I grew up completely believing until I reached the age of five that Louis Armstrong and Benny Goodman were literally my uncles because in my home they were always referred to as "Uncle Louis" and "Uncle Benny". Big Band jazz, my father's beloved Dixieland Jazz, and basically all the great standards were the constant soundtrack during my childhood. Then, after my musical taste matured I eventually grew into Stan Kenton, although my dad always disliked Stan's "progressive jazz". Later in my life, my amazing first husband, Bill Scott, organized a Big Band which was comprised of local high school students (and which was entirely equipped and sponsored by his then employer, the Yamaha Music Company) in San Francisco in the late sixties and during the early seventies. He, Bill Scott was a gifted pianist and arranger and he wrote all the charts for his entire big band, except for the numerous charts Stan Kenton generously donated to him. Of course, his band featured that distinctive "Kenton" sound, (although he mentioned regrettably, he just couldn't dig up any damned mellophonium players!) Bill had done the same thing in the Army, working with several legendary Army Bands at the end of WWII. He also played the trumpet and bugle. He once mentioned that he was amazed to have never been shot at while he was playing Reveille!!