50th Anniversary Celebration: Back to Balboa

50th Anniversary Celebration: Back to Balboa

by Kenton Alumni Band
During the 50th anniversary of Stan Kenton's debut at the Rendezvous Ballroom on Balboa Island in California (an engagement that served as a spectacular beginning to his career), a four-day convention was held to celebrate the late bandleader's legacy, filled with music by his alumni and very interesting panel discussions. The MAMA Foundation put out many of the


During the 50th anniversary of Stan Kenton's debut at the Rendezvous Ballroom on Balboa Island in California (an engagement that served as a spectacular beginning to his career), a four-day convention was held to celebrate the late bandleader's legacy, filled with music by his alumni and very interesting panel discussions. The MAMA Foundation put out many of the highlights on this very impressive five-CD set. The first two CDs have 29 selections by an all-star orchestra (which includes among others, trumpeters Conte and Pete Candoli and saxophonists Bob Cooper, Gabe Baltazar, Bud Shank, Bill Perkins and Jack Nimitz) and such guests as Anita O'Day, Maynard Ferguson and Chris Connor; the original arrangers conducted their own work. The next two discs have individual selections for Bob Florence's Limited Edition (a particularly touching medley of "Artistry in Rhythm" and "All the Things You Are"), Maynard Ferguson's Big Bop Nouveau Band, the Lighthouse All-Stars, big bands led by Shorty Rogers, Buddy Childers, Bill Holman, Tom Talbert and Mark Masters and combos headed by Lee Konitz, Bob Cooper, Gabe Baltazar, Bill Perkins and Bud Shank along with The CSULB Vocal Jazz Ensemble. The performances are quite satisfying and pretty well cover Kenton's entire career. The final disc actually has over two hours taken from the informative, humorous and often-touching panel discussions; one hour is heard in each speaker simultaneously so one side has to be turned off at a time. This valuable set is essential for all listeners having at least a slight interest in Stan Kenton's music.

Product Details

Release Date:
Mama Records


Disc 1

  1. Artistry in Rhythm
  2. Eager Beaver
  3. Intermission Riff
  4. Opus in Pastels
  5. Artistry in Percussion
  6. Peanut Vendor
  7. Concerto to End All Concertos
  8. Boogie Woogie (I May Be Wrong)
  9. Solitaire
  10. Coop's Solo
  11. Take the "A" Train
  12. Un Poco Loco
  13. Kingfish
  14. Stella by Starlight
  15. Malagueña

Disc 2

  1. Artistry in Rhythm
  2. Pegasus
  3. A Baltazar Named Gabe (A Smith Named Greg)
  4. 23 Degrees North, 82 Degrees West
  5. All About Ronnie
  6. Pennies from Heaven
  7. It's All Right with Me
  8. The Wind
  9. Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
  10. Atonal Adventure
  11. My Old Flame
  12. The Big Chase

Disc 3

  1. Artistry in Rhythm/All the Things You Are
  2. Be Bop Charlie
  3. Embraceable You
  4. A Night in Tunisia
  5. Stone Canyon
  6. Looking up Old Friends
  7. K. C. Tango
  8. The Bottom Line

Disc 4

  1. Certain Circles
  2. And Thad Ain't Bad
  3. Spring Can Really Hang You up the Most
  4. Intermission Riff
  5. Midnight Sun
  6. Artistry in Rhythm/Nightsong
  7. I Remember You
  8. Royal Street
  9. Dangraddy Blue
  10. Sands of Time
  11. City of Glass: Entrance, Pt. 1

