A Stan Kenton Christmas
Today is the birthday of progressive jazz piano player, composer/arranger and bandleader Stan Kenton (1911-1979). We mark the occasion in timely fashion with his band’s swinging horn-heavy 1961 version of “God, Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” — nothing like making a sweet hymn sounds like the soundtrack to a 70s cop show…but we like it!
To find out more about the variety arts past and present , consult No Applause, Just Throw Money: The Book That Made Vaudeville Famous, available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and wherever nutty books are sold.
And don’t miss my new book Chain of Fools: Silent Comedy and Its Legacies from Nickelodeons to Youtube, just released by Bear Manor Media, also available from amazon.com etc etc etc