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"Cover. Stan Kenton." Capitol News. September 1945. cover.
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"Kenton Crew Rides '45 Gravy Train." Capitol News. September 1945. 3.
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STAN KENTON and his zooming "artistry in rhythm" orchestra move into the most prized hotel room in the nation this month—on Sept. 10—for four weeks with loads of airtime assured. The setting for Stan's brilliant music will be the Cafe Rouge of Hotel Pennsylvania in New York City.

Organized in June of 1941, the Kenton combination has thus achieved the absolute pinnacle. Only a few weeks ago the band played the N.Y. Paramount Theatre. And following the Hotel Pennsylvania engagement Stan and his gang—with Gene Howard and June Christy in charge of the vocals—will jump some 3500 miles westward to open at the Hollywood Palladium for a climactic eight-week run, broadcasting via CBS.

Plenty of Reason For Success

Kenton's Palladium opening is set for Oct. 30. He follows Jan Savitt. Unorthodox arrangements, which have influenced scores of lesser-known bands throughout the nation; top singers, Stan's own solo piano stylings and an unusually talented assemblage of side-men are the factors behind the band's spectacular rise to top money brackets. In recent weeks the Kenton Capitol waxing of "Tampico" has boosted the band's stock to a new high.

How the Band Lines Up

Here is Kenton's personnel as it will appear at the Hotel Pennsy opening Sept. 10: Al Anthony, Boots Mussulii, Bob Cooper, Sam Aleccia, Bob Gioga, saxes; Buddy Childers, Ray Wetzel, Russ Burgher, Johnny Anderson, Bob Lymperis, trumpets; Freddie Zito, Milt Kabak, Jimmy Simms, Bart Varsalona, trombones; Stan Kenton, piano; Bob Ahern, guitar; Ed Szafranski [
sic], bass; Bob Varney, drums.
"Cover. Stan Kenton." Capitol News. December 1946. cover.
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"Front Cover." Capitol News. December 1946. 2.
Pegged on Page One of this, the Christmas issue of the Capitol News, are Stan Kenton and three of the sidemen who helped make Stan's “the” band of 1946 just as if was generally rated, 12 months ago, as “the” band of 1945.

It was just five years ago that Stan made his debut as a bandleader.

In 1945 he made it, as did Woody Herman, Glenn Miller. Benny Goodman and Paul Whiteman ahead of him. He's been making it since. Witness his current 8-week run at the New York Paramount Theater, in which he has attracted the biggest grosses in the theater's history; his solid bookings well into 1947 at the nation's finest hotels and ballrooms; the motion pictures he has completed, and the pictures and network radio show, sponsored, which are now being negotiated in his behalf. Take note, too, of his new “Artistry in Rhythm” album which may likely wind up as the hottest-selling package of wax in a full decade.

This—Stan Kenton’s—is the band of the year. For the second year. For more news about Stan and his gang of spirited young champions, and what Kenton plans for the coming year, gander “Off the Cuff” on Page 4.

Al Anthony. Ed Safranski and Bob Cooper are sidemen pictured.
Armando C Rios. "Pop-Offs. Cuban Kenton Fantastic." Capitol News. December 1946. 2.
I’m an announcer of one of the local stations. We have several programs of American records and i always tell the Cuban swing fans all about the news I read in The capitol about the bands and favorite singers...I want you to let Stan Kenton know that he is my favorite bandleader and we have a club named “Stan Kenton Cuban Club” with 158 members. They call themselves “Artistry in Rhythm Boys.” Please keep The Capitol coming my way. You can’t imagine how much I enjoy it.

Armando G. Rios
Radio Station CMHM
Cienfuegos, Cuba
"Off the Cuff." Capitol News. December 1946. 4.
Does the Stan Kenton band sound different to you lately? Could be Kenton admits, for he now has a personal masseur who keeps him in shape. He is also featuring five trombones, with Skip Layton entering the band to share solos with Kai Winding. But the payoff line is that Stan will hire a vocal group when his band returns to H’wood in late January after smashing every mark in the history of the N.Y. Paramount Theater—with the help of the King Cole Trio and the film, “Blue Skies.”

