Oregon daily emerald. (Eugene, Or.) 1920-2012, February 09, 1950, Page 8, Image 8

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    Kenton Got There Via Hard Way
The only college Stan Kenton
ever attended was the School of
Hard Knocks. The only story that
could be written about him would
have to come right from Horatio
Between them, the lean, gray
thatched orchestra leader has
managed to struggle to the top
where today he stands as the out
standing figure in the field of
modern music.
It’s been a long, hard climb for
the man who had new ideas about
the way music should be played.
Today, the biggest name in the
business, he is looked upon by all
to set the pace, and he spreads his
fanatical new concepts wherever
he goes.
Yet, it was less than a decade
ago that he was knocking around
Southern California, playing in
every beer joint along the way
trying to make ends meet.
Story Told
But the Kenton story goes back
even farther than that.
His early childhood was spent
shifting around from place to
place with his parents. Born in
1912 in Wichita, Kansas, he moved
to Colorado and then, at the age
of five, to California.
Most of the time he spent ar
guing with his mother, who was
trying to make him study music.
A piano teacher, she wanted to
carry on her work. But it wasn’t
until he was 14 after various tries
at the saxophone, trumpet, and
even banjo—that he finally settled
at the piano. And so, when most
kids were worrying about getting
up nerve enough to ask the girl
next door out for a date, Stan was
worrying about whether he’d ever
be able to play as well as his idol,
Earl “Father” Hines.
Awkward and 18, Stan gradu
ated from Bell High in Los Angeles
in 1930. He was sure of only one
thing—music was to be his whole
He was a bit unhappy because
his folks could not afford to send
him to college, but during the fol
lowing four years he was to pick
up experience that would stand
him in good stead later on.
Ivories Get Workout
While the country was trying to
snap out of the depression, Stan
was banging the ivories in one
hangout after another, living on a
day to day basis. It was doubly
bad then, too, because he had just
gotten married, and that meant
more expenses.
Finally, things took a turn for
the better. He did some radio and
movie work and then landed a
job as assistant music director at
Earl Carroll’s theater restaurant.
By then—1941—Stan had some
definite ideas about music. He
wanted to have a band of his own.
Long, feverish nights of writing
arrangements, countless auditions
and a good sales talk resulted in a
job at the Rendezvous Ballroom in
Balboa, Calif.
In four months Kenton’s reputa
tion had taken the country by
There was a lot of hard going
ahead during the war years, but
somehow the guy with the new
ideas weathered it all. When Look
Magazine predicted the Kenton
troupe would be the Band of the
Year in 1946, Stan responded by
winning every popularity poll and
raking in large profits when most
organizations were hit by bad
The furious pace at which Stan
drove himself finally caught up
with him in April of 1947. He suf
fered a nervous breakdown while
the band was playing at the Uni
versity of Alabama.
He took a short rest and during
the time began to think about or
ganizing a second venture in mo
dern music.
In September, 1947, he launched
his “Presentation in Progressive
Jazz’’ in Balboa where six years
before he had stood before his
first band. His new show hit high
spots all the way across the
country, including Eugene.
Then Kenton made one of the
most important decisions in the
band’s history. He noticed that
people seemed to be more anxious
to crowd around the bandstand
and listen to his music rather than
dance to it. So he decided to leave
the ballroom for the concert stage.
Tours Only Three Months
However, this, too, had its dis
advantages. Concert tours require
only three months out of the year.
Either the band would have to dis
band or perform three months and
get paid for the balance of the
year. The latter course was im
practical, so the former was cho
sen. This was in December, 1948.
Kenton contemplated entering
other fields—even psychiatry, in
which he has been very much in
terested. However, a long vaca
tion to South America gave him a
new outlook on life, and he decided
to return to music.
Gathering together Singing Star
June Christy and a forty piece or
chestra, Stan formed a new show
called “Innovations in Modern Mu
sic for 1950.”
Kenton will present this newest
concert at 8 p.m. in McArthur
Court on Monday.
Student tickets, costing 80 cents,
tax included, are now on sale at
the Co-op and McArthur Court.
Reserve seat prices are $1.80 and
general admission $1.20.
Religious Activities
(Continued from pac/e one)
Lyon at Westminster House.
Faculty members will entertain
Dr. Gilkey at a luncheon Monday
noon at the Faculty Club. All
members of the faculty are invited.
Mrs. Gilkey’s schedule will in
clude personal conferences with
women students and a luncheon
meeting with the YWCA Cabinet
Firesides have been scheduled in
campus living organizations for
Tuesday evening at 5:30 and 10:30
p. m. Local clergyman and youth
leaders will conduct discussions
based on religious questions and
problems raised by students. An
infomal student poll is being util
ized for orientation of the speakers
giving them an idea of what topics
are currently of interest on the
Fireside chairmen Mary Stadel
man and Herb Nill request stud
ents to have additional questions
ready to contribute to the discus
Some court witnesses have the
same record credited to Shake
speare never tell the same story
Prepsters Meet at U.O.
(Continued from page onej
Kuzmanich, literature; and Glenn
Morgan and Dave Oestrich, trans
Program for the conference in
cludes :
Thursday, February 23: registra
tion, 6-12 p.m.; meetings of league
officers, discussion leaders, secre
taries, committee chairmen, and
faculty advisers, 8 p.m.
Friday, February 24: registra
tion, 7:45-8:30 a.m.; breakfast, 7-8
a.m. opening session, 8:30-10:15
a.m.; committee meetings, 10:30
12:30 p.m.; luncheon and business
meetings, 12:30-2 p.m.; committee
meetings, 2:15-4 p.m.; special meet
ings and free time 4-5:30 p.m; ban
quet, 6:30-8:30 p.m.; dance, 8:30
11:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 25: break
fast, 7-8 a.m.; foreign student pan
el, 8:30-9:30 a.m.; committees,
9:35-10 a.m.; general session, elec
tion of officers, 10-10:40 a.m.; final
session, 10:40-12:30 p.m.
Motor cars of the future will be
equipped with wings, predicts an
engineer. As if they didn t fly fast
enough now.
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California, Arizona Dispute Legal
Boundary Line; Law Suit May Result
General Fred N. Howser said Wed
nesday that California may be
forced to sue Arizona in the Uni
ted States Supreme Court to de
termine the disputed boundary
line between the two states.
The statement was contained in
a legal opinion issued by Howser
at the request of State Senator
Ralph E. Swing of San Bernardino
Swing said he requested the
opinion because of the acute situ
ation growing out of the arrest of
California hunters by Arizona
game wardens. He pointed out that
a number of California hunters
were arrested Dec. 23 during the
duck hunting season and warned
that the fishing season may bring
a reccurrence of the arrests.
Howser pointed out that he has
authority to bring suit against
Arizona, and said the states could
settle the dispute peaceably
through a boundary compact ap
proved by Congress.
“We shouldn’t shut the door on
an amicable settlement,” the at
torney general said, “but I feel
Arizona should indicate her atti
tude reasonably soon.”
If Arizona fails to cooperate,
Howser said, “a suit in the United
States Supreme Court may become
necessary in order to protect the
interests of California and her
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