Monthly Archives: September 2011

The Digs of Driggs

Look through the photographs in just about any book about big band jazz or CD package of swing music and you’ll likely see a credit to the Frank Driggs Collection. Driggs, who amassed an archive of some 100,000 jazz-realted images, … Continue reading

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Innovations in New Concepts of Progressive Artistries

Stan Kenton advertised his ambitions to lead more than just another dance band from the start by tagging his first orchestra “Artistry in Rhythm.”  His second band played a fusion of jazz and classical music he billed as “Progressive Jazz.” … Continue reading

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Stan Kenton Blasts to the Top

Stan Kenton came to prominence as the swing era was fading into history.  He spent the first half of the 1940s refining his band’s style while struggling to establish himself as a bandleader beyond California. However “refining” probably isn’t the … Continue reading

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A Surprising New Day

Former big band singer Doris Day made history this week. At the age of 87* she has become the oldest female artist to hit the UK top ten with an album of new material. It’s an amazing feat for a … Continue reading

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The Controversial Mr. Kenton

Of all the major bandleaders, none was as polarizing as Stan Kenton (1911-1979). To his fans, Kenton was something of a messianic figure creating endlessly exciting, thrilling and adventurous music that was perhaps the greatest ever. To his detractors, Kenton’s … Continue reading

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