[JPL] Manny Duran June 11, 1926 ­ October 30, 2006

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Obituary for Manny Duran
 June 11, 1926 ­ October 30, 2006
 
 
 
Manny Duran, trumpet and flugelhorn player died on October 30th at 2:30pm at
Lenox Hill Hospital in NYC after complications from a recent procedure.  He
was 80 years old.
 
Born in 1926 in Alamagordo, New Mexico, Manny started his life-long love
affair with the trumpet when he was ten, playing in the Mariachi bands of
the southwest.  It wasn¹t long before he heard Louis Armstrong¹s music and
found his true calling.  Jazz.
 
He worked on the West Coast for a while and then made the move to the Big
Apple in 1956.  He played at the legendary Café Bohemia for a year, sitting
in with most all of the prestigious combos that played there.
 
By the 1960¹s, he was the in the improvising chair for the top Latin Jazz
bands beginning with the Puerto Rican musical giant Noro Morales. This was
followed by gigs and recordings with Ray Barretto, Willie Bobo, Mario Bauza
and the Afro Cuban Jazz Orchestra, Mongo Santamaria, the Conjunto 66 of
Vladimir Vasilieff and nearly ten years with Machito.
 
However he never lost his love for the music of Dizzy Gillespie, Fats
Navarro and Kenny Dorham.  In the early 1980¹s he formed a straight-ahead
bebop band with singer Carla White. They were a fixture on the NY jazz scene
for five years playing all the top clubs. After recording one album together
called ³Andruline², they decided to break up the band in 1985.
 
Manny continued on as a leader of his own bands, in both the bebop and latin
idioms.  He also ran the late night jam sessions at the Blue Note for many
years. The past several years he led the Saturday night jam at Cleopatra¹s
Needle, in addition to his regular Tuesday night gig at BB King¹s with his
Afro Bop band.
 
Manny will be remembered not only for his peerless skill as a melodic
improviser, but also for his kindness, encouragement and generosity of
spirit to all musicians he played with over the past half a century in New
York City.  He will be deeply missed by all the people and musicians whose
lives he touched with his love of life and music.
 
There will be a memorial service celebrating his life.  The date TBA.
 
He is survived by three brothers, a sister and a daughter.
 
 
 
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