Eddie Durham Tribute Concert / by Beth Beauchamp

One of my favorite events of the year is the Eddie Durham Tribute Concert, put together by Dr. Keith Winking at Texas State University in San Marcos. Leading the band as always is the totally swinging lead tenor of the Count Basie Orchestra – the great Doug Lawrence. Also returning is NEA Jazz Master Dan Morgenstern, who is without a doubt one of the greatest jazz journalist sand historians in the world. He will speak on Eddie Durham’s crucial role in the development of the Bennie Moten/Count Basie Orchestra. Looking forward to get extra “story time” with Dan, who I am bringing up to UT-Austin as guest speaker for my Jazz Perspectives graduate seminar. His knowledge and first-hand experience with the greatest names in jazz history is amazing and endless.