Gerry Dexter Cassette Collection, 1947-1995Add to your cart.

By Maristella Feustle

Collection Overview

Title: Gerry Dexter Cassette Collection, 1947-1995Add to your cart.
Predominant Dates: 1947-1961
ID: 06/ 115
Primary Creator: Kenton, Stan (1911-1979)
Other Creators: Dexter, Gerry L.
Extent: 1.0 Boxes
Date Acquired: 02/00/2010
Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The collection consists of one box of cassettes of various live performances by Stan Kenton and his orchestra, along with recordings from a 50th anniversary celebration of Stan Kenton's music held in 1995.

Biographical Note

Stanley Newcomb Kenton was born on December 15, 1911 in Wichita, Kansas.  His family lived in California and Colorado before permanently settling in Bell, California, in the Los Angeles area. Kenton's musical career began in his teens, and made his first recordings with Gus Arnheim in 1937, joining Vido Musso's band in 1938, and organizing a rehearsal band which evolved into his own orchestra. From the 1940s onward, the Kenton band was the site of intersection between jazz, popular music, and experimental composition and arranging. Kenton engaged a wide variety of composers and arrangers, including Willie Maiden, Bill Russo, Johnny Richards, Pete Rugolo, and Bill Holman. He also took an interest in jazz education, participating in "stage band" camps, and collaborating with Leon Breeden of what is now the University of North Texas. Cooperation between Kenton and Breeden led to high-profile performing opportunities for the One O'Clock Lab Band, and the transfer of Kenton's band library to North Texas, beginning in 1962 and concluding after Kenton's death. Numerous alumni of the jazz studies program at North Texas also went on to play in Kenton's band. Kenton continued touring until August of 1978, and died in Los Angeles the following year, on August 25, 1979.

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Access Information

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Use Restrictions:

Reproduction and publication of materials in this collection are subject to the policies of the UNT Music Library. Copyright restrictions may apply.

Physical Access Note:

Collection is housed in the UNT Music Library. Advance notice for use is required. Please contact the Music Library for further information.

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Administrative Information

Repository: Music Library
Acquisition Source: Gerry Dexter
Acquisition Method: Gift


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