Manuel S. "Manny" Duran
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June 11, 1926-Oct. 30, 2006

Manny Duran (Manuel Sanchez Duran), trumpet and flugelhorn player, made his transition after complications from a recent procedure at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. Born in Alamagordo, N.M., Manny began his life-long love affair with the trumpet at the age of 10, playing in Mariachi Bands of the Southwest. Not long after, Manny heard Louis Armstrong's music and found his true calling:  Jazz.  Manny played music on the West Coast before moving to the Big Apple in 1956 and for a year sat in with the most prestigious combos performing at the legendary Cafe Bohemia.  By the '60s, Manny was in the improvising chair for top Latin Jazz bands beginning with Puerto Rican musical giant, Noro Morales. Thereafter, he traveled throughout the US and Europe working and recording with Ray Barretto, Willie Bobo, Mario Bauza and the Afro Cuban Jazz Orchestra, Mongo Santamaria, The Conjunto 66 of Vladimir Vasilieff and for almost a decade with Machito.  Manny never lost his love for the music of Dizzy Gillespie, Fats Navarro and Kenny Dorham. In the '80s, he formed a straight-ahead bebop band with singer, Carla White, becoming a fixture on the New York jazz scene. They recorded an album,"Andruline," before the band dissolved. Manny continued on as leader of his own bands, The Manny Duran Latin and Jazz Band and Manny Duran and The Afro-Bops,in both bebop and latin idioms, hosting the late night jam sessions and doing Sunday Jazz Brunch at the Blue Note in the West Village for many years. Through the ‘90s until recently, Manny led the Saturday night jam session at Cleopatra's Needle on the Upper West Side of Manhattan and was featured regularly on Tuesday nights at BB King's in Times Square with The Afro-Bops while continuing to record (his cd: "Play so Pretty") and work around town. Manny will be remembered not only for his peerless skill as a melodic improviser, but also for his charisma, generosity of spirit, love for life and music. He will be deeply missed by family, friends and by the musicians whose lives he has touched and influenced over the years. Manny is survived by three brothers; one sister; and a daughter. There will be a memorial service celebrating his life. The date will be announced. To write a tribute to Manny Duran visit

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Published in Clovis News Journal and the Portales News-Tribune from Nov. 6 to Nov. 7, 2006.
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January 23, 2021
Manny was a great mentor and teacher. My reason for doubling on Fluegelhorn . He will be missed.
Gabriel Vasquez
January 25, 2014
Manny, Thank you for taking me under your wing when I was a kid. You gave me the courage to get up on the staqe and blow. Those afterhour gigs at the Internatonal on Westchester in the Bronx was a great schooling for me. Your were kind and patient with me but it was your way. That's why so many people love you. I will never forget you Manny. Thank you "Mexico"
Willie Colón
April 7, 2011
Manny you were always a true inspiration and uplifting spirt to be around. Thanks for sharing your joy and big heart. not to mention schooling me on all those tunes people forget about but need to know. I know you are still swinging up there in the heavens!
Lakecia Benjamin
July 27, 2009
It's been awhile since you've gone but you are still missed. You were one of the kindest, gentlest people in the business and I'm glad I had the opportunity to work with you. You are gone but not forgotten.
George Haskins
April 1, 2007
Dear Brother Manny,
Thank-you for your infectious spirit,the love you blew through sweet and amazing trumpet riffs.I shall be eternally reminded of the joy you created at the Big Apple Jazz up here in Harlem,your favorite hang:-)
I am certain that Louie,Dizzy,Fats and Kenny are happy to welcome you into Heaven`s Big Band.
April 1, 2007
Carl McCarden
January 18, 2007
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.I am a cousin from Alamogordo N.M. and growing up he played for all us and we all loved him dearly he will be missed
Beatrice Lucero
December 3, 2006
Jam Session with Master at Cleopatra's Needle
December 3, 2006
Waiting for My Turn
December 3, 2006
Seasoned Trumpeter
December 3, 2006
Your enduring spirit as a front line trumpeter motivated me to paint you three times. Everytime I painted you, I could not stop thinking of the journey of your truly rich life. My scheduled exhibition on Feb/22-28/2007 is happen to pay tribute to you. I am sure we talk about you a lot there. I am sure we can hear your sound of trumpet.
Kazuo Ooka
November 30, 2006
Dear Manny,

It's been a whole month since you haven't been here, physically. I miss your voice. I miss your loving kindness. You were so much a part of my life. I miss you so.

November 21, 2006
Dear Manny,

To your Light. To your Spirit. To your Eternal Journey. To Rhythm. To Romance. "Everything is going to be all right... be bep."

November 19, 2006
Goodbye Manny Duran beautiful friend rest in peace–I and some others are now finding the world a lesser place with your swift departure , and it was so undoubtedly greater for your being here- so thanks for the musical lessons, the positive vibe-will miss you at Cleos , the old school, pero a la proximo, mi hermano!
Steve Hall
November 8, 2006
Ode to Manny,
To a music maker, the dreamer of dreams. You shall teach us your songs new numbers, and things that we dreamed not before-- Yes, in spite of a dreamer who slumbers and a hornplayer who plays no more.
You'll be missed,
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