BRIAN'S BIO

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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. He has also released three solo recordings...The Theorical Journey, Diary Of A Dreamer, and the newest project Wanderlust. He recently did a stint with Jesse Johnson and D'Angelo! Besides being an in demand drummer, Brian is a composer, producer, author of two drum instruction books, Rhythm Basics Vol. 1 and Rhythm Concepts. He is also 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:

Jesse Johnson

D'Angelo

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

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

Paisley Park, Minneapolis, Mn

Antone's~Austin, Tx

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

Billboard Live-Osaka, Japan

Billboard Live-Tokyo, 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