BRIAN'S BIO

Brian E. Edwards was born in Pittsburgh, PA to musician parents. His love affair with the drums began at age three, and it was at that time his parents realized they had a prodigy on their hands. Brian came up in the strong Pittsburgh tradition of jazz, and decided to follow in the footsteps of great Pittsburgh drummers like Kenny Clark, Art Blakey, Joe Harris, and Roger Humphries. In his teens he attended the Pittsburgh High School for the Creative and Performing Arts where he studied under Roger Humphries. It was also around this time that he started to expand his abilities by diving into Drum and Bugle Corps, Fusion and R&B. 

 

Upon graduating high school, he attended Duquesne University where he studied with Don Liuzzi and Lenny Rodgers. While studying at Duquesne, Brian began quickly building a reputation for being quite a “player,” and was soon getting calls from Pittsburgh greats like Kenny Blake, David and Maureen Budway, Dwayne Dolphin, Jimmy Ponder, Eric Kloss, Dakota Staton, Modern Times, Don Aliquo Sr., and Tony Janflone Sr.After leaving Duquesne, Brian embarked on a touring and recording career that has taken him to Europe and Japan numerous times. He has played most major European venues including Wembley Arena and Royal Albert Hall in performances for the Royal family. He also has several American and European television appearances under his belt some of which include: MTV Europe, BET on Jazz, Live @ The Dome-Berlin, Live on Q, Halloween Live w/Jenny Jones. Brian’s international recording debut was on Jesse Johnson’s CD, Bare My Naked Soul. His second international release was his own CD, The Theorical Journey.Besides being an in demand drummer, Brian is a composer, producer, author of three drum instruction books, and a highly sought after instructor. Brian is not your ordinary drummer, but rather he is a visionary and music powerhouse that has to be experienced to be believed.

Upon graduating high school, he attended Duquesne University where he studied with Don Liuzzi and Lenny Rodgers. While studying at Duquesne, Brian began quickly building a reputation for being quite a “player,” and was soon getting calls from Pittsburgh greats like Kenny Blake, David and Maureen Budway, Dwayne Dolphin, Jimmy Ponder, Eric Kloss, Dakota Staton, Modern Times, Don Aliquo Sr., and Tony Janflone Sr.After leaving Duquesne, Brian embarked on a touring and recording career that has taken him to Europe and Japan numerous times. He has played most major European venues including Wembley Arena and Royal Albert Hall in performances for the Royal family. He also has several American and European television appearances under his belt some of which include: MTV Europe, BET on Jazz, Live @ The Dome-Berlin, Live on Q, Halloween Live w/Jenny Jones. Brian’s international recording debut was on Jesse Johnson’s CD, Bare My Naked Soul. His second international release was his own CD, The Theorical Journey.Besides being an in demand drummer, Brian is a composer, producer, author of three drum instruction books, and a highly sought after instructor. Brian is not your ordinary drummer, but rather he is a visionary and music powerhouse that has to be experienced to be believed.

 

Education:

 

  • Pittsburgh High School For The Creative & Performing Arts (1981-1985)

  • Studied with Roger Humphries

  • Duquesne University

 

Teaching Experience:

 

  • Private Instructor

  • Private Instructor--Bentley & Romito (Irwin, PA)

  • Percussion Department Head—Pittsburgh Jazz Workshop (Pittsburgh, PA)

  • Percussion Department Head—Music & Arts Center (Virginia)

  • Percussion Department Head—Westinghouse High School (Pittsburgh, PA)

  • Percussion Instructor—Rimshots (Maryland)

  • Rhythm Section Symposium—Duquesne University (Pittsburgh, PA)

 

Touring and Performing Credits:  
   
