There were six trumpets, plus [Paul Cacia], in front; five trombones, five saxes and enough percussionists to staff the Rose Parade. The band played a lot of Stan Kenton charts, which was [Mort Sahl]'s special interest in the evening, because Kenton was Sahl's mentor and closest friend for years, and Mort often appeared with the band.
In fact, Cacia produced an album in 1987 called "The Alumni Tribute to Stan Kenton" (Happy Hour label, available on LP and compact disc). A number of the alumni-Shorty Rogers, Lee Konitz, Jack Sheldon, vocalist June Christy among them, plus Sahl himself-intersperse the tunes with reminiscences of the man and the years on the road.
The high trumpets engender a different kind of excitement and Cacia led his band, which he calls the New Age Jazz Orchestra, through another CD, also on Happy Hour, called "Quantum Leap." It presents some stirring, hard-charging tunes, with disciplined ensembles and fine solo work, and also features Cacia's vocalist-wife, Janine Cameo. She sustains the vigorous June Christy tradition with a voice quality that is her own.