on the Artist from Site Visitors
Subject: Kai Winding
Received: 11/30/00 10:14 PM
Nice site on Kai you made. I think he deserves
it, that is the reason why I wrote his Bio/discography (partly
together with him amd his wife Eleanor).
He was a very gentle and softspoken man, but a
very good jazz trombonist,who knew exactly what he wanted. I played
with him several times and that was very special. His widow gave me
one of his trombones after he died, and I am still playing it. It is
the one he used during the Giants of Jazz tours I think your site
does give him the credits he needs.
Piet van Engelen
Subject: Discovering the NEW
Received: 4/9/01 7:32 AM
For the first time I visited (with Dom Um
[Romao] watching with attention) your sites about Bobby
Rosengarden and Kai Winding.
I don't know too much about Bobby, but of
course I have many of his albums as sideman. . . .
Regarding Kai, I don't have many of his solo
albums. But I love his projects with J.J. Johnson.
[. . .]
Jazz Station Records
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Subject: Kai Winding site
Received: 5/9/01 8:02 PM
I just spent a most satisfying visit to your
wonderful and informative website. I was a teenager in the 50's, and
loved listening to JJ and Kai.
I was not aware that he was such a prolific
composer, and am genuinely impressed with his accomplishments. As was
stated on your website, JJ usually got most of the attention and very
little information was made of Kai Winding. Growing up on the west
coast (LA area) pretty much kept me in the dark over the east coast
Thank you for the very taseful representation
of his life. My thanks and best wishes to Ezshwan Winding for her
input and her most interesting interview, and insight into this great
Great Falls, Montana
Subject: Kai Winding computer
Received: 5/11/01 6:34 PM
Your dedicated site to the late Kai Winding is
superb. having grown up back in the 1950's , finding out about Kai in
the early 1960's, he became an inspiration to me, when I took up
trombone in high school, as his sound was so cool, after listening to
people like Vic Dickinson, and Tommy Dorsey.
With his trombone groups, as well as with JJ
Johnson, he managed to make the public sit up, and take notice of the
While at the University of Toronto's Faculty of
Music, in December 1967, I was coming back from a gig, west of
Toronto, riding in the backseat of a station wagon, driven by the
drummer in my band. We were hit head-on by a drunken 16 year old, and
I was tossed through the front windshield, headfirst, and suffered
severe head damage, caving in my skull, and also losing all but 10%
vision in the inside of my right eye.
I stopped playing for over 33 years, and have
just been a house husband, my wife also being legally
[. . .]
Subject: Kai Winding Webpage
Received: 6/2/01 8:32 PM
Wow...the internet really does cover just about
I've only been on the internet for a short
time. I wanted to see just how extensive the subject matter was. So,
being a trombone player myself since high school (graduated 1973),
and knowing how lonely it was, and thinking that there couldn't
possibly be too many others besides myself who claimed Kai Winding to
be their favorite, I did a search and WHAM!.......up comes your
I still have the 33rpm of "Caravan" that I
play. That album still amazes me. It has always been one of my
I saw Kai Winding live only once in the early
'70's at the Double Tree Inn in Seattle where I lived at the time. A
very cool and intimate setting (about 50 people) and I was too shy to
talk to him between sets. Nevertheless, I will never forget it. I was
a King player from then on and still am. No one in my opinion could
play a ballad like Kai. Caravan was also the album where I thought
the keyboard player was the best Kai could have chosen. They
complement each other so well! I can't think of his name right now
without going upstairs to look! (Last name starts with a
Anyhow, thanks for all your work on the
website. It makes me want to start up my Kai collection again. I
still have some of my favorite albums of his, however, during a very
stupid period in my life following a divorce, I let many of them
Eric N. Bjorklund
Subject: Re: Re Official Kai Winding
Received: 12/14/02 7:52 PM
Great site. My former teacher the late Rod
Johnson got to play with Kai. Kai came to Winnipeg (Manitoba
Canada)and played with the local big band lead by Ron Paley. Rod said
the trombones sat in front of the band because they were featured on
all the songs. He said the highlight of his career was trading 4's
with Kai on a J.J./Kai tune. I wish he was still around so I could
find out more about that event and more about Kai Winding.