Disc 5

  1. Balboa Bandwagon Panel
  2. Artistry in Rhythm Panel
  3. Innovations Panel
  4. Innovations in Modern Music Panel

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kenton Alumni Band   Primary Artist
Laurindo Almeida   Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Eddie Bert   Trombone,Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Alan Broadbent   Piano
Conte Candoli   Trumpet
Matt Catingub   Saxophone
Buddy Childers   Trumpet,Conductor,Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Chris Connor   Vocals
Bob Cooper   Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Mike Fahn   Trombone
Maynard Ferguson   Trumpet
Bob Florence   Piano
Bill Holman   Conductor
Stan Kenton   Piano,Bandleader
Lee Konitz   Alto Saxophone
Harold Land   Saxophone
Jimmy Lyons   Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Bill Perkins   Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Kim Richmond   Saxophone
Howard Rumsey   Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Bud Shank   Saxophone,Alto Saxophone,Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Jiggs Whigham   Trombone
Don Bagley   Bass
Gabe Baltazar   Saxophone,Alto Saxophone
Pete Candoli   Trumpet
Bob Enevoldsen   Trombone
Paul Humphrey   Drums
Pete Jolly   Piano
Lanny Morgan   Saxophone
Lennie Niehaus   Conductor
Pete Rugolo   Conductor,Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Gordon Brisker   Saxophone
John Leitham   Bass
Bob Summers   Trumpet
Mike Wofford   Piano
Stan Mark   Trumpet
Steve Wilkerson   Saxophone
Shorty Rogers   Conductor,Flugelhorn,Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
David Burns   Vocals
Billy Simpson   Vocals
Anita O'Day   Vocals,Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Clay Jenkins   Trumpet
Manny Albam   Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Pete Beltran   Trombone
Bill Berg   Drums
Milt Bernhart   Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Mari Tsumura   Strings
Monty Budwig   Bass
Lee Callet   Saxophone
Bob Carr   Saxophone
Buster Cooper   Trombone
Jack Costanzo   Bongos,Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Rick Culver   Trombone
Peter Donald   Drums
Randy Drake   Drums
Bob Efford   Saxophone
Rolf Ericson   Trumpet
Terry Federoff   Saxophone
Sherman Ferguson   Drums
Chuck Findley   Trumpet
Bob Fitzpatrick   Trombone
Larry Ford   Trumpet
George Gaffney   Piano
Bob Gioga   Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
George Graham   Trumpet
John Gross   Saxophone
Alan Grunfeld   Strings
Charlie Haden   Bass
Trey Henry   Bass
Ray Hermann   Saxophone
Reginald Hill   Strings
Danny House   Saxophone
Gene Howard   Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Christian Jacob   Piano
Craig Johnson   Trumpet
Eric Jorgensen   Trombone
Bruce Lett   Bass
Hank Levy   Conductor
John Leys   Trombone
Charles Loper   Trombone
Bob Magnusson   Bass
Larance Marable   Drums
David Marks   Bongos
Andy Martin   Trombone
Nick Martinis   Drums
Marty Paich   Conductor
Mark Masters   Track Performer
Larry McGuire   Trumpet
Jay Migliori   Saxophone
Bobby Militello   Saxophone
Allan Morrissey   Trombone
Dick Nash   Trombone
Jack Nimitz   Saxophone
Gene Norman   Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Bob Payne   Trombone
Steve Pemberton   Drums
Ralph Penland   Drums
John Perett   Drums
Jerry Pinter   Saxophone
Tom Ranier   Piano
Jack Redmond   Trombone
Ray Reed   Saxophone
Chris Reutinger   Strings
George Roberts   Trombone
Carl Saunders   Trumpet
Lee Secard   Saxophone
Kenny Shroyer   Trombone
Ron Stout   Trumpet
Frank Strazzeri   Piano
Frank Szabo   Trumpet
Dean Taba   Bass
Jeff Taylor   Vocals
David Tull   Drums
Mike Turre   Saxophone
Tom Warrington   Bass
Roy Wiegand   Trombone
Dave Woodley   Trombone
Jim Hershman   Guitar
Dick Hyde   Trombone
Ralph Blaze   Guitar
Lee Johnson   Guitar
Marilyn L. Johnson   French Horn
Brian Scanlon   Saxophone
Walt Johnson   Trumpet
Larry Steen   Bass
Bob Florence Limited Edition   Track Performer
Bud Shank Quartet   Track Performer
Buddy Childers Quartet   Track Performer
Gabe Baltazar Quartet   Track Performer
Lee Konitz Quartet   Track Performer
Shorty Rogers Big Band   Track Performer
Tom Talbert Jazz Orchestra   Track Performer
Jerry Lestock McKenzie   Drums
Dick Charles   Saxophone
Wayne Bergeron   Trumpet
Charlie Davis   Trumpet
Steve Huffsteter   Trumpet
Liz Derwing   Vocals
Ken Poston   Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Michele Faber   Piano
Ron Shelton   Vocals
Tom Talbert   Piano
Nathan Campbell   French Horn
Vince Johnson   Vocals
Matt Wallace   Saxophone
Quinn Johnson   Piano
Dawn Carpenter   Vocals
Mark Adams   French Horn
Chad Edwards   Piano
James Atkinson   French Horn
Alex Iles   Trombone
William Joseph Russo   Conductor
Donald Waldrop   Trombone

Technical Credits

Bill Holman   Arranger
Dave Pell   Liner Notes
Lennie Niehaus   Arranger
Pete Rugolo   Arranger
Shorty Rogers   Arranger
Gene Czerwinski   Producer
Andy Duncan   Engineer
Douglas Evans   Engineer
John Falzarano   Engineer
Hank Levy   Arranger
Marty Paich   Arranger
Tim Pinch   Engineer
Lee Konitz Quartet   Contributor
Audree Coke Kenton   Liner Notes
Jay Van Pelt   Art Direction
Ken Poston   Liner Notes
Lisa Cole   Art Direction
Robert F. Graettinger   Composer
William Joseph Russo   Arranger,Composer

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