  • T.M.G. Recordings

  • Jonn Del Toro Richardson

  • Sean Carney

  • Boney Fields

  • Tonky De La Pena

  • Marcus Anderson

  • Eric Darius

  • Rayce Biggs

  • Art Sherrod Jr

  • DeBarge

  • Bunny DeBarge

  • El DeBarge

  • Alexander O’Neal               

  • Barbara Blue

  • Cherrelle

  • Tom Shuman                   

  • Joe McBride

  • Jeffery Osborne              

  • Bobby McFerrin

  • Jesse Johnson   

  • Ronnie Laws

  • Dwayne Dolphin

  • Kenny Blake

  • Gene Ludwig

  • Ingrid Chavez

  • Jimmy Ponder

  • Sheila Ray Charles

  • Tony Janflone, Sr.

  • Walter Chestnut

  • Tony Janflone, Jr.

  • Jenny Jones

  • Roy Hargrove

  • Paisley Park Records

  • Eddie Baccus Jr

  • Angela Bofil

  • Kenny Rankin

  • Libby Goines

  • Dakota Staton

  • Eric Kloss

  • Eric Leeds

  • The Itals

  • Don Aliquo Sr

  • Don Aliquo Jr.

  • Sony

  • CBS/Tabu

  • Jeff Healey

  • Shangoya

  • Javeeta Steele

  • Ron Holloway

  • Innocent

  • David Budway

  • Maureen Budway

  • Samson and Delilah

  • Dr. John Wilson Quartet

  • BTK & The Regulators

VENUES PLAYED INSIDE USA
  • Carter Baron ~Washington, DC

  • Hippodrome Theater ~Baltimore, MD

  • The Apollo Theater ~New York, NY

  • The RamsHead ~Annapolis, MD

  • Royal Theater ~Detroit, MI

  • The Strand ~San Diego, CA

  • Cobo Arena ~Detroit, MI

  • The Baccanaal ~San Diego, CA

  • Starlight AmphiTheater ~Kansas City, MO

  • Vonn Jazz & Blues ~Columbus, OH

  • Night Town ~Cleveland, OH

  • The New Daisy Theater~Memphis,Tn

  • The Orpheum Theater~Memphis , Tn

  • Stage A/E~Pittsburgh ,Pa

  • Three Rivers Stadium ~ Pittsburgh, PA

  • Keifer Front Arena ~New Orleans, LA

  • Heinz Hall ~Pittsburgh, PA

  • Super Dome ~New Orleans, LA

  • The Graffitti ~Pittsburgh, PA

  • Glam Slam ~Minneapolis, MN

  • Syria Mosque ~Pittsburgh, PA

  • The Cabooze ~Minneapolis, MN

  • August Wilson Center ~Pittsburgh, PA

  • 1st Avenue ~Minneapolis, MN

  • The Benedum Theater ~Pittsburgh PA

  • The Fineline ~Minneapolis, MN

  • Blues Alley ~Washington, DC

  • Minneapolis Convention Center ~Mpls, MN

  • HR-57 ~Washington, DC

  • The Strathmore ~Frederick, MD

VENUES PLAYED OUTSIDE USA
  • Belgium

    • Spirit of 66 ~VerViers

  • Japan

    • The Budakon ~Tokyo

  • Germany

    • The Dome ~Berlin

    • The Hippodrome ~Munich

  • United Kingdom 

    • Wembley Arena ~Wembley

    • Hammersmith Odeon ~London

    • Royal Albert Hall ~London

    • Jazz After Dark ~London

    • G-Mex ~Manchester

    • Birmingham N.E.C. ~Birmingham

    • Oxford Apollo ~Oxford

    • Bournemouth International ~Bournemouth

    • Brighton Center ~Brighton

    • Bristol Hippodrome ~Bristol

    • Nottingham Royal Center ~Nottingham

    • Sheffield City Hall ~Sheffield

    • Cornwall Coliseum ~Cornwall

    • New Castle City Hall ~New Castle

    • Manchester Apollo ~Manchester

  • Scotland

    • Edinburgh Playhouse ~Edinburgh