The Missing Slide


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The slide for Kai Windingís Green trombone was apparently missing for several years. It was most recently owned by me, and had been previously found in a closet at the home of Carl Fontana in 1999. Carl was an old friend of Kai Windingís and had been a member of Kaiís famous trombone quartet in the late1950ís

It was mid-1999. My dear friend and fellow trombonist Bill Hamilton spent a weekend visiting Carl Fontana at his home in Las Vegas. Bill and Carl were digging around in closets one day, looking for Carlís old horns and mouthpieces to try out when they came upon an old King trombone case that had Kai Windingís name tag and several stickers on it. Two King 2b trombone slides were inside. One had a green bow piece and the other was a standard slide with a brass bow. Carl recognized the green slide right away as having been Kai Windingís but could not recall how it had come into his possession. He also had completely forgotten that he even had it! Carl only knew that it had been Kaiís and he had either bought it, traded for it or Kai had simply given it to him.

At the time, Carl didnít have any bells that fit the slides and offered the set to Bill Hamilton for sale. Thatís where I came in. Bill happened to know that I had a beautiful old silver King 2B bell that needed a slide. Carl said, ďCall him. See if he wants it.Ē  So they called me. Sure, I was looking for a nice slide but I never expected anything like this! I was thrilled to buy the set from Carl knowing that he and Kai Winding had both owned them! At the time, when I asked Carl, the only thing he could tell me about the slide with the green bow is that Kai had it specially made for him by the King musical instrument company.

In retrospect, I seem to recall that Bill Hamilton floated some cash to Carl for me and sent me the case and slides. I reimbursed him a couple of weeks later, after I had tried them out. But however it happened, Carl was happy I liked the purchase and was satisfied that Kaiís slides and case had gone to a good home.  (Note: We were never sure if the second slide was originally Kaiís or not.)

It is my pleasure to help re-unite this slide with its original bell section. This custom trombone is truly an important and rare historic icon, not only to the brotherhood of trombonists everywhere, but also in the rich heritage of American and European jazz music.

Kai Winding was truly a giant in this heritage, impacting the music industry and the selective trombone world with equal dominance. His legacy as one of the most significant and influential musicians of the 20th century is certainly worthy of our respect, our admiration and our best efforts in the fervent cause for preservation of that heritage.

Chris Moncelli
March 6, 2005



 
 
 

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