Stan Kenton

American pianist, composer, arranger and band leader (1911-1979)

Stan Kenton (December 15, 1911[1] – August 25, 1979) was an American jazz pianist and bandleader from Wichita, Kansas. He worked with many jazz musicians like Zoot Sims, Art Pepper and Stan Getz. He died when he was 67 years old.[2][3][4]

Stan Kenton
Background information
Birth nameStanley Newcomb Kenton
Born(1911-12-15)December 15, 1911
OriginWichita, Kansas, United States
DiedAugust 25, 1979(1979-08-25) (aged 67)
Los Angeles, California, United States
GenresWest Coast jazz, swing, jazz
Occupation(s)Bandleader, pianist, composer, arranger
Years active1930s–1970s
LabelsCapitol, Decca, Creative World


  1. Sparke, Michael (2011). Stan Kenton: This Is an Orchestra!. North Texas Lives of Musicians. Denton, Texas: University of North Texas Press. p. 1. ISBN 978-1574413250. Retrieved February 14, 2014.
  2. Kenton, Leslie (2010). Love Affair. Vermilion (Ebury Publishing). ISBN 978-0312659080.
  3. Elizabeth Boleman-Herring (February 18, 2012). "Stan Kenton & His Daughter Leslie's 'Love Affair'". The Blog. Huffington Post. Retrieved May 22, 2014.
  4. Nick Duerden (February 19, 2010). "Leslie Kenton: 'I was angry, but never hated my father'". The Guardian. Retrieved May 22, 2014.