1947 Stan Kenton


Comment Al Porcino:
Ah now, it’s Kenton. This Is Stan Kenton, December ’47 at the Commodore Hotel in New York; it’s above Central Station, on the corner of 42nd Street and Lexington Avenue. We were there for a month. It was a nice job. It was like a dining room, but with music. Look at these uniforms we had: a pearl gray tux pants, a black jacket and Ascot ties – they’re called Ascot ties – big things. Pretty sharp. Now I get a kick every time I look at this picture because you see (bongo player Jack Costanzo) on the left there, sitting down next to June Christy, he was added on the band, because around this time in the business, bongo drums were getting popular and I hated it. You know, Kenton wanted him there for some of the Latin things and I hated that sound. I called him the woodpecker. You know what that is: a bird. Cause that’s what it sounded like, a woodpecker. So that was his Spitzname from then on, the woodpecker. Jack. Anyhow, that’s the band there, Kenton.
And the singer was June Christy?
June Christy, yeah, he liked her. She was allright, but her intonation wasn’t that good, but he promoted her a lot.