Loren Schoenberg & Kris Hendrickson

About This Episode

The episode of The Chiaroscuro Jazz Podcast discusses a new documentary titled “Wham Re-Bop Boom Bam! The Swing Jazz of Eddie Durham.” The documentary sheds light on Eddie Durham, a multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger, and influential but lesser-known figure in jazz. Born in Texas, Durham played a crucial role in the Kansas City jazz scene, working with Benny Moten, Walter Page, Count Basie, and others. He was a pioneer in the development of the electric guitar and served as the musical director for the International Sweethearts of Rhythm.

The podcast features an interview with Loren Schoenberg, the film’s musical director, who performed with Eddie Durham and is a senior scholar at the National Jazz Museum. Kris Hendrickson, the documentary filmmaker, provides insights into Eddie Durham’s background, upbringing near the Texas-Mexico border, and his diverse musical experiences, including playing in circuses and minstrel troupes. Eddie’s natural talent for music led him to explore various instruments and experiment with early electric guitar amplification.

About The Chiaroscuro Podcast

Chiaroscuro Director of Artistry & Repertoire George Graham produces and hosts The Chiaroscuro Podcast. Explore the works of other Chiaroscuro performers in our Artists Section. Check out other episodes of the Chiaroscuro Podcast here