Due to inclement weather Dallas Jazz Orchestra and The Pecos River Band will not perform tonight. Be safe and warm and we’ll see you next Sunday!!!
There is no way to describe the romance that haunts Frank Obregon … but when you’re born in Mexico, a place filled with the splendor of romance, it can be understood.Frank Obregon was, surrounded by a family in Mexico City with an international musicalsensibility… where music filled his house with strange languages, and beautiful melodies; music from the USA, Latin America, Italy, France, England, Portugal, and Greece. After migrating to the U.S. and learning English, Frank could at last understand the meaning of the beautiful words he mimicked as a child… the music of Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, Domenico Modugno, Charles Aznavour,Tony Bennett, Antonio Carlos Jobin, Dean Martin, Paul Anka, The Platters etc. in the bathroom … because as Frank says: “The echo was fabulous!”. Frank dedicated his life in the USA to business; establishing with his family the only Hispanic fur company in the US, Obregon’s Furs. Soon after, he established Quadra Spectrum Color Separations; the company distinguished itself by reproducing fine art work for museums… simultaneously, Frank became the commercial voice for many different companies, through the Talento Hispano and The Kim Dawson agencies … He was then hired by The Hispanic television Network to host the TV show “De Todo un Poco”, hosting more than 600 live one hour shows, where he sang in different lenguages. Frank has performed at Harrahs Casinos, The Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, plus many, clubs, events, conventions and private parties. Presently, Frank is owner of Obregon & Associates Advertising and hosts his own radio show entitled, “Music For Higher Sensibility. Frank Obregon loves to interpret the love songs; because, as Frank says: to sing a love song is like giving flowers to a lady.
You are cordially invited to a Celebration! Galen Jeter’s “Dallas Jazz Orchestra’s 39th Big Birthday Bash” featuring The Dallas Jazz Orchestra with Guest Bobby Shew. Concert date is April 20, 2013 at 7pm at The Lakewood Theater, Dallas, Texas. For more information please see the “Birthday Bash” Page.
Stan Kenton was born in Wichita, Kansas, and raised first in Colorado and then in California. He learned piano as a child, and while still a teenager toured with various bands. In June 1941 he formed his own band, which developed into one of the best-known West Coast ensembles of the Forties.
Kenton’s musical aggregations were decidedly “orchestras.” Sometimes consisting of two dozen or more musicians at once, they produced an unmistakable Kenton sound—as recognizable as that of the bands of Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington, or Count Basie. So large an orchestra was able to produce a tremendous, at times overpowering, volume in the dance and concert halls of the land; among musical conservatives it developed a reputation for playing strange-sounding pieces much too loudly, and indeed one comical MC introduced Stan Kenton as “Cant Standit.”
A Kenton specialty was Afro-Cuban rhythm, as exported to North America by such bandleaders as Machito (whose brass and reed sound, in turn, began to show the influence of Kenton). Translated into the Kenton idiom, however, the Latin rhythms might be scored for a full panoply of percussion instruments: tympani, bongos, conga, timbales, claves, and maracas. This component of Kenton’s work may be heard on the 1947 recording “Machito” and on the album Cuban Fire, still in print after more than fifty years of ceaseless change in popular music.
Enjoy below – 1962-63 with Dallas Jazz Orchestra’s own Allan Beutler on Bari Sax with The Stand Kenton Orchestra
Stan Kenton – Malaguena
Stan Kenton – Artistry in Rhythm