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date: 18 October 2019

Winding, Kai (Chresten )locked

  • Lee Jeske
  • , revised by Barry Kernfeld

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(Chresten )

(b Århus, Denmark, May 18, 1922; d Yonkers, NY, May 6, 1983). American trombonist. He moved with his family to the USA when he was 12 and took up trombone while in his teens; he was largely self-taught. He played in the big bands of Sonny Dunham and Alvino Rey and for three years belonged to a service band while he was a member of the US Coast Guard (from 1942); he also took part in early bop jam sessions at Minton’s Playhouse and Monroe’s Uptown House in New York and was a member of big bands led by Benny Goodman (November 1945 – January 1946), Stan Kenton (1946 – mid-1947), and Charlie Ventura (autumn 1947–1948); in 1947 he appeared with Kenton’s band in the short film Let’s Make Rhythm). At the end of the 1940s he led his own group (including Brew Moore and George Wallington), performed as a sideman with Moore and Gerry Mulligan, and worked at the Royal Roost, Birdland, and Bop City with Tadd Dameron, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, and Allen Eager; during this period he recorded with J. J. Johnson, as a member of the Metronome All Stars and in Davis’s “Birth of the Cool” nonet (both ...

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