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Stan Kenton was a pianist from America that led a jazz orchestra that was often found to be controversial. It all started in 1941, when Stan Kenton formed his first band,later known as “The Wall of Sound”. He then formed his first orchestra called “Artistry in Rhythm”. The orchestra did not make much of an impact until 1945.

Stan Kenton's trumpet section was vital to his success because he enjoyed and composed high note trumpet lines and his section consisted of Ray Wetzel, Buddy Childers and Al Porcino. Overall, whether he was leading his progressive jazz sound or his swing style, Stan Kenton had a style of his own.

Often times his music would have a lot going on but it still managed to maintain a musical quality that was not seen anywhere else. A final highlight of his career was the Grammy winning “West Side Story” and “Adventures in Jazz”.

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