Stan Kenton is acknowledged as one of the pioneers in developing contemporary big band jazz, with a career as bandleader starting in the 1940's and lasting through the late 1970's. Kenton was also responsibile for helping bring to fame many jazz stars including June Christy, Maynard Ferguson, and Lee Konitz. Many great arrangers wrote for the Kenton band including Bill Holman, Bill Russo, Lennie Niehaus, Gerry Mulligan, and Pete Rugolo.
Jazzed Media, a jazz record label and film production company, was founded in the Denver, Colorado metropolitan area in 2002. Jazzed Media's owner Graham Carter is a Grammy nominated record producer (The Bill Holman Band Live") and award winning jazz filmmaker (Phil Woods A Life in E Flat"). Graham Carter produced the Jazzed Media production Phil Woods A Life in E Flat" and the forthcoming Bud Shank documentary Against the Tide". Graham Carter will be directing and producing the Stan Kenton documentary Artisty in Rhythm".
Artists appearing on the Jazzed Media label include Phil Woods, Bud Shank, Terry Gibbs, Bill Holman, Bob Florence, Bill Charlap, Brian Lynch, Hubert Laws, Marvin Stamm, Bill Mays, Carl Saunders, Don Menza, Christian Jacob, Scott Whitfield, Andy Martin, Lanny Morgan, Bobby Shew, Irene Kral, Jackie & Roy, Bob Lark, Ron Stout, Jim McNeely, Mel Martin, Benny Carter, Frank Tiberi, Jeff Hamilton, John Clayton, Jeff Clayton, and Matt Wilson.