June 8 – Mad & Eddie Duran at Seasons

March 24, 2013

Mad and Eddie DuranWhat: Mad & Eddie Duran Quartet
Where: Seasons of the Vineyard, 113 Plaza St.
Time: 4 – 6 pm | No cover

Eddie Duran has played guitar for Benny Goodman, Earl Hines, George Shearing, Pearl Bailey, Vince Guaraldi and Charlie Parker.  At 88 he’s achieved living-legend status in San Francisco,  which usually means retirement. But Duran still has things to show the world when it comes to bebop guitar playing.  It helps to have a musically talented younger spouse, too.

Madeleine “Mad” Duran,  a classically trained saxophonist and flautist, bumped into Eddie in 1984 while he was performing at the Cotati Jazz Festival. She wondered if she could play jazz, and he said, sure, if she worked hard enough.  It wasn’t too long before she started to swing, and Mad and Eddie got hitched.

CDs followed, including three tributes to Stan Getz and Joao Gilberto, Brazilian Passion, Samba Cocktail and That Bossa Nova Thing. Flying on these without a rhythm section,  Eddie creates one by himself via  effortless comping and a beautiful sense of harmony, and Mad throws in just enough tartness.

Their ticket is to always keep it fun. So while the music they play at Ferrari-Carano’s Seasons of the Vineyard may be vintage, it is sure to sound totally fresh.

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