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.

1945 Al Porcino


Comment Al Porcino:
This was by a famous photographer who worked in the Carnegie Hall building; up around the sixth floor he had a studio. What I like about this is, you know, photographers, they take a picture and they have a negative, but if they see there is some imperfection they can touch it up. Now you don’t see it too sharp here, but he took out my bucktooth.
Oh not completely.
Yeah, yeah, well this is a bad….. it’s not sharp, but if I show you the picture it looks like I have perfect teeth. And there I am with my Martin, Committee Martin and my Callicio high note mouthpiece. That was in the mid-60’s – ah, mid 40’s, what am I saying, in the mid-40’s, imagine?