Author. Music Publisher. Marketing. Paralegal
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Topsy M. Durham was born in Harlem and raised in Brooklyn, New York. A paralegal by
profession, she spent five years working on this labor of love, a comprehensive biography of her
father, the late jazz pioneer Eddie Durham. In 2004, she was granted Honorary Citizenship and
the Key to the City of San Marcos, Texas, Eddie’s birthplace. She emceed and co-produced the
second, third, and fourth outdoor Eddie Durham Music and Heritage Festivals in San Marcos. As
president of Swingin’ the Blues! Durham Music Publishing, she oversees many of Eddie’s
copyrights on such hits as “I Don’t Want To Set The World On Fire”, and “Topsy”. As an activist
in the jazz community, she has served on the Board of Directors of The International Women In
Jazz, The Harlem Swing Dance Society, and AmSong, Inc., a grassroots organization that
spearheaded the Copyright Term Extension Act of 1996. She co-produced and designed the
cover for several CDs by NewYorkBlues Hall of Famer Michael Powers, and, although she is not
a musician by trade, she played percussions on a few of the songs. Articles about her have
appeared in The New York Times, Just Jazz Magazine, and the Swedish publication, Jefferson
Blues Magazine. Visit DurhamJazz.com.
My Jazz Story
Author of: "Swingin' the Blues - The Virtuosity of EDDIE DURHAM" Volume 1 (1906-1940) on Amazon 2021.
All info: www.EddieDurhamJazz.com
June 2022 release: "Eddie Durham with The Harlem Blues & Jazz Band (1978-1987).
AMERICAN JAZZ and N.A.R.A.S. Hall of Famer: EDDIE DURHAM, Sr. See my "Musicians Pages".
Eddie Durham pioneered the Amplified Guitar, a "non-pressure performance technique" for
brass, arranged IN THE MOOD, composed TOPSY, I DON'T WANT TO SET THE WORLD ON FIRE, SWINGIN THE BLUES, BLUES IN THE
GROOVE, many more.
"Of the major groups active during the Swing
Era, only the orchestras of Duke Ellington and Earl Hines were unaffected directly
by the talents of Eddie Durham." Professor Dave Oliphant
Author is a former Board Member of seminal, grassroots organization AmSong, Inc. who
spearheaded the SONNY BONO COPYRIGHT TERM EXTENSION ACT (1996) - signed
by President William Clinton.
-Member and former Board Member of The International Women In Jazz (IWJ).
-Member of The Harlem Swing Dance Society.
-President of Durham Music Publishing, Inc.
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