The Beatitudes

A Cantata in four parts for Stage Band and Choir

The College of Emporia Jazz Orchestra and Choir
With Stan Kenton and Clark Terry

Frank A. Salisbury, composer
Worth Lindley, arranger

Recorded live 21 March 1970

Audio House Double Album (AHS 2270 & 2370)

Trumpet player Bruce Skinner was a music student at the College of Emporia and participated in this historic event.

Here are his memories.

The College of Emporia Music Department in Emporia, Kansas, USA, had a successful jazz festival with a famous jazz musician as guest every year. Some of the well known musicians were Doc Severinsen, Urbie Green and Clark Terry. Clark even became an honorary member of our chapter of the music fraternity Phi Mu Alpha!

We received an invitation to perform and record a two-LP set with Stan Kenton and Clark Terry of Frank Salisbury’s “Beatitudes.” It was a jazz composition set to the Beatitudes out of the bible for jazz orchestra and choir. At the College of Emporia we had both and they were led and taught by a great jazz trombone player (Marion Plummer), saxophonist (Frank Malambri) and the head of the department, Frank Johnson.

One story about Stan Kenton.

We, as fanatical music students were starting to get it together. Normally the musicians didn’t get too much chance to do anything substantial with our great choral group. For one day’s rehearsal Stan spent most of the time listening and giving advice. We performed one of the exciting sections of the Beatitudes with the full vocal ensemble (about 50 vocal students) and jazz orchestra for Stan and when were done we looked over to the corner where Stan was sitting and he enjoyed it so much he was crying! That’s how much he loved music!!!

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