Eddie Durham

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Eddie Durham
Born (1906-08-19)August 19, 1906
San Marcos, Texas
Died March 6, 1987(1987-03-06)
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Musician, composer, arranger
Instruments Guitar
Years active 1920s–1980s
Labels RCA
Associated acts Walter Page, Benny Moten, Jimmie Lunceford, Count Basie
Notable instruments
Gibson ES-150

Eddie Durham (19 August 1906 – 6 March 1987) was an American musician who pioneered the use of the electric guitar in jazz. He was a guitarist, trombonist, composer, and arranger for the orchestras of Benny Moten, Jimmie Lunceford, and Count Basie. With Edgar Battle, he composed "Topsy", first recorded by Count Basie and a hit for Benny Goodman.

Selected discography[edit]

As leader[edit]

  • Eddie Durham (RCA, 1973–1974)
  • Blue Bone (JSP, 1981)

As sideman[edit]

Selected arrangements[edit]

  • Benny Moten: "Moten Swing" (Victor, 1932)
  • Jimmie Lunceford: "Avalon" (Decca, 1935)
    • "Hittin' the Bottle" (Decca, 1935)
    • "Harlem Shout" (Decca, 1936)
    • "Lunceford Special" (Vocalion, 1935)
  • Count Basie: "Time Out" (Decca, 1937)
    • "Topsy" (Decca, 1937)
    • "Swinging the Blues" (Decca, 1938)
    • "Jumpin' at the Woodside" (Decca, 1938)[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Vacher, Peter (2002). Kernfeld, Barry, ed. The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz. 1 (2nd ed.). New York: Grove's Dictionaries Inc. p. 674. ISBN 1-56159-284-6. 

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