The Blanton Museum of Art
"...If you're going to hang a tag on the able shoulders of Ernesto "Ernie" Durawa, that would be the one. For almost 50 years, playing in absolutely every conceivable configuration, Durawa has put muscle to music in such a way to make his fellow players swing and shine...."
"...In the corner formed by red velvet drapes and the front window, Ernie Durawa sits behind his drum kit, Pro-Mark drumsticks in hand. The burly Matt Smith strums his guitar as Brian Mitchell sets the volume on his electric piano..."
"...The way Austinite and Texas Tornado drummer Ernie Durawa recollects, "All of us Chicanos from the Westside spent our time on the Eastside, because it was the black part of town, and everyone wanted to be in Spot Barnett's band. He was the king of the Eastside, one of our mentors..."
"...And who couldn't use a little healing in these dark days?Latino Before Latino Was Cool You might expect a crotchety response from an "old school" Latino musician like Ernie Durawa about all the fuss over the young bloods. On the contrary, Durawa is glad to see "these boys" get their due..."
"...In 2000, Chadbourne paid tribute to Austin's country music legacy with Texas Sessions, a diverse interpretation of compositions by Doug Sahm, Willie Nelson, and Ernest Tubb, among others, that featured Daniels, pedal steel maven Susan Alcorn, and trombonist David Dove. At the invitation of Sir Douglas Quintet and Texas Tornados drummer Ernie Durawa, he returned two years later to record Texas Sessions: Chapter Two, revamping Sahm's already wild style with his own explorations, while Durawa and Speedy Sparks rocked Chadbourne's lo-fi unravelings with a hefty Texas rhythm section...."
"..."It was awful, man," recalls Ernie Durawa, who began playing with Doug Sahm in 1957 while the two were still teenagers in San Antonio and later settled onto the drum stool with the all-star Texas Tornados in '89. "I don't even know how I drove to the studio that night."..."
"...Los Jazz Vatos(Vague Ideas) There doesn't seem to be much that drummer Ernie Durawa hasn't done in a prolific musical career that dates back to the late Fifties. While he's never found a beat he couldn't groove to, Durawa has always held a special passion for jazz, one that's been actualized in recent years through his creation of Los Jazz Vatos..."
"...Blues are jumpin’ and the talent’s high. Saturday tag teams a Doug Sahm moment in reuniting Texas Tornadoes Augie Meyers and Ernie Durawa, plus the Westside Horns and Jack Barber, at 6:30pm and as encored at 10pm by the NOLA twofer of shredder Walter “Wolfman” Washington and the New Breed Brass Band..."
"...Stevie and Jimmie playing together. Doug Sahm!! Clifford Antone!! The night Doug Sahm died, ending up with Ernie Durawa and Margaret talking about Doug with Larry Monroe at KUT..."
"...The club has also benefited from the addition of Brad First, who started out booking Club Foot 20 years ago and has brought a very contemporary sensibility to a genre always in danger of being marginalized. It's the ever-vital injection of young blood that makes the old blood sound so good, like watching Shandon Sahm play alongside his dad's sidemen and contemporaries Arthur "Sauce" Gonzalez, Ernie Durawa, Randy Garibay, Spot Barnett, Jack Barber, and Rocky Morales..."
"...Next Monday, 14 years to the day after Sahm’s sudden death at the age of 58 on November 18, 1999, he’ll be the topic of a panel discussion at the Cactus Cafe. Moderated by Jody Denberg of KUTX, All About the Groove features Sahm peers/bandmates Marcia Ball, Speedy Sparks, and Ernie Durawa, as well as the best friend Texas music has these days, author Joe Nick Patoski...."
"...Even more emblematic, when Doug Sahm died, I was in such a state of shock that I sort of stumbled over to Monroe's show that night because I knew he'd be doing the right thing. He let me sit teary-eyed in the control room when Ernie Durawa walked in, his face frozen in pain over the loss of his childhood buddy..."
"...Texas Sessions: Chapter Two is a tribute to the venerable Doug Sahm. Along with Alcorn, it features local harp king Walter Daniels and Sahm rhythm section Ernie Durawa and Speedy Sparks..."
"...That and when Shawn Sahm is just gonna go ahead and start up the "Sir Shawn Quintet" as a full-time deal... Speaking of which, the Tornado Band (aka the Texas Tornados backing guys) will be playing a New York firemen's benefit at Manor Downs on November 3, says drummer Ernie Durawa, who was in Amsterdam on 9/11 but narrowly survived recording an album with Eugene Chadbourne..."
"...Beyond the big touring shows by folks like McCoy Tyner and Arturo Sandoval, both of whom passed through town recently, the local pulse has to be checked occasionally as well to see who's doing what, who's playing with whom, and what ideas are rubbing off. Were you to wander into the basement club last Wednesday, you would have seen Los Jazz Vatos, Elephant Room regulars headed up by drummer Ernie Durawa..."
"...Bentley adds that Ernie Durawa and Barry "Frosty" Smith, two of the Tornados' many drummers, took a beating inPeople magazine for being too "heavy-handed" on the new album -- despite the fact that neither of them played on the songs in question. Durawa took a day calling around to find the writer who made the accusation and got him to admit that he was completely in error, but the magazine made it clear that no public apology would be made..."
"...Step back into another era and witness how cro-mags like Gregg Allman and Dickey Betts, and Robert Fripp, Adrian Belew, and Bill Bruford still walk among us loud and proud. LOS JAZZ VATOS Elephant Room, Thursday 2 Ernie Durawa's name may not ring bells but it should crash cymbals -- he's drummed for everyone from Delbert McClinton to the Grammy Award-winning Texas Tornados, and recently played with Herb Ellis and Charlie Byrd..."
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"...Long-awaited hardly covers the 13 years between El Jefe and its sole predecessor. Remarkably, the personnel of Texas Tornados drummer Ernie Durawa's formidable sextet has stayed intact..."