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Stan Kenton

(1911 - 1979)

  • Born in Wichita, grew up in Colorado and California
  • Learn piano at an early age and toured with bands as a teenager
  • Formed his first orchestra in 1941
  • Developed a progressive jazz style known as "The Wall of Sound"
  • His orchestra was usually 19-piece, he also experimented with a 39-piece group