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xix Acknowledgments I owe an important debt of gratitude to many people who in many ways helped me collect, organize, and present this work. In most general terms, they brought to my attention aspects and events of Gabe’s life that, discussed in conversations with Gabe, deepened my understanding of his experience and allowed me to more fully write his life. I thank the talented people who work at Hamilton Library, University of Hawai‘i, Mānoa, especially those in the Hawaiian Collection and the Interlibrary Loan Office. I’m grateful to Wayne Oshima, personnel manager of the Royal Hawaiian Band, for the precise information he has given me. I owe an immense debt of gratitude to the John Young Scholarship for the Arts, whose largesse enabled me to travel to the West Coast, meet Gabe’s friends, and document much of his studio work in the late 1960s. Thanks to Tom Ralya, secretary of the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís of the Hawaiian Islands, for finding in his church’s archives the photographs of Gabe playing with Dizzy Gillespie. (The photographer is unknown, but thanks also to him or her.) Thanks to photographer Ron Hudson for his support and beautiful images. For their translation work, from Japanese to English, I am indebted to Ray Kaneyama and Goro Takano. I thank Garry Chun, trumpet player and music collector. All along, Garry took an active interest in the project. In addition to sharing with me his insightful perspectives on all things Gabe, Garry kept me up-to-date about Gabe’s gigs and goings-on in Honolulu while I was in Europe in 2007 and 2008. He also shared films and music from his archives. I wish to acknowledge the fervent community of Kenton experts, whose often richly documented works I consulted regularly. In alphabetical order, they are Lillian Arganian, Carol Easton, Charles Garrod, Steven D. Harris, Dr. William Lee, Michael Sparke, and Pete Venudor. Among Kenton associates, I thank Noel Wedder, publicist for Kenton during the mellophonium era. For three months in 2008, Noel generously and eloquently corresponded with me. He gave me immeasurable gifts by sharing his memories, perceptions, delightful humor, and colorful prose. Thanks too to xx •  Ac k n o w l e d g m e n t s Marvin “Doc” Holladay, the cogent baritone saxophonist who was with Kenton through most of Gabe’s tenure there. Marvin and I also corresponded regularly about Gabe, Kenton, and the nature of jazz. As did Noel Wedder, Doc gave me with his prose an appreciated and immeasurable gift. Thanks to the contributors to the Yahoo Kentonia forum who responded to my posts there. Many of these people knew Stan Kenton personally, worked with Stan professionally, and had been serious fans of Kentonia long before I started this project. From this group, I thank Tony Agostinelli, Don Armstrong, and Joanna Jacobson. I owe a profound debt of gratitude to all the generous people with whom I conducted interviews.Thank you all for your effort, encouragement, generosity, and insight. Because I am still discovering the depth of Gabe’s music and experience as I write this, I only wish that I had known more of Gabe and his career when I spoke with each of you. I list those with whom I spoke or corresponded in alphabetical order: Jim Amlotte, Antonino Baltazar, Norman Baltazar, Rose Baltazar, Al Bang, Danny Barcelona, Allan Beutler, Michael Bloom, Jimmy Borges, Dorothy “Dot” Britto, Jonathan Cabagbag, Ray Catalano, Rich Crandall, Bob Curnow, Ray Florian, Jimmy Funai, Bruce Hamada Sr., Bernie Conception Halman, Pat Hennessey, Marvin “Doc” Holladay, Rocky Holmes, Dick “Slyde” Hyde, Lew Irwin, Alain Jean-Marie, Ray Kaneyama, Carole Kaye, Joel Kaye, Keith LaMotte, Mike Lewis, Dinny Luis, Doug MacDonald, Steve Marcus, Charlie Mariano, Kika Matsumoto, Don Menza, Ollie Mitchell, Gilles Naturel, Ira Nepus, George Okimoto, Noel Okimoto, Professor Robert O’Meally, Wayne Oshima, Harold “Kats” Oto, René Paulo, Ken Poston, Benny Rietveld, Bob Rolphe, Howard Rumsey, Dave Sanchez, Carl Saunders, Richard Simon, Dave Snider, Marvin Stamm, Rudy Tenio, Gregg Timbol, Patrice Tourenne, Mike Vax, Benny Villaverde, Carl Wakeland, Russ Wapensky, Jim Warmoth, Ernie Watts, Noel Wedder, AbeWeinstein, JiggsWhigham, AllenWon, ReubenYap, Professor Byron Yasui, Henry“Boxhead”Yoshino, and George Young. I heartily thank Stan Schab, managing editor at the Center for Biographical Research, University of Hawai‘i, Mānoa, for his encouragement, enthusiasm, and computer savoir faire. For their ongoing insight, encouragement, direction, and critical readings of this text, I wholeheartedly thank...


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  • Jazz musicians -- Biography.
  • Saxophonists -- Hawaii -- Biography.
  • Baltazar, Gabe.
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