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The early Kai Winding(3)

July 10.2017

Photo above of Stan Kenton, Kai Winding, Eddie Safranski, Pete Rugolo, and Shelly Manne by Library of Congress

After he worked with Benny Goodman’s band, he joined Stan Kenton’s orchestra.

In those days Stan Kenton was looking for a featured trombonist.

The trombone section didn’t have an identifiable sound until that time.

Kai Winding gave it the unique sound that remained with the orchestra.

Photo by Wikipedia

Pete Rugolo wrote some terrific arrangements for trombone section.

In addition the leader employed excellent talents such as Eddie Safranski and Vido Musso and Shelly Manne  at that time.

Their sound had been leading to a permanent change in the Kenton sound.

When Kenton broke up in 1946, Kai decided to play with Charlie Ventura’s jazz combo.

Again after 18 months he left Charlie Ventura and joined Woody Herman for a short period.

Photo above of Charlie Ventura and Billy Bauer and Chubby Jackson by courtesy of Jazz Guitar’s Hidden Giant

Photo above of Woody Herman, Chubby Jackson, and Abraham Rosen by courtesy of Library of Congress(Gottlieb, William P. collection)

Then he moved to the 52nd Street area.

He formed his own combos which included Brew Moore and George Wallington.

When Chubby Jackson led a studio big band,he had his first sessions with J.J. Johnson.

Photo above of J.J.Johnson by amazon.com

Kai Winding はBenny Goodman’s bandを退団した後、Stan Kenton Orchestraに入団しました。
その当時Stan kentonはトロンボーンセクションのサウンドに満足しておらず、優秀なトロンボーン奏者を探していました。
Kai Winding の加入によって、Stan Kenton Orchestraに新しいサウンドが生まれました。
Kai Winding のソロ演奏を活かすために多くの曲が作曲され演奏されました。
Pete Rugoroはトロンボーンセクションを前面に出した素晴らしい編曲をStan Kenton Orchestraに提供しました。
加えて、同時期にEddie SafranskiやVido Musso、Shelly Manneなどの優秀な演奏家も在籍していました。
彼らはStan Kenton楽団のサウンドを大きく変化させました。
1946年、Stan Kentonが個人的な理由でバンドを解散すると、Kai Winding はCharlie Venturaのグループで演奏するようになりました。
そして1年半経過後、Woody Herman楽団に短期間でしたが加入しています。
その後、彼の活動の場所はNY52番街に移動しました。
初めて彼自身のコンボを Brew MooreやGeorge Wallingtonと共に結成しました。
そしてChubby Jacksonがレコーディンの為に big bandを編成した時に、J.J. Johnsonと初めて共演することになりました。

Here is Stan Kenton orchestra play “Artistry in Percussion”.

Here is Stan Kenton orchestra play “Artistry In Bolero”.

Here is Charlie Ventura with Kai Winding “East Of Suez”.
Charlie Ventura(ts), Kai Winding(tb),Lou Stein(p),Bob Carter(b),Shelly Manne(ds),Buddy Stewart(vo)   September 11,1947

Here is Kai Winding & His Sextet play “Bop City”.
Kai Winding (tb), Brew Moore (ts), Gerry Mulligan (bs), George Wallington (p), Curley Russell (b), Max Roach (d). NYC, April 1949.

John LaPorta(4)

March 23.2017

Photo above of John LaPorta from his Autobiiography

Since early 1960, John LaPorta began to intende himself as jazz educator.

He settled in Boston in 1962, and joined the faculty of Berklee College of Music.

He wrote fifteen books on music education and over two hundred compositions. Go here

In addition he made some Music Minus One records.

I will introduce a wonderful blog to be helpful about Music Minus One records. Go here and here  (こちらをクリック)

Also he actively participated Stan Kenton’s jazz camps as a lecturer of musicians.

In 1985 he returned to the recording studio, and his last album was Life Cycle (1999, Civil Defense label).

Legendary performer and Jazz educator John LaPorta passed away in May of 2004 at the age of 84.

Here is John LaPorta Quartet play “The Most Minor.”

Here is Kenny Clarke Quintet play “I Married An Angel”.
Donald Byrd (tp), John LaPorta (as), Horace Silver (p), Wendell Marshall (b), Kenny Clarke (ds) January 30, 1956

1960年代初頭から、ジャズ教育者としての地位を確立し始めました。
1962年にボストンバークリー音楽院の教授に就任しました。
彼は音楽教育に関するに関する著作と「Music Minus One」のレコードを製作しました。
「Music Minus One」のレコードに関して参考になるブログを紹介します。
又、Stan Kenton主催のJazzcampの講師としても活躍しました。

Christmas memories of Ann Richards in Okayama

December 16. 2015

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Yesterday was the birthday of Stan Kenton.
His wife was Ann Richards.
I have heard her live performance in Okayama.
There was a live performance of Ann Richards on Christmas Eve.
I saw her face before her appearance. It was a very beautiful woman. However, it was a little lonely feeling.
That night was a luxurious Christmas Eve for me with her song.
But, sadly, The next year, I heard news that she was pistol suicide.
Maybe she wanted to spend in her home on Christmas.
[Photo by digital.library.unt.edu]