(Den utrolige Kai Winding - hans officielle website)
Kai Winding, late 1950s.


My love affair with the Kai Winding style began in 1967 when I wound up studying trombone in high school after having been told that there was no room in the drum/percussion section for my talents as a drummer.  At first I resented having to study the trombone in order to fulfill the school's need for trombonists, but I soon grew to love the instrument.

That first year I frequented the downtown Philadelphia Sam Goody record stores regularly, and saw that there were several jazz trombone artist albums to choose from. Kai Winding, Urbie Green, J.J. Johnson, were just a few. Though I eventually wound up owning several from each artist, I came to love Kai's solo albums and the duo recordings he made with J.J. Johnson, the most.

But my actual introduction to Kai came four years earlier in 1963 when I was just ten years old. I was on vacation with my parents in New York City and we stayed at the Hotel Manhattan. I distinctly remember what the radio in the hotel room was playing when we arrived. It was the Kai Winding hit "More" from the movie Mondo Cane.  Soon after, I bought the 45 rpm version of the song. That arrangement (by Claus Ogerman) where Kai plays the ondioline and the trombone definitely caught my ear and I probably played that record to death. It remains among my favorites to this day.

Kai never had the best tonal quality of the leading trombonists, but he had style. I say that not to give any criticism of this consummate professional. But Kai was an "upstream" player and a form of Type IV in the Pivot System (mouthpiece low on the embouchure and airstream directed upwards into the mouthpiece). This produces a totally different tonal quality on the instrument than someone who is a "downstream" player.

Kai certainly knew how to make great arrangements--of that there is no question or doubt. And he genuinely seemed to have fun playing; at least, that's what always came across to me.  He was the first to experiment with different numbers of trombones on an album, something later on copied by other famous trombonists.

My favorite pieces to listen to in which Kai participated are "Little Drummer Boy" from Betwixt and Between, "September Song" from More Brass, and "Mangos" from The Incredible Kai Winding Trombones.

Chances are that if you are here, there is something about Kai's playing and/or style that you like, too.  I welcome you to this site where I present many of Kai's albums in tribute to this very special jazz musician who definitely left his mark on the jazz and popular music world.

I also want to take this opportunity to thank Kai's widow, Ezshwan, for contacting me and for offering to contribute so much valuable material to this site, including many album scans you will see in the discography. Her friendship, encouragement, & support has indeed been a highlight of my life.  Thanks also go to Piet van Engelen for his help with listing information, sharing his photos of Kai Winding's musical equipment and for allowing me to reprint his Kai Winding 2 Volume book discography within this website. I am grateful to William Kenlon for his Kai Winding photos, advertising and other memorabilia he shared for inclusion on this site.  And appreciation goes to David Sheetz for his photos of Kai, the Stan Kenton Essay and all information on the Pivot System®.  Thanks to Jørn Skovsgaard for his assistance with the Danish language at the top of this page.  I am also grateful to J.D. Smith, Gregory Flores, George L. Broussard, Rodney Schmidt, Jon Philpott, Doug Payne, Dennis Marcellino, Hans Björkman, Jose Sanches Perez, Brian Philips, Peter Bay, Ed Yachimiak, Tom Coyle, Andrew Williams, Wolfgang Weissbrodt, "Jazzcorner" Willie from Germany, Suitbert Kempkes, Hannelore Rabus, Joe Kleiner, Stephen Ryan, Arnaldo DeSouteiro and Ithamara Koorax for their contributions of listings, 45 rpm, LP and CD scans for this site.  Additional thanks go to Leslie Pfenninger of On A&M Records for providing needed foreign issue listing information and to Laura Kolb for sending photos and print advertisements for Kai's site.

--B.J. (Barbara J.) Major
Introduction amended on 01/08/09



Including 78 rpm, LPs, CDs, 45 rpm, EP, Unreleased/Unissued Tape & Radio Broadcasts;
 Live Concerts, VHS, DVD & YouTube
 Text List of Compositions by Kai Winding--HERE
 Kai Winding Sheet Music Covers--HERE
GALLERY: Tidbits, Photos & More--HERE
1971 Giants of Jazz World Tour Photos--HERE
  1982 Aurex Jazz Festival (Japan) Photos--HERE
Kai Winding featured in Print Advertisements--HERE
Kai Winding Non-Album Items--HERE
 EQUIPMENT: Kai and the King® Trombone (What Kai Played)--HERE  
 METHOD:  How did Kai play? (as related to the Pivot System® playing method for cupped mouthpiece brass instruments)--HERE
KAI'S LEGACY:  Kai Winding and the ITA--HERE
Kai Winding Arrangements Housed at the Eastman School of Music (NY)--HERE
 LISTEN to and WATCH Kai's solos--HERE
What is a Trombonium?--HERE
Or, go directly to a specific interview:
Ezshwan Winding Interview, Carl Fontana Interview,
Piet van Engelen Interview, Eli Dimeff Interview
 ESSAY: The Influence of Kai Winding on the Stan Kenton Band--HERE
Comments on the Artist from Site Visitors--HERE
 LINKS:  to Kai Winding News Items (past and present)--HERE
to Other Trombone & Jazz web pages--
 BOOK: Special Inclusion: "Where's The Music" - a 2 volume print
discography on the career of Kai Winding
by Piet van Engelen--


**  This official site online since August 2000 **

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