Eddie Durham, the son of San Marcos and renowned jazz composer, arranger and performer, was celebrated in New York on 19 August. Eddie Durham's 113th birthday broadcast was hosted by Phil Gramm, a Grammy-winning jazz fan, and aired on KCR FM at Columbia University from 12:00 to 15:00. EUROPEAN SUMMER TIME.
Schaap describes Durham as "the most overlooked musical genius of the twentieth century" and does his part to educate the public about his heritage – including annual birthday greetings. This year, Schaap's show featured original recordings of the '78s and some early recordings of Durham with the Bennie Moten Kansas City Orchestra.
Durham was born on August 19, 1906 in San Marcos in a family of musicians. He played both trombone and guitar, arranged the entire early repertoire of the Count Basie Orchestra and composed a lot of it. He composed classic blues like "Sent For You Yesterday" and "Good Morning Blues". He is the father of the electric guitar and arranged "In The Mood" for Glenn Miller.
The Calaboose African American History Museum will be bringing the celebration home with it's 4th annual Eddie Durham Jazz Festival on Saturday at Eddie Durham Park, 205 MLK Drive.
The festivities begin at 16.00. at Cephas House with a lyrics workshop by local lyricist / performer Faylita Hicks.
At 5 pm, also at Cephas House, local artists Lydia Gantert and Richard Samuel will conduct a participatory mixed media art workshop inspired by the abstract expression of jazz music, and Diana Garcia will promote art guitars activity for children.
The music in the park starts at 6 pm. with the Jerry Espinoza Tri; BluMoon continues at 19 o'clock. The San Marcos Jazz Collective will close the event from 8pm. The San Marcos Jazz Collective, coordinated by Nathan Rolfe, Jazz Band Instructor at SMHS, will be the big band sound of Eddie Durham's music genre with 18 or more musicians from the SMHS Jazz Band, the Texas State Jazz Studies Program, current students and musicians represent graduates and are supported by outstanding guest pianists, Morris Nelms.
The program is free and open to all ages. The community is invited to bring picnics, blankets and chairs, but do not bring styrofoam, glass containers or cigarettes.
The Eddie Durham Festival is sponsored by the Calaboose African American History Museum and supported by the San Marcos Arts Commission.