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Primary Instrument: Vocalist

Born: August 10, 1909 | Died: July 1, 1965

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. After studying at a music conservatory and playing piano in bands based in the Midwest, Thornhill worked for Paul Whiteman and Benny Goodman in 1934, and for Ray Noble's American band of 1935-1936 (for whom he also arranged). He appeared on some Billie Holiday records and his arrangement of “Loch Lomond” was a big hit for Maxine Sullivan. Although he recorded as a leader in 1937, it was in 1940 that Thornhill put together his own orchestra. The band, featuring long tones played by horns that de-emphasized vibrato, had an unusual sound that sometimes accompanied the leader's tinkling piano. The instrumentation included two French horns and a tuba; sometimes all six of the reeds played clarinets in unison. Although classified by some as a sweet rather than swing band (since the group played a lot of ballads), with the addition in 1941 of Gil Evans as one of the arrangers, the recordings of Thornhill's orchestra attracted a lot of attention in the jazz world....
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Featured recording “1949-1953 Performances”

1949-1953 Performances


2004
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    Snowfall

    Elabeth
    2000
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    Tapestries

    Le Chant Du Monde
    1992
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    Best Of The Big Bands

    Le Chant Du Monde
    1990
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    1948 - The Song Is You

    Le Chant Du Monde
    1980
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    The Early Cool

    Elabeth
    1971
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    Claude Thornhill At Glen Island Casino 1941

    Elabeth
    1971
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    On Stage 1946 - 1947

    Elabeth
    1971
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