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Music Memory - Doug Shelton

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This week's Music Memory comes from one of our listeners, Doug Shelton.

“Jazz music, especially Stan Kenton's ‘Intermission Riff’, sure does evoke a lot of emotional memories for me.  My father and I didn’t have a lot of things in common, and sometimes it was hard to just talk, but Jazz and Stan Kenton were always the common threads that would keep our relationship fresh.

One of the highlights of our father / son relationship came in 1973, when my father took me to The Palais Royale to see Stan Kenton.  I stood at the stage and, as a 13 year old drummer, I was mesmerized by a young Peter Erskine just slaying the drums.  Kenton picked up on this and invited me up to sit in on a tune:  ‘Intermission Riff’.  It was an emotional moment for my father, who’d been  a Kenton fanatic since the 40's. 

My father taught me a lot in life, and everything started with our common love of Jazz and Kenton.  I miss my father very much and have many memories … but one memory in particular will always be tied to ‘Intermission Riff’.”

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