In recognition of the upcoming 100th birthday celebration of Stan Kenton in 2011 this almost two-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.
The Telly Awards honor the very best local, regional, and cable television commercials and programs, as well as the finest video and film productions, and work created for the Web. Since 1978, the Telly Awards mission has been to strengthen the visual arts community by inspiring, promoting, and supporting creativity. The 32nd Annual Telly Awards received over 14,000 entries from all 50 states and 5 continents.
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 multi-Grammy nominated record producer (The Bill Holman Band Live" and The Bill Holman Band Hommage") and award winning jazz filmmaker (Phil Woods: A Life in E Flat, Bud Shank: Against the Tide, and Stan Kenton: Artistry in Rhythm). Carter is a member of the Telly Awards Silver Council. The Silver Council is a membership based division of the Telly Awards. Members are top advertising and production professionals that have won a Silver Telly in the past, have applied for membership to the council and have been accepted.
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, Irene Kral, Jackie & Roy, Bob Lark, Jim McNeely, Mel Martin, Benny Carter, Frank Tiberi, Jeff Hamilton, John Clayton, Jeff Clayton, Lorraine Feather, Judy Wexler, and Matt Wilson.