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  Claude Thornhill - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Claude Thornhill (August 10, 1909 - July 1, 1965) was an American pianist, arranger, and bandleader.
Although the Thornhill band was originally a dance band it became known for its many superior jazz musicians and for Thornhill's innovative arrangements; its "Portrait of a Guinea Farm" has become a classic jazz recording.
The band ceased operation in 1942 when Thornhill entered the military, where he performed with Artie Shaw's United States Navy band, then was revived from 1946 to 1948.
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 Claude Thornhill -- Facts, Info, and Encyclopedia article   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Claude Thornhill (August 10, 1909 - July 1, 1965) was an (A native or inhabitant of the United States) American (A person who plays the piano) pianist, (A musician who adapts a composition for particular voices or instruments or for another style of performance) arranger, and (The leader of a dance band) bandleader.
The band played without ((music) a pulsating effect in an instrumental or vocal tone produced by slight and rapid variations in pitch) vibrato so that the timbres of the instruments could be better appreciated, and Thornhill encouraged the musicians to develop cool-sounding tones.
The band was popular with both musicians and the public; the (United States jazz musician; noted for his trumpet style (1926-1991)) Miles Davis Nonet was modelled in part on Thornhill's cool sound.
www.absoluteastronomy.com /encyclopedia/c/cl/claude_thornhill.htm   (214 words)

  
 Solid! -- Claude Thornhill
Thornhill studied music at the Cincinnati Conservatory and the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia.
In early 1940 Thornhill formed his own orchestra, which subbed for Miller's orchestra at the Pennsylvania Hotel and for Sammy Kaye's group at the Commodore before taking off on a disastrous tour.
Thornhill himself finally received the call, and the group was disbanded in October.
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 Claude Thornhill   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
The band played without vibrato so that the timbres of the could be better appreciated and Thornhill encouraged musicians to develop cool-sounding tones.
The band popular with both musicians and the public; Miles Davis Nonet was modelled in part on cool sound.
The band ceased operation in 1942 when entered the military where he performed with Artie Shaw 's United States Navy band then was revived from 1946 1948.
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 Gerry Mulligan by Craig Hanley - Claude Thornhill   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Claude Thornhill was born on August 10, 1909 in Terre Haute, Indiana, and was taught piano from the age of four by his mother, a local church organist, who found him an exceptional pupil.
Claude made his first recordings with Kemp's band in February 1931, but was unable to play with them at the Hotel New Yorker as he did not possess a New York (local 802) musicians' union card.
When Claude's Columbia recording contract expired in December 1947, he negotiated a new one with RCA Victor, but the intervention of the second recording band in 1948 delayed further commercial recording for a year.
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 Claude Thornhill   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
In his 1940 band Thornhill sought perfect intonation from his musicians and balance between the sections.
The resulting pastel-shaded musical patterns and sustained chords, against which Thornhill made delicate solo statements on piano, was in striking contrast to the sound of other big bands of the period.
Lasting testimony to Thornhill lies in the arranging styles of both Evans and Mulligan, both of whom long afterwards pursued concepts and sounds rooted in Thornhill's band of the early '40s.
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 CMT.com : Claude Thornhill : Biography   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Although he recorded as a leader in 1937, it was in 1940 that Thornhill put together his own orchestra.
After a period in the miliary (1942-1945), Thornhill put together a new orchestra, retaining the services of Gil Evans (and sometimes using Gerry Mulligan charts as well) and featuring such soloists as altoist Lee Konitz, clarinetist Danny Polo, and trumpeter Red Rodney.
He continued leading bands on a part-time basis up until his death, but Claude Thornhill was largely neglected and forgotten during his final 15 years.
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 Claude Thornhill & His Orchestra - 1947 by Claude Thornhill & His Orchestra : Music CD   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
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Claude Thornhill and His Orchestra - 1947 by Claude Thornhill and His Orchestra : Music CD
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 The Big Band Arrangers   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
MCA then called up another arranger to work with the group, Claude Thornhill, who in 1937, had scored a big hit with his arrangement of "Loch Lomond" for singer Maxine Sullivan (a little lady he had discovered while working on New York City's famed 52nd Street).
In 1939, Thornhill who had already put together his own orchestra in New York, began touring, and found itself, in the summer of 1940, at the Rendez-Vous ballroom in Balboa Beach.
Thornhill and Gil Evans became friends, and, in 1941, the two arrangers decided to quit that particular job.
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 Jazz/Jerry Jazz Musician/Gil Evans biographer Stephanie Stein Crease interview   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
It was also during this time that he met Claude Thornhill, and that amounted to a fantastic apprenticeship.
When Thornhill started his own band in late 1939, he was very interested in getting a more orchestral sound, not just the standard sectional sound for brass and saxes.
Claude gave Gil a lot of freedom in that band, and Gil got his reputation in New York City with the writing he did for Claude's band after World War II, when he lived in that famous 55th Street basement apartment...
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 CLAUDE THORNHILL Vinyl Records ~ Used, Rare, Collectible and Vintage Vinyl LPs & 45s
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 Medialunchbox - Music : The Complete Fran Warren With Claude Thornhill   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
This CD is a re-issue of Fran Warren's impressive performances with the Claude Thornhill band recorded in 1946-47.
For years, I have listened to these performances via a tape I made from the original 78 RPM records, complete with nicks and scratches.
Her singing was warm, intimate and emotional, but well-contained within the restrictions of a dance band's...
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 ipedia.com: Cool jazz Article   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
The Claude Thornhill Orchestra and Lennie Tristano first recorded cool jazz in the late 1940s.
West Coast jazz (often considered an invalid jazz type as it encompasses more than the West Coast of the USA) is often part of cool jazz.
Thornhill's most popular song "Snowfall" is still played today.
