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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Stan Kenton: Artistry in Rhythm

He may not be a household name along the lines of Louis Armstrong or Duke Ellington, but in his own way Stan Kenton was not only a pioneer of jazz music, but perhaps one of its greatest proponents. On top of a grueling touring and recording schedule, Keaton started a jazz education program that featured live performances in high schools across America. As the rest of the DVD shows, Kenton’s determination to stay ahead of the pack when it came to musical styles and tastes helped him create a body of work that will last forever. His work in the schools made sure there will always be musicians to play it and an audience to listen.

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