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Ernie Durawa

Ernie Durawa is a drummer who has provided the back beat for the Texas Tornados,Delbert McClinton, and many others. He is also a much-in-demand jazz and show drummer who has played with the late great bassist..Gene Ramey, trumpeter Clark Terry and guitar masters Herb Ellis,Charlie Byrd ,Pat Martino, Jackie King and Larry Coryell.
Durawa began playing drums at the age of 10 in San Antonio. In high school he met Doug "Sir Douglas" Sahm and joined him on the rock and roll circuit. A few years later he discovered Gene Krupa and jazz and by the end of his high school days was an accomplished jazz musician.

During the late 60's he performed with John Lee Hooker, the Les Elgart Orchestra,
George Gobel,Myron Cohen, Jack Carter, Tiny Tim and Gatemouth Brown, among others.

Feeling a need to expand his musical skills and options,Durawa moved to Chicago in 1970 and began private studies with world famous drumset instructor, Roy C. Knapp. In addition to the formal training...he played at the Sears Tower,Drake Hotel and Playboy Club with Chicago's best Jazz musicians.

Durawa moved to Austin in 1975 and spent several years touring with Texas rhythm and blues artist, Delbert McClinton He was the beat behind Delbert's performances on Saturday Night Live, Austin City Limits and Solid Gold.

In 1983 Durawa teamed up with his old high school buddies, The Sir Douglas Quintet, for a string of European tours and recording projects.In 1990 he joined the Grammy Award -winning Texas Tornados for a nine-year stint of touring and recording.

Often described by critics and fans as a"no-nonsense, rock-steady drummer" who can play any kind of music, Durawa is currently leading his own group "Los Jazz Vatos, He also is a drumset instructor.He is a member of the The Texas All-Star Big Band that backs Johnny Nicholas..among many other projects such as The Austin Jazz Workshop that performs at more then 100 Elementary schools in the Austin area every year bringing jazz into the class room.

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