in the early 1950s, his background music at the time was Miles Davis’ “Boplicity,” and Nat “King” Cole’s “Easy Listening Blues.” These tunes are forever ingrained in my psyche. Goodbye, “Jazzbeaux,” I’m glad I got to chat with you by phone just before you moved on...thanking you for my early radio introduction to jazz.]
BILL GOTTLIEB, NOTED JAZZ PHOTOGRAPHER, AT 82
....keeps on keeping on.....he had open heart surgery in June of 1997, but keeps on working....he keeps on showing up with his traveling/touring jazz photographic collection. His photographs of Stan Kenton are outstanding, and copies can be purchased from him. He was given a “lifetime” award by down beat, and by the New Jersey Jazz Society. The New York Times devoted a page to the art of jazz photographers, and he was featured prominently. His calendars and books are in great demand. His book, The Golden Age of Jazz and published by Pomegranate Press is in its TENTH printing. Kenton’s photographs are featured prominently. The Library of Congress has purchased his photographs and can be found on its website; there is also a Bill Gottlieb CD-ROM in the works. The Smithsonian also has his photographs on its website and sends several of his photographs on its “Seeing Jazz” tour. His photographs have appeared in a cigar magazine, Smoke — a six-page spread. The Jazz Store (see listing) has many of images for sale on posters, postcards, T-shirts, calendars and the like. His photographs have become U.S. Postage stamps.......Billie Holiday, Mildred Bailey, Jimmy Rushing, Charlie Parker, and soon, Red Allen and J.C. Higginbotham. If there is a Stan Kenton stamp down the line, let’s hope one of Bill’s photographs of Stan is used. His photographs have appeared on exhibition in over 150 museums and libraries. The photos have been used on more than 250 record and CD covers. In sum, Bill, an ardent photographer from the “golden age” of jazz is still around and much in evidence. To be in touch with him: Bill Gottlieb, c/o Delia Potofsky, Public Relations, 11 Market Lane, Great Neck, NY 11020, 516-466-0495. His photographs of Stan surely capture the essence of Stan.
LETTER FROM THE WEST COAST FROM STAN KENTON TO AN EAST COAST BAND MEMBER IN JUNE OF 1950
[Editor’s Note: The following letter was sent by Stan to a Kenton musician residing in New York in June of 1950. It shows Stan at his human best. He had plans for a summer jazz festival and a music school! How about that? I have excised the band member’s name; and, have made the paragraphs run on in the interest of space (P marks a new paragraph); the letter was provided me by the band member’s son.]
“Dear XXXXX: It seems this is the first chance I have had to sit down and write you anything other than a note, so here I go. (P) First of all, I hope you and your family have been able to adjust yourselves to conditions, and are well on the road to recovery after your XXXXXX passing. I want you to know that all of us here were concerned and felt the most for all of you. (P) You have probably heard about what happened at the Bowl. Everything was quite successful. We have been endeavoring to clear up a lot of the details still hanging from the tour, as well as giving next year’s bookings considerable thought. (P) After much consideration, we finally decided to take the Orchestra of twenty men, without the strings, into the Rendezvous Ballroom for the summer. We won’t gain too much except it will give the guys a chance to make a little money, because most of them are on their cans here. We are going to try to get some kind of a summer jazz festival going. This will help conditions for all of us. (P) You probably know that Shelly and Milt are fighting out their cards here, that Paladino is with Les Brown and Russo went to Chicago. We are definitely planning on getting the music school going in September. I don’t feel we can wait any longer. Probably won’t have things on as large a scale as we would like but, at least, we will have something to work for and have grow later. (P) All the guys seem to be quite happy about going down to the Beach this summer, even thought our salaries will only be scale which, incidentally, you can keep to yourself. The Ballroom is in such a beaten condition I could not make any other deals at present until we build the thing up to something. We have some pretty good records which will be released in an album in October and should help a lot. (P) As you know, I am still most concerned over your coming to California, even thought I don not have much to offer you. If things are rough in New York, you might as well starve here as anywhere, because I believe the situation looks better here. Please talk this over with (wife) and let me know your feelings. You know that I want you to do the thing that you think is best, irregardless. Please give my best to (wife) and write when you get a chance. As ever, Stan. (SK/jh)”
MIKE VAX REMEMBERS STRUGGLES TO “GET THE SECOND HALF OF THE MONEY”
[Editor’s Note: Mike Vax wrote this brief e-mail message in response to memories recalled by Noel Wedder on the Stan Kenton-List on the Internet].
“If I only could have the time and the room to tell you about the 4 1/2 months when Stan was sick in 1971, and I had to try every night to get the second half of the money. What a struggle that was. There was this one time at XXXXXX, a club in Chicago when I dealt with the manager, who had his gun visible under his coat.....whew! Then there was the XXXXXX club in Dallas where Willie Maiden threatened the manager with tearing his club apart if we didn’t get our bread, while the guy’s thugs were standing on either side of me. Whew!”
“Retiring to smaller home....no room for extensive Stan Kenton LP collection (about 50 albums). Will donate (cost of postage only) to private party interested in the man and his music. E-mail only at
THANKS FOR YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS: A very special THANKS! for those who advanced money so this NETWORK could be published and mailed. Many of you have been generous to contribute to the operations of THE NETWORK — and more than once, I might add. Thanks to R. H. WHITEHOUSE for mailing the NETWORKS in the UK & to the Continent. [Editor's Note: if you live in the UK, or Ireland, send your contributions to: Ray Whitehouse, 33 Harbour Lane, Milnrow, Rochdale, OL16 4EL, England]. Because many of you wrote to let me know that you did not want your name included in NETWORK as a contributor, and because the list takes up more than half a page, I will omit the list, so there will be room for copy! Thanks also are due to members of my family et al for their help in putting out NETWORK over the years: Barbara, Maria, Denis, Kate, Frank, Francesca, Cecilia, Zoey, Mark, Debra, Matt, and Fiona.
EPILOGUE 2: [Network XXIV put to bed: May 31, 1999.] [Kenton kicked off the Summer Season at the Rendezvous Ballroom on Memorial Day Weekend in 1941 — his band had played several weekends previously at that famed dance pavilion.]