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Stan Kenton and His Orchestra (1947)

 -  Short | Music  -  6 February 1947 (USA)
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A brief history of Stan Kenton's musical career from taxi-dance gigs to his successful big band orchestra.

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A protracted depiction of musician Stan Kenton's career to date is presented. A pianist, he started performing in a small three piece combo specializing in dance music, they who played venues such as taxi dance halls. He realized that making a name in the business meant writing special arrangements, which he began to do in 1941, with singer June Christy providing vocals for his band. The band's success led to a country-wide tour of one night stops, playing at a variety of venue types. The next step in the band's climb to success was playing in concert halls, where Jerry Gale added the extra dimension of dancing to the music. Written by Huggo

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6 February 1947 (USA)  »

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I Been Down in Texas
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Written by Joe Greene and John Criner
Performed by June Christy and Gene Howard (vocals), with Stan Kenton and His Orchestra
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History of Stan Kenton
17 July 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is so different from the musical shorts from a decade earlier. There's a narrator talking about Kenton's career. Also, the music is different from the Big Band music of the 30s - it seems to be a bluesier type of jazz, a precursor of the jazz that would become more common in the 50s.

June Christy is a good singer, but apparently, she's pretty much forgotten. Gene Howard, another singer, seemed OK, but he seems pretty wooden on stage.

The last number has Jerry (?) Gale dancing. SHE (the credits has her appearing as HIMself) doesn't really bring much to this musical short - she does some ballet-type moves and her dancing seems based on the music being played.

For the most part, this is a decent introduction to Stan Kenton and the music he and his band were making just after WWII. If you are familiar with Kenton's music or just like jazz, this is a good short.


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