Eddie Preston: Texas Trumpeter Fallen Through the Cracks
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Identifying a jazz musician's place of birth has interested me ever since my parents gave me a copy of Leonard Feather's 1962 The New Edition of The Encyclopedia of Jazz. Some thirty years later it became essential for me to know which musicians hailed from my home state of Texas, once I had taken on the task of writing about Texans in jazz history. As a result of this quest for knowledge, I discovered, among other things, that guitarist, trombonist, and composer-arranger Eddie Durham was born and raised in San Marcos, home to Texas State University.