I grew up believing until the age of five that Louis Armstrong and Benny Goodman were literally my uncles because in my home they were always called Uncle Louis and Uncle Benny. Then of course, there was always Miss Ella. Big Band jazz and the standards were the soundtrack of my childhood. Then as I matured I discovered and grew into Stan Kenton. Later, my first husband organized and led a Big Band sponsored by Yamaha Music in San Francisco in the late sixties and during the seventies. He, Bill Scott, was a gifted pianist and he wrote all the charts for his big band comprised of local students, except for the charts Stan Kenton donated to him. Of course, his band featured that distinctive "Kenton" sound. Bill had done the same thing in the Army, working with several ledgendary Army Bands. He also played the trumpet and bugle. He once mentioned he was amazed to have never been shot at while he was playing Reveille.