Jazz celebration in San Marcos

Friday February 6 Texas State’s Hill Country Jazz Festival began with its annual celebration of old-time jazz legend Eddie Durham, a San Marcos native son. Once again, renowned jazz historian and NEA Jazz Master Dan Morgenstern came in from New York to talk about Eddie’s legacy and share stories of his life. Morgenstern was presented with a plaque by School of Music Director Thomas Clark, proclaiming Morgenstern the official “Distinguished Jazz Laureate” of the Texas State School of Music.

Count Basie Band saxophone star Doug Lawrence joined Texas State’s own jazz legend, drummer Butch Miles, leading an all-star professional big band playing Eddie Durham tunes and other jazz standards to an audience of about 500.

Standing from left: jazz faculty Steve Hawk, Russ Scanlon, Hank Hehmsoth, Butch Miles, guest Lawrence, guest Morgenstern, Keith Winking, Russell Haight, Paul Deemer Seated: Clark, jazz faculty Bennett Wood

Standing from left: jazz faculty Steve Hawk, Russ Scanlon, Hank Hehmsoth, Butch Miles, guest Lawrence, guest Morgenstern, Keith Winking, Russell Haight, Paul Deemer
Seated: Clark, jazz faculty Bennett Wood