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Since his emergence in 1987 Donald Edwards has played across the
globe with some of the finest musicians in jazz. He is now building a
reputation all his own. Donald Edwards has performed with jazz greats
such as Freddie Hubbard, Tom Harrell, Terrance Blanchard, Donald
Harrison, Jesse Davis, Greg Tardy, Carmen Lundy, Kevin Mahogony,
Javon Jackson, Ellis Marsalis, Wessell Anderson, Orrin Evans, Joey
Calderazzo, Wynton Marsalis, The Mingus Big Band & Orchestra, Charlie
Hunter, Russell Malone, Alvin Batiste, Stefon Harris and Mark Whitfield,
Edwards was born into a musical family. His father Dock is a classical
pianist and his mother Geraldine, a voice major. Edwards began playing
music at the age of eleven in Opelousas, Louisiana. He went on to study
music at Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana where the
renowned teacher Alvin Batiste resides. He then continued in music
education as a teacher at the University Of New Orleans. Edwards, now
in New York, continues to give his time to help teach young aspiring
percussionist in schools throughout the community.
After winning the Louisiana Arts Ambassador’s Award for Composition in
1994, Donald Edwards became one of the most sought after drummers on
the New Orleans music scene. New Orleans is place with a vocabulary of
music all it’s own and Edwards is a drummer steeped in that tradition. He
came up playing different kinds of music ranging from marching band, hip-
hop and pop to r&b, jazz, funk and gospel music. As a result, Edwards is
now called on to play many different genres of music and meets them with
creative interpretation and virtuosity. Donald Edwards is among the
vanguard of players on the New York scene today.
Edwards has two recordings as a leader -In The Vernacular- (Leaning
House Label) and -Ducktones- (Zoot - T Label) and is also involved in the
production of numerous recording projects. With skills steeped in the rich
and varied traditions of Louisiana, drummer and composer Donald
Edwards is dedicated in his pursuit of creative improvisation,
compositional development, and experimentation with rhythms through
conversing in dialects of a universal language we call music.
“ …with each generation continually producing those special individuals
who push the envelope a little farther, Edwards is part of a new breed of
young musicians who have discovered that total musicianship means
more that just being a great instrumentalist, which he is by the way”. Ellis