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 Kai Chresten Winding

Kai Chresten Winding

Aarhus, Arhus Kommune, Midtjylland, Denmark
Death 6 May 1983 (aged 60)
Yonkers, Westchester County, New York, USA
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Immigrated to United States in 1934; began career as a musician in 1940, later joined U.S. Coast Guard during World War II. After leaving the military, he joined Benny Goodman`s band and later performed with the Stan Kenton orchestra. Later in the 60`s he made several Jazz / Pop albums, with his biggest hit being "More", the instrumental hit featured in the movie "Mondo Cane". This song featured an electronic French instrument called the Ondioline.
He continued to write and perform through the 70`s and early 80`s and also wrote several instructional books for jazz trombone.
In 1983 he passed away due to a brain tumor.
He was survived by his wife, painter Eschwan Winding and son Jai.

Published: May 8, 1983


Kai Winding, the Danish-born jazz trombonist, died Friday after suffering a coronary attack in St. John's Riverside Hospital in Yonkers. Mr. Winding, who had been hospitalized for the treatment of a brain tumor, was 60 years old and had been living in Spain.

He was one of the first stars of Stan Kenton's band in the mid 1940's. Then, in the 1950's, he developed a distinct and melodic twotrombone sound when he teamed with J.J. Johnson in the ''Jay and Kai'' duo.

Mr. Winding, whose middle name was Chresten, was born in Aarhus, Denmark, on May 18, 1922, and came to New York with his family when he was 12 years old. He began playing the trombone while attending Stuyvesant High School and was chiefly self-taught.

He polished his style in jazz sessions in the late 1930's and early 1940's during the birth of be-bop, and played professionally with Shorty Allen and Sonny Dunham before joining the Coast Guard in 1942. With Goodman and Kenton

After three years of service, Mr. Winding went with the Benny Goodman band in 1945 and made his first jazz recording under his own name that year, ''Kai's Kats.''

In 1946, Mr. Winding joined Stan Kenton's band as the trombone lead. After the band broke up, he joined the Charlie Ventura combo before heading small groups playing at such Manhattan clubs as the Royal Roost and Bob City.

Mr. Winding and Mr. Johnson formed their duo in 1954 and toured for two years. After the team broke up, Mr. Winding formed a septet featuring four trombones and a rhythm section in 1956.

During the 1960's and 1970's Mr. Winding recorded, toured and appeared at various jazz festivals. At the 1982 Aurex Jazz Festival in Japan, he was reunited with Mr. Johnson for the first time since a brief tour in 1958.

Mr. Winding was featured at the 1982 Kool Jazz Festival in one of his last appearances in New York. He is survived by his wife, Eleanor; two daughters, Michele Winding of Manhattan and Beverly Winding of Los Angeles; two sons, Kai Winding Jr. of Miami and Jai Winding of Los Angeles, and three stepchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 2 P.M. tomorrow at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Irvington, N.Y.

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