The Resource Oral history interview with Eddie Durham

Oral history interview with Eddie Durham

Label
Oral history interview with Eddie Durham, 1978 Aug. and Nov
Title
Oral history interview with Eddie Durham
Inclusive dates
1978 Aug. and Nov
Creator
Contributor
Interviewee
Interviewer
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Durham discusses his childhood in San Marcos,Texas and how his family played music together. He went on to discuss his musical career and his experiences playing with other musicians and bands
Biographical or historical data
Eddie Durham, one of the most important Swing Era composer-arrangers, was born in San Marcos, Texas, on August 19, 1906. He was the son of Luella Rabb and Joseph Durham, Sr. Eddie and his brothers formed the Durham Brothers Orchestra in the early 1920s. According to Eddie he began as a professional musician at age ten and at eighteen he was with the 101 Ranch Brass Band. In 1926 he joined a jazz group and toured the Southwest before joining the Blue Devils in 1928. He moved to New York in 1934. Durham's early training in music theory led to his work during the 1930s and 1940s as a jazz composer and arranger. He is credited with being the first person to record an amplified guitar when he was featured on the 1935 Jimmie Lunceford recording of Durham's arrangement of "Hittin' the Bottle". In the 1940s Durham organized his own band, directed an all girl orchestra, the International Sweethearts of Rhythm, and brought together a number of important Texas jazzmen from the Kansas City era. During the 1950s and 1960s he performed less but still worked as an arranger for various groups. He died in New York City on March 6, 1987. His hometown of San Marcos declared August 19th as "Eddie Durham Day" and in 2003 began an annual Eddie Durham Day Musical Tribute and Festival with the long-term goal to establish a Durham Family Archival Museum and Memorial Park.
Cataloging source
TXI
Date time place
Interview conducted by Stanley Dance for the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., August and Nov. 1978
Location of originals duplicates
Institute of Jazz Studies.
Label
Oral history interview with Eddie Durham
Instantiates
Note
The Smithsonian Institution initiated the Jazz Oral History Project in 1972 with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. In 1980, the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers University in Newark, New Jersey, became the administrator and repository of the 122 taped and transcribed interviews collected until the project's end in 1984
Control code
268957510
Dimensions
28 cm.
Extent
1 v. (264 leaves)
Immediate source of acquisition
Institute of Jazz Studies, Dana Library, Rutgers University;
Materials
Transcript :
Note
Library's copy 1 (SW Writers): Gift of Institute of Jazz Studies, Dana Library, Rutgers University, 2001 (Access. No. 2001-168). In container 33 cm.
Reproduction note
Photocopy.
System control number
(OCoLC)268957510
Label
Oral history interview with Eddie Durham
Note
The Smithsonian Institution initiated the Jazz Oral History Project in 1972 with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. In 1980, the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers University in Newark, New Jersey, became the administrator and repository of the 122 taped and transcribed interviews collected until the project's end in 1984
Control code
268957510
Dimensions
28 cm.
Extent
1 v. (264 leaves)
Immediate source of acquisition
Institute of Jazz Studies, Dana Library, Rutgers University;
Materials
Transcript :
Note
Library's copy 1 (SW Writers): Gift of Institute of Jazz Studies, Dana Library, Rutgers University, 2001 (Access. No. 2001-168). In container 33 cm.
Reproduction note
Photocopy.
System control number
(OCoLC)268957510

Library Locations

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