Tag Archives: Eddie Durham

Jazz prof travels to NYC for NEA project

As project director of a 2018-2019 NEA grant, Hank Hehmsoth traveled to New York City in August 2018 to record interviews with NEA Jazz Master/historian Dan Morgenstern and his lifelong friends and other internationally recognized jazz historians. These included Loren Schoenberg, founder of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem and this year’s Eddie Durham Celebration keynote speaker, and Phil Schaap, Jazz radio broadcaster and Curator of Jazz at Lincoln Center.

As a major part of the NEA grant project, a website preservation project will be hosted by Texas State and is expected to be available to the public during summer 2019. It will include recordings of the annual Eddie Durham Celebration concerts with MP3s available for download, along with each year’s program PDFs, in addition to the videos.

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Texas State hosts Count Basie Orchestra

Thirty years of the Hill Country Jazz Festival hit a stunning milestone February 9 with a standing-room-only crowd of more than 1100 in Evans Auditorium to hear a performance by The Count Basie Orchestra. The concert opened with two numbers by our own Texas State Jazz Ensemble. The previous evening, an All-Star professional Big Band with featured guests Doug Lawrence and Loren Schoenberg made the 15th Eddie Durham Celebration an exciting kickoff to this year’s Hill Country Jazz Festival.

The Festival was founded by a visionary jazz educator, Texas State Professor Keith Winking. Over the years, the Festival and the Eddie Durham Celebration have become a unique, popular educational and cultural event unlike any other in the U.S.