On Wednesday from 6PM-9PM (NY) Phil Schaap will host on Columbia University's WKCR-FM 89.9 radio, also available on your computer or i-phone at http://www.columbia.edu/cu/wkcr/
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- for the annual EDDIE DURHAM 103rd BIRTHDAY ANNIVERSARY BROADCAST...(b TX8/19/06 d NY3/7/87)
It will no doubt be quite interesting this year, tying in the incredible Les Paul legacy. Eddie Durham gave a couple guitar lessons to Charlie Christian and Floyd "guitar" Smith, was mentored by Art Tatum and Jesse Stone, was the first to RECORD amplified guitar in 1935 on "Hittin The Bottle" (Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra), obviously on his own contraption (which was NOT trademarked as Les Paul's was), Durham was ALSO the first to RECORD on electric guitar in 1936 on THE KANSAS CITY SESSIONS, produced by John Hammond AND was the first to RECORD "single-line guitar solos" with The Bennie Moten Orchestra 1929-1932. Does anyone have eariler RECORDINGS? Many claim to, but none have surfaced - I'm still awaiting...
Durham also IS the Arranger of Glenn Miller's 1938 infamous Bluebird Recording of "IN THE MOOD" many more fascinating TRUE facts will be detailed by Phil, once again... like Eddie Durham co-wrote and scored the original Count Basie compositions, some of which were re-arrangements of compositions he wrote for earlier Orchestras, before Durham brought Basie into the Bennie Moten Orchestra! It gets better... EDDIE DURHAM also revolutionized TROMBONE and the "non-pressure" technique! So don't miss the broadcast.
So hear it from Dr. Phil Schaap, curator of "Jazz at Lincoln Center" on Wednesday eve, 6PM(NY) - he will not miss the details!
Your comments on the broadcast are welcome!
See the photo of the CIRCUS Eddie Durham learned how to arrange SIX-PART HARMONY in, in the late 1920's.... and more photos: http://s186.photobucket.com/albums/x246/TopsyDurham/DURHAMJAZZ%20We...