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Thornhill, Claude

Gunther Schuller

in American National Biography Online

Published in print January 1999 |
Published online February 2000 | e-ISBN: 9780198606697 | DOI:

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Thornhill, Claude (10 August 1909–01 July 1965), pianist, composer, and bandleader, was born in Terre Haute, Indiana. Although Thornhill was initially trained in classical music, as a pianist and composer at the Cincinnati Conservatory in Ohio and Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute in Pennsylvania, he turned to jazz in his late teens. He worked as a band pianist with many dance and swing orchestras in the 1930s, including Hal Kemp, Leo Reisman, ...

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