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 Claude Thornhill - Band Leader
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I have often wondered if he is in some way related to his contemporary,Claude Thornhill, head football coach at Stamford who had roots in Bedford Co Virginia.I am better known by my middle name,Edward at Glojet@aol.com
Re: Claude Thornhill - Band Leader William Thornhill 3/13/04
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 Claude Thornhill bei eLexi - das Onlinelexikon   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
After playing for Paul Whiteman, Benny Goodman, Ray Noble, and Billie Holiday, and arranging "Loch Lomond" for Maxine Sullivan, in 1938 he took over a band from Gil Evans and renamed it the Claude Thornhill Orchestra.
The band's most successful records were "Snowfall," "A Sunday Kind of Love," and "Love for Love." The band ceased operation in 1942 when Thornhill entered the military, where he performed with Artie Shaw's United States Navy band, then was revived from 1946 to 1948.
Three ships of the United States Navy have been named USS Austin.
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 Kansas City JAM Magazine Article
And, not only is Arch a walking encyclopedia of Kansas City's jazz history from the late forties on, but he may be the only KC jazz great who almost killed Harry Truman, who, at the time, was still the sitting President of the United States (more on that later).
Jimmy Knepper was the other trombone player on the band, Gene Quill and Max Robinson were on saxes, and many of the now-famous Thornhill charts were written by Gerry Mulligan.
As soon as Arch was on board, the band left immediately for a European tour that was to last 7 to 8 weeks; but, because of major transportation hassles, it became 12.
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 MTV.com - Claude Thornhill
Although some of his recordings were on the periphery of jazz and his orchestra was at its most popular in the early '40s, Claude Thornhill's main importance to jazz was the influence that his arrangements and orchestra's sound had on cool jazz of the late '40s.
The band, featuring long tones played by horns that de-emphasized vibrato, had an unusual sound that sometimes accompanied the leader's tinkling piano.
However, by then the pianist's glory days were over.
www.mtv.com /bands/az/thornhill_claude/bio.jhtml   (370 words)

  
 Amazon.com: 1948 Transcription Performance: Music   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Claude Thornhill and His Orchestra - The Rare Columbia Recordings ~ Claude Thornhill
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 Anecdote - Claude Thornhill - Madame Zucka   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
"Claude [Thornhill]'s piano was stationary but Ray's was revolving and he would disappear among the dancers and would turn up again every 12 bars or so.
Claude had grabbed a tablecloth from one of the waiters.
He stood up with it over his head and announced, 'Madame Zucka says to take the second ending.' The place broke up."
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 JR.com: Claude Thornhill & His Orch... - The Uncollected Claude Thornhill & His Orchestra, in Music: Big Band:
Full performer name: Claude Thornhill & His Orchestra.
Personnel includes: Claude Thornhill (piano); Gil Evans (arranger); Lee Konitz (alto saxophone); Red Rodney (trumpet).
The Later Recordings - The Crystal Gazer The Song Is You Play The Great Jazz Arrangements Of Gil...
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 Big Bands Play The Classics - Thornhill, Monroe, Krupa, Crosby, Goodman   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Song Number ONE: The French horns are absent, but we hear the distinctive piano and arranging of Claude Thornhill in this 1941 recording of Johannes Brahms' "Hungarian Dance No. 5."
Song Number TWO: Vaughn Monroe was, among other things, the Wisconsin state high school champion trumpet player.
If that is not appropriate, here is a link.
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 Claude Thornhill - Free Music Downloads, Videos, CDs, MP3s, Bio, Merchandise and Links
Claude Thornhill - Free Music Downloads, Videos, CDs, MP3s, Bio, Merchandise and Links
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After studying at a music conservatory and playing piano in bands based in the Midwest, Thornhill worked for Paul..
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 Footlight.com > Thornhill, Claude
Recordings of Claude Thornhill and His Orchestra from 1941, 1946 and 1947!
23 Amazing tracks from Claude Thornhill and His Orchestra!
Claude Thornhill & His Orchestra perform 24 original mono recordings 1937-1947.
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Arnett Cobb; Chuck Israels; Michael Mantler; Lea Mathews; Al Morgan; Salvatore Pace; Claude Thornhill.
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 Claude Thornhill   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
2 Dance to the Sound of Claude Thornhill
19 The Uncollected Claude Thornhill & His Orchestra
27 Claude Thornhill Plays the Great Jazz Arrangements
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 Discography: Claude Thornhill   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
(1958) Dance to the Sound of Claude Thornhill
(1947) The Uncollected Claude Thornhill & His Orchestra
(..) Claude Thornhill Plays the Great Jazz Arrangements
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 Original Big Band Classics - Charlie Spivak, Claude Thornhill   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Original Big Band Classics - Charlie Spivak, Claude Thornhill
Original Big Band Classics on cassette tape --- Side A: Charlie Spivak and his orchestra with Cuddle Up a Little Closer; What Can I Say After I Say I'm Sorry; Solitude; Accentuate The Positive; Laura.
Side B: Claude Thornhill and his orchestra with Snowfall; Sometimes I'm Happy; Just About This Time Last Night; I May Be Wrong (But I Think you're Wonderful); Robbins Nest.
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 Footlight.com > The Complete Fran Warren (with Claude Thornhill)
Footlight.com > The Complete Fran Warren (with Claude Thornhill)
Home > The Complete Fran Warren (with Claude Thornhill)
14 Tracks of Fran Warren with Claude Thornhill!
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 Drum Books E by author
By popular demand, the study scores are finally available.
First known as the award-winning arranger for the Claude Thornhill Orchestra, Evans is perhaps best known as the arranger/conductor of four albums with Miles Davis, as well as for leading his own innovative orchestra.
This book contains 14 titles spanning his entire career.
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