Too bad more of his stuff (any stuff without
J.J.?) hasn't been released on cd.
Subject: Kai Winding album - "A New Look at The
Received: 10/16/03 8:05 AM
I was just looking at your Kai Winding site,
and noticed you didn't have a track list or album cover for the album
he did with Alan Keller called "A New Look at the World".
Just by coincidence, I was just looking through
my record collection tonight for that album, because I hadn't
listened to it for years. I didn't find it but I know its in there,
so I'll have another look and I'll get the info to you to add to your
site if you like. You've done such great work, its a shame to leave
off a small piece like that.
The Queensland Orchestra
Subject: from Mike Suter re: Kai Winding
Received: 12/13/03 6:26 PM
I just discovered your site, and I'm honored
you've included my 'essay' from the Kentonia site.
There's a phenomenon known as the "Trombone
Band" (4 trombones + rhythm) that's sprung up all over the world in
the past 40 years or so. You never see a "trumpet Band" but "Trombone
Bands" are all over the place. Kai obviously pioneered all
If I said my band "Slidewerke" (5 trombones + 6
rhythm) wasn't influenced by Kai I'd be telling a lie. The music is
very different, but that the band exists at all is because he made it
possible for a band to have just trombones in the front
And as for my band "Slydz" that will be
recording in Europe this Spring: 4 trombones + rhythm. Gee, that
rings a bell.
Thanks & All The Best,
Subject: Kai Winding
Received: 12/20/03 2:12 AM
Greetings....I found your web site tonight. Kai
Winding was a great inspiration to me as a young trombone player
growing up in New York in the mid to late 50's. I was very lucky to
have actually had the wonderful luck to work with his septet in the
early 60's. As a matter of fact, I found a listing of a private
recording by Kai of a concert we did at the Ohio State Prison in
1960. Is there any way I can get a CD copy of that concert? If there
is, please let me know the price and the rest of the details. I also
did an extensive tour of Playboy clubs with Kai. (Maybe in 1961-2) Do
you know if Kai recorded any of those?
On behalf of trombone players everywhere, thank
you for remembering Kai Winding. I've had the privilege of working
with a lot of great trombone players over the years, but Kai was one
[of] my all time favorites.
Subject: Kai Winding Charts
Received: 12/24/03 5:41 PM
I was just exploring your wonderful web site on
Kai Winding. The wealth of information is fantastic. Thanks for
taking the time to assemble it!
I have a question that nobody has been able to
answer for several years now. Do you have any idea where I can get
sheet music for the Jay & Kai + 6 trombone octets? I had one
lead, which said that Kai's widow donated a set of these charts to
the Eastman Music Library, but that had been a dead
Any information you can provide would be
Director, Greece Jazz Band
Date: Wed Nov 10, 2004 4:16:22 PM
Subject: great site
The web site devoted to Kai Winding is an
absolute fabulous tribute to the Man. Thank you for getting it
Every night for 2 years in the military service
I went to sleep listening to albums of duet with J. J. Johnson, &
Kai Winding. (I was playing trombone in the service.)
[. . .]
Subject: Kai Winding
Date: June 13, 2005 6:26:30 AM
I just scrolled through your web site. It's
amazing, fabulous, and great. One of the most comprehensive web sites
I have seen. ALMOST everything a person could want to know about Kai
Winding. [. . .]
Received in email December 5, 2005:
Subject: Jay & Kai music
Just became aware of your great Kai
Winding web site - fantastic! Like yourself, I'm a lifetime Winding fan
- in fact I got my first 45 EP with Jay & Kai in 1956 (I believe),
at age 12.
I'm a jazz trombonist and since 1969 a
radio jazz producer at NRK Oslo, Norway.
The reason I'm writing: For a lifetime
I've ben thinking of putting together a Jay & Kai-group for the fun
of it - and not the least for young generations who are not aware
of that great 2 trombone sound. Now I'll simply do it!
[. . . .]
