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Si Zentner

While big bands seemed to be fading fast during the late '50s and early '60s, bandleader Si Zentner was one of the few to front a successful big band -- enjoying both critical and commercial acclaim. Born Simon H. Zentner on June 13, 1917 in New York City, the future bandleader picked up a violin at the age of four before switching over to trombone, and earned a music college scholarship. Originally studying to be a classical musician, Zentner became interested in more commercial styles of music after lending his skills to a recording session with composer/bandleader Andre Kostelanetz. Throughout the '40s, Zentner learned the tricks of the trade by playing in bands led by such notables as Les Brown, Harry James, and Jimmy Dorsey.

Zentner then relocated to Los Angeles, where he worked regularly as a studio musician -- and from 1949 through 1955, was on the MGM staff (working on such hit movies as Singing in the Rain and A Star Is Born). But Zentner's desire to front his own big band peaked at this time. Signing a recording contract with Liberty Records in 1959, Zentner assembled a large swing outfit, and toured steadily (he once claimed that his band played 178 consecutive one-night stands). While several popular releases came out around this time (1959's Thinking Man's Band, 1960s Suddenly It's Swing, 1963's Waltz in Jazz Time), Zentner's band won a staggering 13 straight Downbeat polls for 'Best Big Band,' as Zentner himself was recognized as 'Best Trombonist' in Playboy's Jazz Reader's Poll. Zentner's band scored their biggest hit in 1961, with a Bob Florence-arranged twist version of Hoagy Carmichael's "Up a Lazy River," which managed to cross over into the Top 40 of the pop charts.

Eventually however, the public's interest in big bands had dwindled to the point that even Zentner's fine band found it increasingly hard to attract a substantial audience on tour. Zentner landed back on his feet in 1965, when he moved to Las Vegas and opened the Tropicana Hotel's lounge, the Blue Room, accompanying Mel Tormé. Three years later, Zentner was named musical director for one of Las Vegas' longest-running floor shows, Folies Bergere. But once more, Zentner couldn't turn his back completely on taking a big band on the road, as he assembled another touring group. The '90s saw such new releases as Road Band, Country Blues, and Blue Eyes Plays Ol' Blue Eyes, but later in the decade, Zentner was diagnosed with leukemia. Admirably, Zentner kept performing up until six months prior to his passing, on January 31, 2000 in Las Vegas. ~ Greg Prato, Rovi
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phillden8
May be the greatest trombone player ever!
From a big band jazz trombone player
ralphmt3
Si Zentner opened the first casino in Atlantic City (Resorts Internationa l ) in 1978 as Musical Director then moved to The Sands (4th Casino in A. C.) where was also Musical director, designing an producing an original musical review (original music by Billy May) in the first purpose-buil t theater in A.C. at the time! We were good friends.
R Taylor
rockymtnliz5
Bring the Big Bands back! Love this sound, so lucky to have grown up with it, and still enjoying it!


bobandbelva
Born 20 years too late.. love big band sound
apdahl5
Zetner's music will never die. He left a great legacy for us all!
Si Zentner has a great big band sound. Outstanding!
Big Band music is some of the best ever. That is when music was really music.
nhojsretlaw
bios are ff****ked on several stations and dizzy should have one!!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
I played Hawaiian and Spanish guitars, but never at the pro level!
Those musicians were the greatest because they created some of the best
music we have ever had the pleasure to enjoy! Nothing today compares to their era!!! A WWII Submarine veteran. Ted B
Thanks to my Son for introducing me to Si Zentner, great music. 40's music into the 50's, 60's, 70's, love it. Zeke B.
saxaction.55
A performance in '65 provided my first exposure to a great, wonderful big band. It was an inspiring, "peak experience" for me, and contributed to my later learning to play tenor sax and to become a member of a big band.
rvanvalkenbu r g 2
Always leaves the listener feeling better for having heard him and the band. What a great group!
yes we have no banannas!
The BEST trombonist I ever heard! My favorite from his band is 'UP A LAZY RIVER'...... w h a t a classic!
very good basic jazz band feel

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