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Glen Gray - 100% match to Claude Thornhill

Genres: Big Band & Swing Jazz
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Casa Loma Orchestra - 93% match to Claude Thornhill

Genres: Big Band & Swing Jazz
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s
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Canadian tycoon Sir Henry Pellatt had delusions of grandeur similar to those exhibited by William Randolph Hearst. Pellatt’s equivalent to Hearst’s castle at San Simeon was Casa Loma, a house he built near Toronto. In 1929 a group of musicians, originally controlled by contractor Jean Goldkette and working as the Orange Blossoms, mainly in Canada, decided to strike ou Read more

Les Brown - 69% match to Claude Thornhill

Genres: Big Band & Swing Jazz Vocals
Decades Active: 1940s 1950s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Lester Raymond Brown, 14 March 1912, Reinerton, Pennsylvania, USA, d. 4 January 2001, Los Angeles, California, USA. By 1932, when he entered Duke University at Durham, North Carolina, Brown had already attended Ithaca College and the New York Military Academy and had studied harmony, arranging and composing, as well as becoming proficient on soprano saxophone, clarinet and b Read more

Don Redman - 60% match to Claude Thornhill

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Donald Matthew Redman, 29 July 1900, Piedmont, West Virginia, USA, d. 30 November 1964, New York City, New York, USA. A gifted child, alto saxophonist Redman studied extensively and by his graduation had mastered most of the wind instruments and was also adept at arranging. He then joined a territory band based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with whom he visited New York. This Read more

Tony Pastor - 54% match to Claude Thornhill

Genres: Big Band & Swing Vocals
Decades Active: 1940s 1990s 2000s
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26 October 1907, Middletown, Connecticut, USA, d. 31 October 1969, Old Lyme, Connecticut, USA. As a teenager Pastor played tenor saxophone in a number of east coast-based bands, sometimes with Artie Shaw who was a neighbour. Pastor tried a hand at band leading in the early 30s but with limited success. In the middle of the decade he joined Shaw’s band, became one of its Read more

Frankie Trumbauer - 43% match to Claude Thornhill

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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30 May 1901, Carbondale, Illinois, USA, d. 11 June 1956, Kansas City, Missouri, USA. As a teenager Trumbauer played various instruments, including piano and trombone, before concentrating on the ‘C’ melody saxophone. He began leading a band while still in his teens and after military service in World War I played with several Midwestern dance bands. In the mid-20s Read more

The Cats & The Fiddle - 43% match to Claude Thornhill

Genres: Jazz Vocals
Decades Active: 2000s
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This African-American vocal/instrumental group from Chicago, Illinois, USA, featured original members Austin Powell (lead vocals, guitar), Jimmy Henderson (first tenor, tipple), Ernie Price (second tenor, tipple) and Chuck Barksdale (bass vocals, bass). The Cats And The Fiddle were one of the finest representatives of the string band/vocal harmony ensembles that were common in Read more

Bennie Moten - 35% match to Claude Thornhill

Genres: Big Band & Swing Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Benjamin Moten, 13 November 1894, Kansas City, Missouri, USA, d. 2 April 1935, Kansas City, Missouri, USA. In his youth, Moten gained a substantial reputation in and around his home town as a pianist; by 1920 he had become an established and respected band leader. His unit, originally a small outfit, gradually expanded until it was a big band ready to take advantage of the u Read more

Freddy Martin - 33% match to Claude Thornhill

Genres: Big Band & Swing Jazz Vocals
Decades Active: 1940s 1950s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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9 December 1906, Cleveland, Ohio, USA, d. 30 September 1983. After starting out on drums and C-melody saxophone, Martin switched to playing tenor saxophone. He led his own band while still at high school, then became a sideman in various local bands. After a few years, he began attracting attention for his smooth and competent musicianship. Guy Lombardo and his brothers hear Read more

Will Bradley - 33% match to Claude Thornhill

Genres: Big Band & Swing Jazz
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Wilbur Schwichtenberg, 12 July 1912, Newton, New Jersey, USA, d. 15 July 1989, Flemington, New Jersey, USA. Bradley played trombone with various bands in New York in the late 20s and at the beginning of the next decade established the working pattern for his whole career, combining studio work with playing in name bands. In the early 30s he recorded with Red Nichols and in 1 Read more

Edmond Hall - 31% match to Claude Thornhill

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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15 May 1901, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, d. 11 February 1967, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Hall was born into a highly musical family: his father played clarinet and four of his brothers became professional musicians, mostly on reed instruments, the best known of these being clarinettist Herb Hall. After playing clarinet in his home-town with Buddy Petit, Lee Collins, Kid Th Read more

Helen O'Connell - 26% match to Claude Thornhill

Genres: Big Band & Swing Easy Listening Vocals
Decades Active: 1940s
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Hot Lips Page - 26% match to Claude Thornhill

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Oran Thaddeus Page, 27 January 1908, Dallas, Texas, USA, d. 5 November 1954, New York City, New York, USA. In the 20s Page played trumpet mostly in his home state but also toured in bands accompanying some of the best of the day’s blues singers, among them Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith and Ida Cox. Towards the end of the 20s Page joined Walter Page’s Blue Devils, a band Read more

Martha Tilton - 26% match to Claude Thornhill

Genres: Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 2000s
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14 November 1915, Corpus Christi, Texas, USA, d. 8 December 2006, Brentwood, California, USA. ‘The Liltin’ Miss Tilton’, as she was often introduced by radio announcers, spent much of her early life in and around Los Angeles, appearing on local radio during the mid-30s. She sang with various bands including Jimmy Dorsey in 1936, then appeared with a vocal grou Read more

Wingy Manone - 26% match to Claude Thornhill

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Joseph Matthews Manone, 13 February 1900, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, d. 9 July 1982, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. Manone lost his right arm in a road accident while still a child, but took up trumpet playing, turning professional in his mid-teens. The 20s were hectic times for Manone. He worked with many riverboat and territory bands, visited St. Louis where he made his first r Read more


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