Kai Winding, 1962.
This painting, done by artist Ezshwan Winding,
capsulizes many items that were important to both Kai &
Ezshwan--including personal photographs and several momentos
of world travel. Also represented are Kai's King Trombone,
some of his album covers, his favorite blue silk scarf, his
awards & a photograph of him playing the trombone.
". . . I have very fond & vivid recall of the "J and K" cycle. Kai was a super Jazz trombonist/improviser who performed always with wit, killer chops, quasi-reckless abandon, yet with very intelligent sophistication. He was a complete musician, total artist, plus a fun, fun dude to be with or work with."--J.J. Johnson
Above photo: Kai and J.J. Johnson in one of
their many sessions together.
Left to right: unidentified pianist, Kai Winding, Illinois Jacquet, Curtis Fuller in concert.
Above left: Kai and Ezshwan after their wedding service! Above right: J.J. Johnson giving a toast to the happy couple after the ceremony.
Painting by Ezshwan of Kai and Curtis Fuller rehearsing in France.
Kai in his heyday at the Playboy Club (1966) - where he served as Music Director.
[Photo from Summer 1966 edition of "VIP," a
quarterly newsletter that was sent to members
(or "keyholders") of the Playboy clubs ]
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