The best from
Date: January 27, 2006
8:39:27 AM EST
Dear B.J. Major,
I have just had the pleasure of
visiting the official website of Kai
Winding. It is an impressive and
exhaustive compilation of information and
background material on this great
artist - and being a Dane I can only feel
pride of being related to him through
his nationality. I am also grateful
to those who put such an effort in a
contribution to his immortality - it
is really appreciated on this side of
[. . .]
Ministry of Education
The International Unit
Received in email 7/11/06:
I found your website because I was trying to look up information
pertaining to Kai Winding's biography and found so much more! I'm
embarrassed to admit that I did not know too much about Kai Winding
although my first husband and myself named our son after him! My son
Kai Cresten (middle name spelled a little different) was named after I
found the name in my husband's jazz encyclopedia in 1974. Thanks to
your website, I have learned a great deal and clicked on the Amazon
link to order a couple of cd's.
You're probably asking yourself why would they name their child after
this grat jazz artist while not knowing too much about him? Well, my
husband was a sax man and just wanted the baby to have the initials KC
as our last name was Jones, and at the time a grat Boston Celtics
player was named KC Jones. I didn't go along with that and dragged out
the jazz book and looked for a name that began with a K and middle name
with a C, and thats how it happened. In the past 32 years when people
have asked us about Kai's name being so unusual, we have explained the
story over and over. As a matter of fact several people since have
named their children after our son. Just a bit of trivia and to thank
you for a wonderful website. I plan on giving my son Kai a CD of his
Ginny Jones DeSilva
Received in email on March 19, 2007 from Kai Winding's widow:
Another big thanks to you for all your unceasing work on the site.
Every time I check out Kai's "Official site" I learn more about his
work. I am so happy to see the photos of the Giants of Jazz. Somewhere
in the States I have a small album of casual photos of the group on the
road. When I visit my family in May, I will have to look for it.
All the best,
Received in email: January 3, 2009 10:58:18 PM EST
Subject: A FAN OF KAI--AND YOUR WEBSITES!
Had to write, [to] tell you:
First: the most informative, tasteful, useful and effective websites
I've had the pleasure of browsing. (This, from a professional communications person--writer, coordinator, video/audio
producer). Just superb. "Follow your bliss"--the best advice you
or anyone could follow!
Second: thanks so much for enlightening me about Kai Winding, a man I
knew only through (what I now realize) was just a sliver of his
professional career. Immersed in commercial radio in the 60s, I
was introduced to Kai as most people were, through his hit single,
More. Bought the "Kai Winding" Verve LP, which I had in my collection
right up until 1999, when I (very carefully) reproduced it on cassette,
when I sold my extensive collection and hit the road to Mexico
(following my own personal "bliss").
I still play the cassette, and it's still one of my favourites, due, in
part to Kai, and--I now know--to arranger, Claus Ogerman, a man I was
familiar with through other recording sessions, including an Jobim
session with Sinatra. Nice to discover more about him, too!
Have long searched in vain for CDs of Kai's 60s Creed Taylor pop/jazz
Verve albums. Some of the arrangements are quite timeless
(Washington Square, China Surf, etc)... maybe someday.
It's quite startling to see so many of my favourites--Jobim, Mancini, Winding--among your sites.
Again--thanks for putting it all together, so I can learn more about
the other work the Dane did so well--and enjoy his widow's artwork,
Calgary, AB, Canada
Received in email: January 6, 2009 11:14:32 PM EST
My name is Laura, and my husband, Bubba Kolb, was the house pianist at the Village Lounge - Walt Disney World, Fl.
As you know Kai performed there several times for 2 week
stints. His lovely wife, Eleanor, was with him. They were
such a charming, hospitable couple to be around. My husband was a
trombone player with Disney also, and was thrilled to be backing Kai.
He also asked for Carl Fontana, Frank Rosolino, Urbie Green and
others. It was a dream gig. He stayed home, and every 2
weeks another Jazz great came in the lounge.
Anyway, I kept a scrapbook during that time with posters, pictures, and
correspondence. You might be interested in some of it pertaining
to Kai. I have posted some of the pics on my Flicker photo site,
and have noticed them floating around on the internet. I don't mind if
it is "not for profit."
