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Texas State hosts Eddie Durham Jazz Celebration


The life of San Marcos native son and jazz musician Eddie Durham will be celebrated Friday at Texas State.


Texas State will host the Eddie Durham Jazz Celebration Friday with a lecture and a jazz concert at Evans Auditorium. The event is free and the public is welcome to attend.

Grammy award winning jazz historian Dan Morgenstern will give a lecture on the legacy of Eddie Durham’s work at 7 p.m.

Following the lecture, the celebration will feature an all star band with trumpeting great Mike Williams, tenor saxophonist Doug Lawrence of the Count Basie Band, legendary trumpeter Marvin Stamm and drummer Arthur Latin of Harry Connick Jr.’s band.

Eddie Durham was a native of San Marcos. His is credited with being a pioneer of amplified guitar, which directly influenced jazz guitar great Charlie Christian and has influenced the greater part of contemporary music. Durham worked with many famous swing era bands, including the Count Basie Band.

The event is presented by the Department of Jazz Studies in the Texas State School of Music with support from the Center for Texas Music History in the Department of History. The celebration is part of the Hill Country Jazz Festival.

For more information on Durham, visit www.EddieDurhamJazz.webs.com. More information on the event is available by calling (512) 245-2651.