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Claude Thornhill (Terre Haute, Indiana, August 10, 1908 – July 1, 1965, Caldwell, New Jersey) was an American pianist, arranger, composer, and bandleader. He composed the jazz and pop standards "Snowfall" and "I Wish I Had You", the last recorded by Billie Holliday.

As a youth, he was recognized as an extraordinary talent and formed a traveling duo with Danny Polo, a musical prodigy on the clarinet and trumpet from nearby Clinton, Indiana. As a student at Garfield High School in… read more

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  • Hello to fellow fans. I live in Terre Haute Indiana where Claude's from. They just put on a concert in his honor to celebrate what would have been his one hundreth birthday. A pretty fun night. I didn't know we had such a talented homegrown talent until a couple of weeks ago. Of course I'm still somewhat new to apprecitating jazz, but I'm quickly finding more and more that I like. I was somewhat miffed at the concert that they didn't play more than six or seven of his songs of the twenty six that they played. But I have to agree with some of the other people here, his compositions were pretty unique. And they definitely stood apart from the rest of the night's set list. The set list was obviously stuffed with the standards of his day. Although I hadn't heard them performed live before either so that was also interesting. Yeah Americans aren't out clabbering for a lot live big band music these days. Cheers!
  • I must be... in love? Yes, in love! Oh, what a wonderful feeling it is... to fall in love. Again and again...
  • Arab Dance is a seriously complex piece of music.
  • The Thornhill band's arrangements were superb. I can't imagine the dancers he was playing to would have appreciated them, but we can identify the artistry which went into this music.
  • Agreed! I must acquire.
  • Criminally Underappreciated.

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