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Claude Thornhill, 1909-1965

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Claude Thornhill had a very fine orchestra/band, which recorded several standards—Polka Dots and Moonbeams leaps to mind. Thornhill was one of the founders of progressive jazz. Quite a few of his recordings are still available. Here’s the band with Maxine Sullivan singing, and Claude playing piano. Note the horns playing with the band.

And here’s an early recording—1935—with Thornhill playing piano (with Gene Gifford’s arrangement and group, so not what we now know as “Thornhill.”)

The group above does include Bunny Berrigan, who’s perhaps best known for his signature tune, where he plays trumpet and sings:

Written by Leisureguy

5 January 2008 at 10:00 am

Posted in Jazz, Music

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