Gene Howard, for three years featured vocalist, forsook singing chores and will assist with the management of the band in H’wood. Milton Karle will continue to p.a. Kenton in the east.
"Kenton Leaves Coast for Texas." Capitol News. April 1947. 5.
June Christy Set To Cut Own Sides

With his long-awaited and controversial six-minute performance of his own “Concerto to End All Concertos” just released on a record, Stan kenton headed for Texas after a 30-day tour of the west coast. The Kenton band plays Fort Worth April 4 and 5, moving east to wind up April at the Hippodrome Theater in Baltimore.

Daily’s Meadowbrook Skedded

June Christy, meanwhile, signed to record under her own name for Capitol and her first tow sides are slated for release shortly. Frank De Vol conducted the accompany orchestra with four French horns featured. June continues, however, as Kenton’s canary.

The band also is set to play two weeks at Frank Daily’s Meadowbrook in Cedar Grove, N.J., starting May 16. The engagement will follow a week at the Howard Theater in Washington and another week, May 9 to 15, at the Earle in Philadelphia.

‘Concerto’ Actually 3 Years Old

Kenton composed and arranged his “Concerto to End All Concertos” three years ago and refused, until a few months ago, to put it on wax. Finally, when he was satisfied with the musicianship of his band, Stan etched it with solos going to Vido Musso, Ray Wetzel and Boots Mussulli. Stan’s piano and Eddie Safranski’s bass also are showcased, and because Buddy Childers plays first trumpet so brilliantly he is given special label credit.
"Cover. Stan Kenton." Capitol News. February 1949. cover.
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Stan Kenton. "Stan Kenton Tells His Story: 'Finding a New Field.' He Says." Capitol News. February 1949. 5.
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STAN KENTON, who says he has retired from music, looked like this seven years ago when he formed his band in Southern California. In a signed story, here, he frankly answers the questions of a legion of fans who were astounded when he disbanded recently.

Because of the many unusual reports and rumors without basis that have arisen out of the recent disbandment of my orchestra, Dave Dexter of Capitol has asked me to submit to him an honest and sincere written explanation of the reasons and main purpose of my making these steps.

First of all, let me state that my feelings and belief in our music, or the growth of jazz in general, have not been affected in the slightest measure. I am deeply grateful for the success our music has achieved and I feel that every ounce of effort put into the seven and a half years of its existence has been more than compensated for by the appreciation shown us, not only here in the United States but throughout the rest of the world. I feel confident that if we had continued we would have endeavored to create music worthy of this wonderful acceptance which I treasure so much.

Strain Just Too Much

I have always been a musician and have worked constantly towards the field in which the band now belongs. It took tremendous effort on everyone's part; this includes everyone from the musicians themselves to the singers, arrangers, road managers, property men, publicity staff and on to myself. It is difficult to put into words the strain—both physically and mentally—that comes about and continues to exist without let-up.

This situation was even more exaggerated with our organization because we would not alter the music to fit into some resting place, such as hotels or clubs. A greater task yet was to find any such places capable of paying even our minimum expenses.

The result was our constantly moving on the road until finally, the loss of all sense of time or place took over. I've personally gone for months on end with only two, three or four hours of sleep—and sometimes none at all.

Won't Change His Music

Even though today I feel in the best of health, logic tells me that no person can live, or exist long, under such conditions. It is truly a case of using nervous energy constantly. I would not change our music for any purpose, whether it be for radio, motion pictures or any medium that might ease this pace, because their demands are too restricting, making musical freedom impossible.

I know that some bands break up and start again to gain rest periods, but this I do not believe in, because it goes to make an unsure music business and eventually the faith of the public is lost.

