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KAI WINDING!<br>Full Page Handwritten Letter<br>Expressing concern over jazz being overshadowed by rock and roll<br>Great Content!<br>Plus, vintage promotional 8x10 photo<br>SOLD!

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Along with sometimes partner J.J. Johnson, Kai Winding was one of the most important trombonists in the history of modern jazz and bebop.

In this letter completely written in Winding's hand in 1966, Winding speaks of an upcoming engagement at the Playboy Club - and mentions that he will be now billing his sound as "jazz rock" in an effort to join the "in crowd". This early introduction of the term "jazz rock" is historically significant.

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Also included is a vintage 8x10 promotional photo of Winding's group (see below). The photo is unsigned.




Below is a brief bio of Winding by Scott Yanow for the All Music Guide, reprinte here with Scott's kind permission:

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


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