Even though some of his recordings were in the periphery of jazz and his orchestra was at its most widely used in the first ’40s, Claude Thornhill’s main importance to jazz was the influence that his arrangements and orchestra’s sound had on cool jazz from the past due ’40s. After their studies at a music conservatory and playing piano in rings located in the Midwest, Thornhill worked well for Paul Whiteman and Benny Goodman in 1934, as well as for Ray Noble’s American music group of 1935-1936 (for whom he also organized). He made an appearance on some Billie Vacation information and his set up of “Loch Lomond” was a big strike for Maxine Sullivan. Although he documented as a innovator in 1937, it had been in 1940 that Thornhill come up with his personal orchestra. The music group, featuring long shades performed by horns that de-emphasized vibrato, experienced an unusual audio that occasionally followed the leader’s tinkling piano. The instrumentation included two French horns along with a tuba; occasionally all six from the reeds performed clarinets together. Although categorized by some like a sweet instead of swing music group (because the group performed a whole lot of ballads), using the addition in 1941 of Gil Evans among the arrangers, the recordings of Thornhill’s orchestra captivated a whole lot of interest within the jazz globe. Over time within the miliary (1942-1945), Thornhill come up with a fresh orchestra, keeping the solutions of Gil Evans (and occasionally using Gerry Mulligan graphs aswell) and offering such soloists as altoist Lee Konitz, clarinetist Danny Polo, and trumpeter Crimson Rodney. A few of Evans’ bop-ish plans for the group had been classic, as well as the Kilometers Davis non-et of 1948 was predicated on lots of the cool-toned concepts from the Thornhill big music group. However, at that time the pianist’s glory times had been over. He continuing leading rings on the part-time basis until his loss of life, but Claude Thornhill was mainly neglected and overlooked during his last 15 years.
|1||Pianist and orchestra leader.|
|2||Inducted into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame in 1984.|
|Sing Your Song||2011||Documentary writer: "Snowfall"|
|Grey's Anatomy||2009||TV Series writer - 1 episode|
|Columbia Thrills of Music 9952: Claude Thornhill and His Orchestra||1947||Short arranger: "Arabian Dance" / performer: "A Sunday Kind of Love", "Oh, You Beautiful Doll", "Arabian Dance"|
|America, I Love You||1942||Short performer: "America, I Love You"|
|The Big Broadcast of 1936||1935||Band Members: Piano (as Ray Noble and His Orchestra)|
|Cavalcade of Bands||1951||TV Series||Himself|
|Claude Thornhill & Orchestra||1950||Short||Himself - Orchestra Leader|
|Columbia Thrills of Music 9952: Claude Thornhill and His Orchestra||1947||Short||Himself, Orchestra Leader|
|America, I Love You||1942||Short||Himself / Bandleader|
|American Masters||1993||TV Series documentary||Himself|
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