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Friday, January 4, 2013




I am in the process of moving my work on this platform to a new home that unites all of my jazz research under one roof. Thank you for looking at my work here at google blogger. I think you will find the new home more user friendly with links and tags to all of my research. This link will take you to this research at the new site where I have updated the links to Jazz Scene USA segments on YouTube.



Commentary © James A. Harrod, Copyright Protected; All Rights Reserved

Oscar Brown, Jr. opens the program with a capsule history of the arrangers who have been an integral part of the evolution of the Stan Kenton Orchestra and displays on camera photographs of Pete Rugolo, Bob Graettinger, Gerry Mulligan, Johnny Richards, Willis “Bill” Holman, Gene Roland and Lennie Niehaus who Oscar points out wrote the arrangement of the theme music by Steve Allen that opens the program, Give Irving My Love.  

Two recent albums by the Kenton Orchestra are highlighted with the covers displayed on camera, ADVENTURES IN JAZZ (Capitol S/T 1796) and WEST SIDE STORY (Capitol S/T 1609) with the selections played on the program drawn from these two albums. Oscar Brown, Jr. makes a point of mentioning the arranger of each selection that is performed by the orchestra. "Give Irving My Love" by Steve Allen (theme), arranged by Lennie Niehaus; "Limehouse Blues" by Douglas Furber, Philip Braham, arranged by Bill Holman; "All the things you are" by Oscar Hammerstein II, Jerome Kern, arranged by Stan Kenton; "The waltz of the prophets" composed and arranged by Dee Barton; "Maria" by Stephen Sondheim, Leonard Bernstein, arranged by Johnny Richards; "Malaguena" by Ernesto Lecuona, arranged by Bill Holman.

In another segment Oscar Brown, Jr. draws attention to the recent September 27, 1962 issue of Down Beat magazine with a photo of Stan Kenton on the cover and a feature article that focuses on Kenton’s work with young musicians and the importance of the jazz clinics in training the jazz musicians of tomorrow.  The cover and article are reproduced below, © Maher Publications, Down Beat.

The Kenton program is available on VHS and DVD as released back in the 1990s by Shanachie.

The following segment is from the end of the program.  There are other video segments from the program available on the internet.

Stan Kenton and his Mellophonium Orchestra:- Conte Candoli, Marvin Stamm, Bob Behrendt, Dalton Smith, Keith LaMotte, trumpet; Bud Parker, Tom Ringo, Bob Fitzpatrick, trombone; Jim Amlotte, bass trombone; Dave Wheeler, bass trombone, tuba; Dwight Carver, Joe Burnett, Lou Gasca, Ray Starling, mellophone; Gabe Baltazar, alto sax; Don Menza, Ray Florian, tenor sax; Allan Beutler, bar-sax; Joel Kaye, bar-sax, b-sax; Stan Kenton, piano, leader; Bucky Calabrese, acoustic double bass; Dee Barton, drums.

Production credits:

Host: Oscar Brown, Jr.

Executive Producer: Steve Allen

Producer: Jimmie Baker

Director: Steve Binder

Associate Producer: Penny Stewart

Associate Director: George Turpin

Technical Director: Jim Brady
Lighting Director: Leard Davis
Audio: Larry Eaton
Art Director: Robert Tyler Lee
Jazz Consultant: John Tynan
Title Films: Grant Velie
Cameras: Bob Dunn, Ed Chaney, Gorman Erickson, Pat Kenny


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