Dalton Smith

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by Tom Mac, Mar 12, 2007.

  1. KentonSmith

    KentonSmith New Friend

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    I know this is an old post, but I was looking for something and ran across it. I am Dalton's son. That was a great trumpet section. As a kid my Dad's practicing drove me crazy, as an adult I sure miss it. The quote about my father by Gary grant, a great friend of our family, is pretty much what happened. In answer to your question, or comment, yes, my dad was a character.

    Thanks for keeping the memory alive.
    Kenton Smith
     
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  2. carltonsstudent

    carltonsstudent New Friend

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    To Kenton Smith,

    It is good to hear from you. I have always admired your father's playing very much. The first time I heard him play with Stan Kenton was the Stan Kenton Road Show in Bakersfield, CA in 1959. At another time I was fortunate to get to talk to him for a while. The Road Show band was very exciting and also had Bud Brisbois in the trumpet section. Some of Dalton's phrasings I heard that night have been with me every since.
     
  3. Jen Staves

    Jen Staves New Friend

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    I am Dalton's step daughter. He was married to my mother Marilyn King and played with my father in Stan Kenton trombonist Kent Larsen.Dalton did have some great stories. Kenton , would love to chat with you it has been so long.
     
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  4. gchun

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    FYI, there is a book by Lillian Arganian titled "Stan Kenton: The Man and His Music". It is filled with interviews of various Kenton related people, including Dalton Smith.

    Garry
     
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  5. Bill Stuart

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    Kenton so glad to run across your post. I grew up in Morton and was in the band. I think Dalton was one or 2 years ahead of me. But in high school he was a phenomenon! Nothing short of that. I ventured to East Central and we met up in the MS Southern Band 2 years later along with Vi, a Dixie Darling. I also majored in music as a vocalist but played in the band.Dalton was a great fun guy. He loved the Four Freshmen as did I who came to Southern often. Also and notably Dalton became friends with Skitch Henderson who also came to Southern. Pretty big stuff! I always thought Skitch might have been his entro to Kenton.
    Over the years I have thought of Dalton and Vi a lot.
    Great people! Would be nice to meet you

    Regards
    Billy Paul, Bill, Stuart
     
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  6. Bill Stuart

    Bill Stuart New Friend

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  7. Bill Stuart

    Bill Stuart New Friend

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    Sorry Kenyon I was off a bit. It was Doc Seversein (sp) that came to Southern whom Dalton became friends with. I graduated in 57. I thing Dalton must have been 56. Gotta check my yearbook..

    Bill Stuart
     
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  8. barliman2001

    barliman2001 Fortissimo User

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    Another great guy who played with Stan Kenton was Al Porcino... quite a few years ago, he married into Munich and set up there as a big band leader and clinician. I attended a few of his concerts in one of the local clubs - great music! And on one occasion I was even asked to jump in as a friend of mine who played 4th chair in Al's band got a gall bladder rupture during the concert, was carted out by ambulance at the interval and just shouted at me "You jump in!" Al nodded, and so I got a chance of playing in Al's band. Al passed away a few years back, in very old age (over ninety, I think). He always wore a flaring red shirt to these concerts because "all these young men are so blind, they can't see me unless I go in signal colour!"
     
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