Psychiatry Attracts Him

I am currently in the process of finding a new field. At present I'm not quite sure, but I believe the greatest personal interest for me is in the field of psychiatry.

I know there is no route to this without first going into medicine, so it might be that soon I'll be just as interested in this as I am in music.

Great Step, Stan Admits

In any event, these are just the efforts on one person's part to try to find a life that can be just as productive and inspiring as the one previously known, without the heavy physical and emotional toll.

With me I know this is a great step, and it has to be an honest one, because many are involved.
"Ad. Kenton's Great Encores." Capitol News. February 1949. 15.
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"Kenton Will 'Preview' His Coming Crew; Also Reveals Movie Plans." Capitol News, January 1950. 11.
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Rehearsals of the new Stan Kenton orchestra will begin, in Hollywood, on Jan. 15.

Tour Kicks Off In Seattle
Kenton still is convinced that a big orchestra of 40 musicians is the answer to the current “big band” situation, a situation which recently found Woody Herman, Charlie Barnet and others tossing in the towel.

The Kenton tour, at first slated to tee off in San Diego, will instead be launched Feb. 9 in Seattle. But first, Stan will hire the huge Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles and hold on informal “preview" of his new crew for disc jocks, the press and as many of his fans as can be admitted to the 6700-seater.

Due For February Release
The “preview” is tentatively set for either Jan. 27 or 28. Sixteen new compositions will be performed for the first time. The audience then will be asked to vote for what it considers to be the best works. “Then, after we tabulate the votes,” Kenton says, “we will select the eight most popular works for our new album.”

The album will be released by Capitol, Kenton said, sometime in February, not long after Stan starts his long tour of more than 75 cities, from Seattle to Boston and back to the coast again. Kai Winding, trombone, and Carlos Vydal [sic], bongo-conga drum star, previously announced as sidemen in the forthcoming Kenton ork, will be joined this month when rehearsals get under way by former Kentonites Chico Alvarez and Buddy Childers, trumpets, and Bob Cooper, tenor saxophonist and husband of June Christy. June also will return to the fold for the concert tour.

Kenton spent a part of December in New York lining up additional musicians and bookings.

Movie Stan's Newest Plan
He also bobbed up with an idea for a motion picture in which a large orchestra—his orchestra— would be featured in an “honest, direct, uncompromising way—the way certain producers turned to honest drama in 1949 after 30 years of being told that honest pictures would flop at the box-
office.”

No Help From Studios

Kenton believes the picture should be made by his own organization, with a script written by a musician, and directed by Kenton himself. His plan, which he hopes to put into practice “in the near future,” would be to bypass the big film studios and produce it himself, hiring a camera crew and whatever dramatic talent might be needed. The film would be strictly a band film, he opined, but forceful, entertaining and "revolutionary" in technique.

Meanwhile, he's writing new m music and hiring musicians. He wants his new "Innovations In Modern Music For 1950" to be his biggest success. And, he adds, “I expect it to be.”
"Cover. Stan Kenton." Capitol News. February 1950. cover.
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"Kenton Ready for Concert Tour with New 40-Piece Ork." Capitol News, February 1950. 7.
"Picture. June Christy." Capitol News, February 1950. 8-9.
"Cover. Stan Kenton." Capitol News. September 1951. cover.
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"Kenton Launches Innovations II." Capitol News. September 1951. 3.
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Featured with the concert orchestra will be June Christy, who leaves her own successful career far the second time to accompany the tour. Since the first Innovations tour June has been working as a single in theaters and night clubs.

Added to the regular Kenton crew for the concerts will be 18 strings, four French horns and a tuba. All of the Kenton sidemen, including such outstanding artists as Maynard Ferguson and Shelly Manne, will appear on the program. Rehearsals and preparations for the tour begin on the west coast immediately after the dance orchestra completed a long series of engagements through New England and the midwest.

