Who's Who and Where and When
November 1941 — "Spotting the Bands" Kenton, Stan—On Tour — GAC
February 1942 — "Spotting the Bands" Kenton, Stan—Opens Roseland b., N.Y.C., Feb. 6.
March 1942 — "Spotting the Bands" Kenton, Stan—Eastern Theatres—GAC
April 1942 — "Spotting the Bands" Kenton, Stan—Eastern Theatres—GAC
July 1942 — "Spotting the Bands" Kenton, Stan—Meadowborook, Cedar Grove, N.J.
August 1945 — Stan Kenton goes to St. Louis on location in August. Drummer Bob Varney is out of the band with appendicitis. Band is preparing new material for its Penn opening Aug. 22.
September 1945 — Stan Kenton opens at Hotel Pennsylvania, New York, on September 10.
October 1945 — Stan Kenton remains at Hotel Pennsylvania, New York, during October. trumpeter Ray Wetzel joined the band, doubling on slide trumpet.
November 1945 — Stan Kenton opened at the Hollywood Palladium Oct. 30 for his fourth engagement, thus setting some sort of record for the spot. Among the new faces in the band were Vido Musso, on tenor, and Ralph Collier, drums. A strange twist is that Kenton and Collier, in 1938, were sidemen in Musso’s California orchestra. Kenton, who followed Jan Savitt, will hold forth until Christmas eve.
December 1945 — Stan Kenton remains at the Palladium in Hollywood until December 25, followed by a few one-nighters. Band begins work in a Columbia picture, Duchess of Broadway, about December 1.
January 1946 — Stan Kenton began the new year by headlining the Tournament of Music at Mission Beach in San Diego on January 1. The band was selected as the “band of 1946” by Look in the January 8 issue. Bassist Eddie Safranski has been doing jazz recording sessions, in his time off from the band, with Willie Smith, Don Byas, etc. The Kenton band does four numbers in the Columbia musical Duchess of Broadway, three of the vocals being shared by June Christy and Gene Howard. They also made a Warner short titled Artistry in Rhythm (title of Stan's theme), and a United Artists picture is being discussed.
February 1946 — Stan Kenton does one nighters into his Jersey Meadowbrook opening on February 5, a three-week date, following which the…band does theatres in the East. After the theatre tour, the band will swing West, arriving in California about May. Manager Carlos Gastel has arranged for the band to be flown to Mexico City and from there to California to fulfill a concert date and do a few one-nighters South of the Border. The Kenton band, plus the King Cole Trio, was set for a summer radio replacement show, sponsor uncertain at press time. Program will emanate from California, where both units will remain for the summer. Musical script will be by Mel Torme and Bob Levinson.
March 1946 — Stan Kenton, following several weeks at Frank Dailey's Meadowbrook, opened at the Adams Theatre in Newark on February 28 for a week, to be followed by: March 8-10, Metropolitan Theatre in Providence; 11-13, Plymouth in Worcester; 15-17, Keith in Rochester; 19-21, Stanley in Utica; the Syracuse University Prom on March 22; and 29-31, State in Hartford. Meadowbrook opening found quite a few additions and changes in the band. In the rhythm section, Charley Perry, just out of the Benny Goodman band, replaced Don Heath, who had replaced Jimmy Selton, on drums. Among the trumpets, an ex-Kenton man just out of service, Chico Alvarez, replaced Russ Burgher; Ken Hanna, recently released from the Navy, joined the section, which also includes Buddy Childers, Ray Wetzel and Johnny Anderson. Wetzel missed the Meadowbrook opening, having been left in a Salt Lake City hospital for foot poisoning treatment. Stan now has a five-man trombone section, with Gene Rowland [sic] having joined on valve horn, and Kai Winding, also just out of the BG band, replaced Freddy Zito in the section, which also includes Ray Klein, Milt Kabak and Bart Varsalona, the latter playing bass trombone. Hanna and Rowland are also arranging for the band, and another ex-serviceman, Pete Rugulo [sic], who specializes in ballads, boosts the arranging staff to five, including Stan and Gene Howard. Band made three appearances on the Teentimers Club show while at the Meadowbrook.
April 1946 — Stan Kenton spends April on an extensive one-nighter tour, starting in the East and covering nearly every city in the Southeast before he opens on April 30 at Tune Town Ballroom in St. Louis for a week. Stan dropped his fifth trombone man, Gene Rowland [sic], so that the latter could concentrate on arranging. Kai Winding now does all the jazz trombone chores and the brass lines up with five trumpets and four trombones. First trumpeter Buddy Childers wrecked his second car in two months en route from the Meadowbrook in Jersey to a date in Connecticut; he suffered slight head injuries. Arranger Pete Rugulo [sic] building arrangements for the band around Eddie Safranski’s bass. which will later be waxed for Capitol.
May 1946 — Stan Kenton opens May 28 at Mission Beach Ballroom in California, to remain through June 10. Future Kenton dates are the California Meadowbrook and Eastwood Gardens in Detroit in August; Hotel Pennsylvania in New York on September 2, followed by a Paramount Theatre date with the King Cole Trio.
August 1946 — Stan Kenton opened a four-week engagement at Meadowbrook Gardens in Culver City on July 9, followed by a week at the Million Dollar Theatre in Los Angeles, and Eastwood Gardens in Detroit. Band celebrated its fifth anniversary with the Meadowbrook opening. During its Coast locations the band is cutting an album for Capitol and playing softball with teams of all the bands on location in California.