Kai Winding, early 1960s.
(Real Name: Kai Chresten Winding)
Born: May 18, 1922 (Denmark)
Died: May 6, 1983 (New York)
From All Music Guide:
Kai Winding - one of the finest trombonists to
emerge from the bebop era, Kai Winding was always to an extent
overshadowed by J.J. Johnson although they co-led one of the most
popular jazz groups of the mid-'50s. Born in Denmark, Winding
emigrated to the U.S. with his family when he was 12. He had short
stints with the orchestras of Alvino Rey and Sonny Dunham and played
in a service band in the Coast Guard for three years. Winding's first
burst of fame occured during his year with Stan Kenton's Orchestra
(1946-47) during which his phrasing influenced and was adopted by the
other trombonists, leading to a permanent change in the Kenton sound.
He also participated in some early bop sessions, played with Tadd
Dameron (1948-49) and was on one of the Miles Davis' nonet's famous
recording sessions. After playing with the big bands of Charlie
Ventura and Benny Goodman, he formed a quintet with J.J. Johnson
(1954-56); the two trombonists (who sounded nearly identical at the
time) had occasional reunions after going their separate ways.
Winding led a four-trombone septet off and on through the latter half
of the 1950s and into the '60s, was music director for the Playboy
clubs in New York and during 1971-72 worked with the Giants of Jazz
(an all-star group with Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Stitt and Thelonious
Monk). Although he recorded frequently both as a leader and a sideman
throughout his career, most of Winding's sessions are not currently
available on CD.--Scott Yanow
More biographical information on Kai Winding can be found here:
Piet Van Englend, "Where's the Music: The Discography of Kai Winding", Micorgraphy - Amsterdam (1985).
A JazzProfiles Article by Steven A. Cerra
Trombone & Jazz Links
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A photo of an Olds® Trombonium can be seen
For more information and instruction about Dr.
method of playing (of which Kai Winding was a student), visit the
Airstream Dynamics website which is run and maintained by Dr. Reinhardt's successor, David Sheetz.
An interview with Kai Winding done by Les
Tompkins in 1980 can be read HERE.
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