Received in email on 8/1/09
Thank you for everything you've done in helping to
showcase one on the world's greatest trombone players, Kai Winding.
Your site has given me much to absorb about Kai Windings life and
contributions to jazz.
I read with great interest the anecdote about Carl and his
friend Bill digging out of the closet an old trombone that had once
belonged to Kai Winding. You see, many years ago, around the early to
mid 90's, I happened to be in Las Vegas and wanted to have a lesson
with Carl while I was there. I looked in the telephone directory and
low and behold, there was Carl's phone number. I called and the phone
rang for quite some time until finally an answering machine picked up.
I left a message. My stay finally ended and I had to leave a little
disappointed, never having heard back from Carl.
The following year I planned ahead to be able to see
Carl in performance at the Four Queens, where he had a standing
Monday night gig with Bobby Shew. The casino was packed for the
performance and a multitude of fans and admirers, myself included, sat
within the aisles of the slot machines. This looked to cause much
consternation with the security who patrolled this area, as nobody was
even remotely interested in gambling while these titans performed. We
all sat quietly and listened as these two brought an evenings worth of
standards to life, as only these two masters could.
During a break, I took advantage of the opportunity and
squeezed through the crowd to go and meet my hero, Carl Fontana. As I
walked up to Carl, I checked to see that he could see me approaching to
greet him. Indeed he did and as I extended my hand to shake his, I
introduced myself. "Mr. Fontana", I said, "my name is Erick and I just
wanted to come up and meet you". To which he quickly replied,
displaying his discerning ear and a great memory, "You called me a year
We spoke together for the whole break. At one point Carl
stopped and asked if I wanted to buy a trombone. He told me that Kai
Winding's widow wanted to sell one of his trombones to help with
[hospital] expenses and asked if I was interested in buying Kai
Winding's trombone. What a joyful shock it was to be offered such a
historic instrument. However, I truly did not feel worthy and had to
pass on that opportunity.
The article I read sparked my memory of that past exchange
I had had with with one of my favorite trombonists involving another of
my trombone heroes own instrument. I don't know of I did the right
thing turning down the offer to buy Kai Winding's trombone. To tell you
the truth, I felt both a little ill and a little relieved at the same
time. I imagine I would have felt the same way had I bought it.
I just wanted to share that with you. Once again, thank you for compiling such good data on Kai Winding and so many others.
May God bless you,
P.S. Please check out my art and photography website. It's located at <www.hotbebop.com>.
If you like the artwork, would you mind helping me to get out into the
world and forward my website to those you think might enjoy my
paintings and photography? Thanks again.
Received in email on Aug 10, 2009, at 2:35 PM
Re: Kai's lead
You speak of your "love affair" with Kai's playing. Well, I'm late to
that party but have arrived none the less. I've been doing a
re-visitation of his life's work and come away with the following: He
was the greatest promoter and producer of high quality trombone
ensemble literature and performance. He was without a doubt one of the,
if not the greatest lead trombonist in jazz history. All of those "Kai
Winding Trombones" albums are completely domonated by his personal
style and vision. One can learn pretty much all there is to learn about
the art and craft of lead bone playing by studying his work.
I've always liked his work, but after my re-examination of late, I have grown to really love it.
His concept of lead and section playing was so complete and advanced,
you needed to be a great lead player yourself just to play the section
parts under him.
Thanks for your great work which was in itself the main reason for my
re-visitation to his work. Like youself, my first contact with Kai came
in High School when I was first starting out playing the trombone
in 1964. My parents had a old Kenton 78 disc of "Collaboration" that I
listened to intensely. Soon others played a more influential role in
forming my own musical style. I'm retired from playing now, but I still
need to have the trombone sound close by and lately it's been dominated
by Kai's work.
Received in email on Friday, February 10, 2012 from the UK:
For me discovering "J & K" in 1954 when I was 21, was like opening the window on a new world.
I didn't have my own record player then but having bought the LP would
go round to my married older sister's place in the next street and play
Couldn't get enough of that sound.
Went on to follow both of them through their careers, sadly losing Kai quite early.
Thank you for keeping the music alive, B.J.