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 Stan Kenton

Stan Kenton

Wichita, Sedgwick County, Kansas, USA
Death 25 Aug 1979 (aged 68)
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Cenotaph Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Plot Ashes scattered in the Garden of Roses
Memorial ID 5553 · View Source
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Jazz Musician. Born in Wichita, Kansas, he learned to play piano as child and toured with various bands as a teenager. He played in the 1930s in the dance bands of Vido Musso and Gus Arnheim, forming his first orchestra in 1941. By 1943, the Stan Kenton Orchestra was signed to Capitol Records and released their first hit "Eager Beaver". Calling his music "progressive jazz," his 1940s songs included "Tampico", "Across the Alley From the Alamo", "Laura" and "The Peanut Vendor". In the 1950s, he toured and concentrated on album projects which included innovative Latin and European styles. By the 1960s, his musical style was often controversial but some of his best works included "Adventures in Jazz" (1962) and "West Side Story" (1963), each winning Grammy Awards. He formed his own label in the 1970s, continued to touring, recording and was a salient figure on the American musical scene until his death.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith




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  • Added: 31 May 1999
  • Find A Grave Memorial 5553
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Stan Kenton (19 Feb 1911–25 Aug 1979), Find A Grave Memorial no. 5553, citing Westwood Memorial Park, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave Cremated.