Stan Kenton: Artistry in Rhythm: Portrait of a Jazz Legend
Release Date: April 12, 2011
In recognition of the upcoming 100th birthday (Dec. 15, 1911) celebration of Stan Kenton in 2011 this almost 2 hour documentary by award winning jazz filmmaker Graham Carter, produced in association with the Los Angeles Jazz Institute, covers all facets of Kenton's amazing career and includes much of the groundbreaking music that was performed by the Stan Kenton Orchestra over almost 40 years.
Stan Kenton is acknowledged as one of the pioneers in developing contemporary big band jazz, with a career as bandleader starting in the early 1940s and lasting through the late 1970s. Kenton was also responsible 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. Kenton was one of the pioneers of integrating Afro-Cuban rhythms with big band jazz, and was at the forefront of introducing jazz education to colleges and high schools throughout the world.
Interviews with over 20 people associated with Kenton's long and successful career including Howard Rumsey, Dr. Herb Wong, JoAnn Kenton, Audree Kenton, Peter Erskine, Carl Saunders, Joel Kaye, Mike Vax, Bill Holman, and Jack Costanzo.
Includes over 300 images from the Kenton archives.
Over 20 rare film and television performances by the Stan Kenton Orchestra.
Taped interviews with Stan Kenton.
DVD available at JazzedMedia.com
Distribution by Allegro Corporation 1-800-288-2007