Kai Winding, early 1960s.



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Kai Winding

(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).

Kai Winding News Items (past and present)

From Billboard Magazine July 20, 1963, Page 8!


"Lest We Forget - Kai Winding 1922-83" - by Donald Elfman,  from The New York City Jazz Record (April 2011):


  "Jay and Kai - When Two Trombones are Better Than One" (August 2012)

 A JazzProfiles Article by Steven A. Cerra

 Other Trombone & Jazz Links 

Trombone and related instrument links:

A photo of an Olds® Trombonium can be seen here.

Method Playing:

For more information and instruction about Dr. Reinhardt's PIVOT SYSTEM® 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.

Jazz links:

An interview with Kai Winding done by Les Tompkins in 1980 can be read HERE.

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