According to Stan, “This concert will offer some newer concepts of modern music as well as recreating some of the exciting moments of our better known recordings.”

Following the opener in Dallas the concert will play most of the major cities on the east coast, then up to the north, through the midwest and for west with the closing date set for the Shrine Auditorium, in Los Angeles, on November 30th.

BERNHART AND FERGUSON RIDE

The outstanding trombone work of Milt Bernhart will be featured on Stan Kenton's second progressive jazz concert tour. While the complete program has not yet been set the Kenton management believes that Maynard Ferguson will probably offer solos on “What’s New” and “Hot Canary,” his current disc.

Arrangers Back For Second Tour

The complete list of arrangers for the first "Innovations" will be represented on the current tour with new contributions as well as some of the works from “lnnovations I.” In addition to Stan Kenton the arrangers are: Pete Rugulo [
sic], Bill Russo, Shorty Rogers and Bob Graettinger.

Howard Advances

Former Kenton vocalist, Gene Howard, will do the advance publicity and promotion for Innovations II.

INNOVATIONS II ITINERARY

SEPT.
27 — State Fair Auditorium, Dallas , Texas
28 — Will Rogers Auditorium, Fort Worth, Texas
29 — Music Hall, Houston, Texas

OCT.
2 — Municipal Concert Hall, New Orleans, La.
3 — Auditorium, Memphis, Tenn.
4 — Henry K. Kiel Opera House, St. Louis, Mo.
5 — Memorial Auditorium, Louisville, Ky.
6 — Music Hall , Cincinnati, Ohio
7 —John Adams Auditorium, Sou1h Bend, Ind.
9 — W.K. Kellogg Auditorium, Bottle Creek, Mich.
10 — Masonic Auditorium, Detroit, Mich.
12 — Civic Auditorium, Grand Rapids, Mich.
13 — Cleveland Public Auditorium, Cleveland, Ohio
14 — Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y.
16 — Bushnell Memorial Hall, Hartford, Conn.
17 — Symphony Hall, Boston, Mass.
18 — Symphony Hall, Boston, Moss.
19 — Carnegie Hall, New York City
20 — Carnegie Hall, New York City
21 — Mosque Theatre, Newark, N.J.
23 — Academy of Music, Philadelphia
24 — Academy of Music, Philadelphia
25 — Lyric Theatre, Baltimore, Md.
26 — Armory, Washington, D.C.
27 — Mosque Auditorium, Richmond, Va.
28 — Municipal Auditorium, Norfolk, Va.
30 — Auditorium, Troy, N.Y.
31 — Auditorium, Syracuse, N.Y.
"Laine-Kenton Break Date." Capitol News. September 1951. 7.
Recent leg operation caused Frankie Laine to cancel his August 29 booking at New York Paramount. He was to play date with Stan Kenton’s Orchestra. Singer will take it easy until 12 September at which time he’ll resume his personal appearance tour. He’ll gel bock to the N.Y. Paramount on 10 October.

During his recuperating period Frankie will do the Walter Winchell broadcast on 2 September.
"Cover. Stan Kenton." Music Views. August 1954. cover.
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"Kenton Presents...." Music Views. August 1954. 16-17.
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As a climax to over eleven years pioneering in the field of jazz, Stan Kenton is producing a new series of albums for Capitol under the title, “Stan Kenton Presents Jazz.” Albums and singles in this new series will feature small groups headed by such jazz personalities as Bob Cooper, Boots Mussuli, Bill Holman, Frank Rosolino, Lee Konitz and others. Kenton, who has long felt that there are not enough jazz stars to supply and keep alive the jazz clubs, plans to search out and develop new artists. “They must be in the jazz idiom,” he states, “but they can express their own personality in their own way as long as it is sincere, good music and deserves to be heard.” His new project for Capitol will be in addition to his activities with his own orchestra, for which he is currently shaping a fall concert tour titled "The Festival of Modern Jazz.”