Eddie Duran

Eddie Duran was a long-standing member of the San Francisco jazz scene. He supported many local and visiting musicians with his delicious bop and classically-informed lead and rhythm guitar playing. At seven years old, he started playing piano. He switched to guitar at 12 and taught himself the basics after seven months. At 15 he began playing professionally and, starting in the mid-’40s he played with visiting musicians such as Charlie Parker, George Shearing and Red Norvo. However, his most notable work is on Fantasy recordings by Bay Area musicians such as Vince Guaraldi. He was a member of a trio session in 1956 and a Cal Tjader/Getz quartet in 1958. In 1963-1964, he also played in a Latin-tinged quintet or sextet. Duran was a leader of his own trio between 1960 and 1967. He also joined Benny Goodman’s orchestras in 1976 to 1981. Tania Maria recorded with Duran from 1980-1982. Duran finally moved to New York City in the late 1980s and formed a quartet there. Duran was also a licensed barber. Allmusic

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