"Swingin' the Blues - The Virtuosity of Eddie Durham" book released in 2021.
Eddie Durham, one of the most important Swing Era
composer/arrangers, was born in San Marcos, Texas, on
August 19, 1906. His father played the fiddle at square
dances, and his oldest brother, Joe, who played cello briefly
with Nat King Cole, took correspondence lessons and in
turn taught Eddie and his other brothers to read and notate
music. Joe Jr. also served as musical director for Teddy
Roosevelt's Rough Riders Cavalry Band during World War
I. Joe Jr., with his brothers Eddie, Earl, and Roosevelt,
formed the Durham Brothers Orchestra in the early 1920s.
The brothers were occasionally accompanied by their sister
Myrtle, a pianist