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Eddie Duran

Eddie Duran was born 75 years ago in San Francisco into a musical family of Mexican heritage. “Our parents loved music and never objected to our following a musical career,” he says. Django Reinhardt was Eddie’s first inspiration, followed by Charlie Christian " “He was the big one for electric guitar in a jazz band” " Barney Kessel, Jimmy Raney and Tal Farlow, who like Eddie, were known for their bright swinging melodicism.

Although he did take a year of lessons, Eddie considers himself and “ear player.” “Music is this spiritual and intangible thing, and you’ve got to feel it coming out of you.” He was a professional at the age of 15, and in the heyday of the San Francisco bebop scene, he played and recorded with such Fantasy stars as Vince Guaraldi, Red Norvo, and Cal Tjader, as well as with Charlie Parker, Stan Getz George Shearing, Earl “Fatha” Hines, Benny Goodman, Pearl Bailey and Barbara Streisand. In the 1980s Eddie recorded three albums as a leader for Concord Jazz Records, two of them nominated for Grammy Awards.

Eddie’s first wife died in 1977. His children were all grown, and his music was his life when, seven years later he met Mad while he was playing at the Cotati Jazz Festival north of San Francisco.

Madaline grew up in Belmont, south of San Francisco, and began playing clarinet when she was ten. “I heard a neighbor playing one and I liked the sound.” While her parents were convinced it was another of Mad’s consuming interests that would soon wane, the clarinet became her obsession. In junior high she added alto saxophone, and tenor in high school. During her senior year she was selected as a member of the Monterey Jazz Festival’s High School All Star Band. “At that point I was a classical player and hadn’t thought of jazz,” she admits. “I was out of my element, but the festival was so exciting, just to be around such greats as Oliver Nelson, John Lewis and Clark Terry.”

From that point jazz was a part of her musical life. She earned her degree in classical music at the University of Miami, but throughout she also played in the college big band and jazz ensembles. Out of college she landed not a musical but a restaurant job, then started a successful wine country catering business, “which is a lot like being a freelance musician.” But at the age of 28, with 18 years devoted to music, she was at a career crossroads and food seemed to have the upper hand. Meeting Eddie at the Cotati Jazz Festival provided the catalyst to choose music. They quickly established a personal and professional partnership, with Mad sitting in at Eddie’s San Francisco area gigs, playing sax and flute, and through his tutoring and encouragement, later becoming a full musical partner with Eddie. Herb Caen wrote in his San Francisco Chronicle column, “Mad Duran is just what jazz needs " soul, swing and a breath of femininity.”

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Eddie Duran: Jazz Guitarist

Eddie Duran: Jazz Guitarist

Source: JazzWax by Marc Myers

Guitarist Eddie Duran was best known as a member of vibraphonist Cal Tjader's groups from 1954 forward and in pianist Vince Guaraldi's ensembles from 1962 onward. What all three musicians had in common was a San Francisco upbringing and marvelous musical taste. Unlike Tjader, Guaraldi and Dave Brubeck, another Bay Area native, Duran preferred to work as a sideman. A licensed barber, he also liked to stick around the Bay Area, accompanying many jazz artists who passed through the city. ...


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Weekend Extra: Eddie Duran

Weekend Extra: Eddie Duran

Source: Rifftides by Doug Ramsey

In 1980 when Benny Goodman appeared at the Aurex Jazz Festival in Tokyo, he called on Eddie Duran to solo on Duke Ellington’s “Prelude to a Kiss.” The video allows us an opportunity—far too rare—to see and hear the elegance of a guitarist whose vast experience includes playing with Charlie Parker, Cal Tjader, Stan Getz, Vince Guaraldi, Red Norvo and Earl Hines and George Shearing. Yet, Duran (born in 1925) spent most of his career in and around his native ...



Jazz Heritage Center - Sunday Feb. 24th, 2PM to 5PM - "Living Legends" Free Concert

Jazz Heritage Center - Sunday Feb. 24th, 2PM to 5PM - "Living Legends" Free Concert

Source: RioVida Networks

Rebirth of the Cool! You are cordially invited to the Jazz Heritage Center for our “Living Legends" first concert of this year. Our first “Living Legends" 2008 concert is possible thanks to the collaboration between the Jazz Heritage Center and Wells Fargo, who are jazzing up the Fillmore. Sunday Concert, February 24, 2008, 2PM to 5PM “Living Legends" Eddie Duran, Guitar John Handy, Sax Frank Jackson, Piano & Vocals Al Obidinski, Bass ...



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