Eddie Durham

Guitar, Trombone

Date of Birth:  August 19, 1906  San Marcos, TX

Date of Death:  March 6, 1987    New York, NY

Place of Burial:  George Washington Memorial Park

                          234 Paramus Road

                          Paramus, NJ 07652

Has Marker:  Unknown

Grave Location:  Unknown


Moten's Swing / I Want A little Girl, Decca (18126)

Fare Thee Honey, Fare Thee well / Magic Carpet, Decca (8529)

Eddie Durham, RCA Victor ‎(LPL1 5029)

Blue Bone, JSP (JSPCD881)

As accompanist/group member:

Kansas City Five, I Know That You Know / Laughing At Life, Commodore (510)

Kansas City 5, Kansas City 6 & Kansas City 7 1938-1944, Classics, (CLASSICS 912)

Lester Young, Buck Clayton, Eddie Durham, Freddie Green, Walter Page, Jo Jones, Kansas City Six And Five 1938, Commodore

     Classics ‎(6.24057 AG)

Illinois Jacquet, Eddie Cleanhead Vinson, Eddie Durham, Swing's The Thing, JSP Records (1078)

Classic 1936-1947 Count Basie And Lester Young Studio Sessions, Mosaic Records (MD8-263)


Alexander, Charles. Masters of Jazz Guitar. London: Balafon Book, 1999.

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Basie, Count with Albert Murray. Good Morning Blues. New York: Da Capo Press, 1985.

Berendt, Joachim-Ernst and Gunther Huesmann. The Jazz Book: From Ragtime to the 21st Century. Chicago: Lawrence Hill Books, 2009 (7th


Büchmann-Møller, Frank. You Just Fight For Your Life: The Story of Lester Young. New York: Praeger, 1990.

Clayton, Lawrence and Joe W. Specht. The Roots of Texas Music. College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 2003.

Corcoran, Michael. All Over the Map – True Heroes of Texas Music. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2005.

Dahl, Linda. Stormy Weather: The Music and Lives of A Century of Jazzwomen. New York: Limelight Editions, 1984.

Dance, Stanley. The World of Count Basie. New York: Da Capo Press, 1980.

Daniels, Douglas Henry. One O’clock Jump: The Unforgettable History of the Oklahoma City Blues Devils. Boston: Beacon Press, 2006.

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     genius-in-the-shadows-eddie-durham-by-jim-gerard.php. Accessed May 12, 2018.

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______. The Early Years Of Rhythm & Blues. Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publishing Limited, 2004.

______. Texas Blues: The Rise of a Contemporary Sound. College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 2008.

­­­______ and Jay Brakefield. Deep Ellum: The Other Side of Dallas. College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 2013.

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______. The Early Swing Era 1930 to 1941. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2002.

______. Jazz Mavericks of the Lone Star State. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2007.

Oliver, Paul. The Story of The Blues. Boston: Northeastern University Press, 1997.

Price, Sammy. What Do They Want? A Jazz Biography. Oxford, England: Bayou Press Limited, 1989.

Russell, Ross. Bird Lives!: The High Life And Hard Times of Charlie (Yardbird) Parker. New York: Da Capo Press, 1996.

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Santelli, Robert. The Big Book Of Blues. New York: Penguin Books, 2001 (revised).

Schuller, Gunther. The Swing Era: The Development of Jazz, 1930-1945. New York: Oxford University Press, 1989.

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Wilson, John S. “Eddie Durham, Trombonist,” The New York Times, March 7, 1987, p. 33. 

     https://www.nytimes.com/1987/03/07/obituaries/eddie-durham-trombonist.html. Accessed May 18, 2018.

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Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Eddie Durham (instrumentalist : guitar),"

     https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/index.php/talent/detail/42955/Durham_Eddie_instrumentalist_guitar. Accessed January 25, 2019


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