Lee Konitz

Remembering the Monstrous Stan Kenton
December 09, 2011

It takes a special awfulness for an artist to be worth remembering not for the value but for the faults of his work. In American music, few well-established figures went quite so wrong as Stan Kenton, the pianist and orchestra leader whose centennial on December 15 will be recognized by concerts at Jazz at Lincoln, the Manhattan School of Music, and the University of North Texas, which houses an archive of Kenton’s papers and scores.

Carvin' the Bird
January 22, 2001

Leon Wieseltier: Ken Burns massacres the history of jazz.