The Stan Kenton Legacy Orchestra: first visit to the Berkshires

Fresher than ever, big-band music in the Kenton style will be front-and-center at a one-time concert on Sunday, April 15 (7pm), at Monument Mountain Regional High School in Great Barrington, Mass. Sometimes referred-to as “the Van Halen of his day,” Kenton’s style ranged from the romantic to the raucous, the beautiful to the bold. Never one to stand still, his style evolved throughout his 35-year career.

Fortunately, his legacy lives on.

Consisting of alumni from Kenton’s 1956–1978 bands as well as some fine younger players, the Stan Kenton Legacy Orchestra tours sections of the United States every year. This is their first appearance in western Massachusetts.

The band performs some of the well-known music from the Kenton library, playing both the original arrangements as well as modern adaptations. Additionally, they present fresh new material written in the Kenton style, much of it composed by members of the band. The writing stable includes Kenton alumni Lennie Niehaus, Dale DeVoe, and Kim Richmond, among others.

Many of the band’s performances are in schools, with free afternoon workshops, such as today’s event in Great Barrington. The Monument Mountain Regional High School Jazz Band will share the stage with the legacy band of Stan Kenton, one of the last of the real jazz “road bands.”

Tickets are now on sale (click here). Don’t miss out, a one-time chance to see one of today’s greatest big bands.


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