tony duran

(* 1945/10/14, Los Angeles, California   +  2011/12/19, Bruceville, Texas)

Tony Duran contributed slide guitar and vocals for "Waka/Jawaka", "The Grand Wazoo" and "Apostrophe' ". He toured with Zappa's Grand Wazoo Orchestra, September 1972, and with the Petit Wazoo Orchestra (or The Mothers, as they were called at the time) from October until December 1972.
He can also be heard on "Joe's Domage" and on "Imaginary Diseases".

Tony Duran was the lead guitarist of Ruben And The Jets, who's first album was produced by Zappa.

In 1980, Tony Duran toured with the Grandmothers. A couple of recordings from this tour can be found on the Grandmothers' "The Eternal Question" album.

Anthony (Tony) Philip Duran passed away on December 19, 2011 after a two year battle with prostate cancer.




frank zappa: waka/jawaka
   (1972, lp, usa, bizarre)


the mothers: the grand wazoo
   (1972, lp, usa, bizarre)
  ruben & the jets: for real (1)
   (1973, lp, usa, mercury) - produced, featuring, parts written & arranged by frank zappa
  ruben and the jets: con safos  (2)
    (1973, lp, usa, in-discreet)


frank zappa: apostrophe (')
   (1974, lp, usa, discreet)
  the grandmothers: the eternal question
    (2001, cdr, ger, private release)
- feat. various ex-moi; incl.zappa compositions


frank zappa: joe's domage
    (2004, cd, usa, vaulternative records)


frank zappa: imaginary diseases
    (2006, cd, usa, zappa records)

  bunk gardner: it's all bunk!
    (2007, cd, usa, crossfire publications) - feat. various ex-moi


frank zappa: wazoo
    (2007, 2cd, usa, vaulternative records)


frank zappa: one shot deal
    (2008, cd, usa, zappa records)

  bunk gardner: it's all bunk! (reloaded)
    (2010, download, -, crossfire publications)
= revised edition - download only

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frank zappa: the crux of the biscuit
    (2016, cd, usa, zappa records zr20020)

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frank zappa: little dots
    (2016, cd, usa, zappa records zr20026)
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  frank zappa: rollo / portland improvisation
    (2017, 10", usa, zappa records bpr1230) - record store day release
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random notes

Charles Ulrich says:

Tony Duran was the only musician besides Frank Zappa to play on both 1972 studio albums and on both 1972 tours. He was the lead guitarist of Ruben And The Jets, named after singer Ruben Ladron De Guevara and the Frank Zappa album "Cruising With Ruben And The Jets".
Zappa produced their first album, "For Real", released in 1973. Former Mother Motorhead Sherwood played baritone sax and tambourine in Ruben And The Jets. Guevara and Jets rhythm guitarist Robert "Frog" Camarena provided backing vocals on 'Cheepnis' ("Roxy And Elsewhere"), something on "Apostrophe", and (Guevara only) 'Find Her Finer' ("Zoot Allures"). Tony Duran himself is heard on 'Apostrophe', a studio jam recorded at Electric Ladyland Studios, New York, in September, 1972, during the Grand Wazoo tour.

In the sixties, Tony Duran played tenor sax with The Premiers, an east side Chicano rock group. He is mentioned in the Mark Guerrero website at <>.
A very fine picture can be found at <>.



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