Carrying his rural southwestern blues influences with him from San Marcos, Texas, Eddie would become a leading architect of the Kansas City swing jazz sound in the 1920s and 30s.


As a trombonist, guitarist, writer and arranger, he helped to author the signature sounds of Count Basie, Benny Moten, Jimmie Lunceford and Glenn Miller, while his pioneering work with amplified and electric guitars would usher in the rock 'n roll of today.

now airing on pbs stations nationwide

The film is produced by WVIA in Northeastern PA, and will air on WVIA TV on the following dates:
Thursday, April 4th 9pm
Friday, April 5th 2pm
Wednesday, April 24th 3pm
Thursday, April 25th 7pm
Friday, April 26th 4pm

Wham-Re-Bop-Boom-Bam: The Swing Jazz of Eddie Durham will be available to PBS stations through American Public Television distribution.
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Producer and Musical Director

Loren schoenberg

Loren Schoenberg is a senior scholar of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem, on the faculty at Juilliard and has taught at Manhattan School of Music and the New School. Schoenberg has lectured at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the White House, the New York Philharmonic, Stanford University, and the Aspen Institute. Schoenberg, a tenor saxophonist/pianist, has played and recorded with Benny Carter, Benny Goodman, Jimmy Heath, Eddie Durham, Marian McPartland, Clark Terry, John Lewis, Christian McBride, and Buck Clayton, and he was musical director for Bobby Short from 1997 to 2005. He also received two Grammy awards for best album notes, in 1994 and 2004. Schoenberg has been published widely (including in The New York Times), and his book, The NPR Guide to Jazz, was released in 2003. In 2001, he led the effort to establish the National Jazz Museum in Harlem and served for more than a decade as its executive director, creating many of its signal programs and enlisting Christian McBride, Jonathan Batiste, Ken Burns, and Wynton Marsalis to help further the museum’s mission.

Consulting Producer

Andrew j. sordoni III


Kris hendrickson

Kris Hendrickson earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from the University of Scranton and has worked as a director, producer, editor and graphic designer for both commercial and public media stations. He has worked in the field of live broadcasting since 1990, directing news programs, live performances, entertainment programs and cultural programs. Since 1999, Kris has been part of the production and creative team at WVIA, the PBS affiliate in Northeastern and Central Pennsylvania. He is a two-time Mid-Atlantic Regional Emmy winner, an eleven-time Emmy nominee, and the recipient of six awards from the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters. Some of Kris’ work as director, producer and editor include the award winning WVIA series You’re The Chef, distributed nationally through The National Educational Television Association, and documentaries such as Remembering the Sirens and Wham-Re-Bop-Boom-Bam: The Swing Jazz of Eddie Durham, distributed nationally. Kris is also a director and frequent content contributor to WVIA’s Keystone Edition series, as well as the Emmy-winning WVIA digital series VIA Short Takes.

Executive Producer

Ben Payavis II

About the film

Through the testimonials of family, friends and devoted fellow musicians of all ages, Wham-Re-Bop-Boom-Bam: The Swing Jazz of Eddie Durham follows the musical journey of this often overlooked, but totally unique, musical genius.

Educational Curriculum based upon the film is available through PBS Learning Media.

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