Stanley Newcomb "Stan" Kenton (December 15, 1911 – August 25, 1979) was an award winning and internationally recognized American popular music and jazz artist. As a pianist, composer, arranger, and band leader, he led an innovative and influential jazz orchestra (1940s through '70s) garnering many successes across several music genres. Though Kenton was to have several pop hits from the early 1940s into the 1960s, much like earlier band leader Paul Whiteman he categorized his music as forward looking. In Kenton's own words it was "Progressive jazz." He was also on the cutting edge of jazz education in creating the Stan Kenton Band Clinics starting in the late 1950's.