Eddie Durham

Eduard Eddie Durham (19 August 1906 – 6 March 1987) was an American jazz guitarist, trombonist, composer and musical arranger. Durham born in San Marcos, Texas is probably best known for his work with musicians like Cab Calloway, Willie Bryant, Andy Kirk, Glenn Miller, Jimmie Lunceford and Count Basie, among others. He is the co-composer (with Edgar Battle) of the tune Topsy, recorded by the Count Basie Orchestra and later by many others. He also was the arranger for Glenn Miller's In the Mood. He is also credited for recording the world's first jazz electric guitar solo with a Gibson ES-150 guitar in 1938 on Lester Young's Kansas City Five sessions. Other electric guitars had been recorded that year by other players, including George Barnes with Big Bill Broonzy. Eddie Durham, a somewhat forgotten name in jazz history, was the first important jazz soloist to be featured on electric guitar (in 1938 with the Kansas City Five), predating Charlie Christian by a year. He also played trombone throughout most of his career and was quite significant as a swing-era arranger, too. He started playing guitar and trombone with six siblings in the Durham Brothers band. Durham toured in some territory bands in the Midwest, was with Walter Page's Blue Devils, and then worked with Bennie Moten (1929-1933) with whom he made his recording debut. After moving to New York in 1934, Durham worked as an arranger with Willie Bryant and then played with Jimmie Lunceford (1935-1937) and Count Basie...

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