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January 26th, 2012
Eddie Durham Jazz Festival celebrated in San Marcos

Eddie Durham


Texas State University will host the Eddie Durham Jazz Celebration Feb. 3 at 7:30 p.m. in Evans Auditorium. The event is free and open to the general public.

Dan Morgenstern, world renowned jazz historian, will present a lecture on Eddie Durham’s achievements and legacy during the Eddie Durham Jazz Celebration.

The celebration will also feature guest artists including tenor saxophonist Doug Lawrence of the Count Basie Orchestra and legendary bassist and Guggenheim Fellow Rufus Reid. Texas State student musicians will also perform during the event.

Durham, a native of San Marcos, is widely credited with being a pioneer of amplified guitar–influencing fellow Texan Charlie Christian, who became one of the most important guitarists in jazz history. Durham worked with iconic swing era bands including Count Basie’s early groups.

The Feb. 3 event, part of the Hill Country Jazz Festival, 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.

For more information, visit or call (512) 245-2651.

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