Ed Byrne

Ed Byrne, trombonist, composer/arranger from Philadelphia, has worked with many of the world’s greatest performing artists: Chet Baker, Joe Henderson, Herbie Hancock, Dizzy Gillespie, Lionel Hampton, Maynard Ferguson, Billy Eckstine, Charles Mingus, Gerry Mulligan, Thad Jones/Mel Lewis, Archie Shepp, Buddy Rich, Mel Torme, James Brown, Tom Harell--and countless others. During his sixteen years on the New York City music scene, Ed also performed and composed/arranged numerous recordings. He has toured the Americas, France, Germany, and Sweden.

A Doctor of Musical Arts in Jazz Studies from the New England Conservatory, Ed is the recipient of many honors: he was nominated “Best Trombone Soloist” by Latin New York magazine; his composition “Fenway Funk” was nominated for a Grammy Award; and Eddie Palmieri’s album, Unfinished Masterpiece, on which Ed played lead trombone, won a Grammy Award. Ed’s new CD, Two Shades of Blue, is currently being sold by North Country Distributors.

Dr. Byrne, who has been on the faculties of Berklee College, Baruch College, University of the Arts, Greenfield Community College, and the University of Rhode Island, has published 42 texts on jazz improvisation, Linear Improvisation Method.


Ed is a Doctor of Musical Arts in Jazz Studies from the New England Conservatory. Nominated “Best Trombone Soloist” by Latin New York magazine Ed's composition “Fenway Funk” was nominated for a Grammy Award. Eddie Palmieri’s album, Unfinished Masterpiece, on which Ed played lead trombone, won a Grammy Award.


King 3 B Tenor Trombone with F Attachment; Polytone Mini-Brute Bass Amplifier


”Ed Byrne is one of the finest jazz musicians I’ve ever worked with.” --Chet Baker, Down Beat

”Since his great trombone soloist, Ed Byrne, left the band recently, Charlie Persip is 'low profiling' the solos in the trombone section.” --John S. Wilson, New York Times

”Ed Byrne's trombone style is ahead of its time.” --Hilarie Grey, Jazz Times

“Ed Byrne’s warm trombone solos are in a style rarely heard since the days of J. J. Johnson.” --John Storm Roberts, High Fidelity

”The exciting moments came as they always do in Maynard Ferguson’s band: from the trombone solos of Ed Byrne.” --Bob Smith, Vancouver Sun

”The lead trombone of Eddie Byrne upheld a long tradition of brilliance in that section of every edition of Ferguson’s orchestras.” --Chris Colombi, Jr., Baltimore Sun

”For me, the highlight occurred [in Maynard Ferguson’s performance] when Eddie Byrne really broke it up on the trombone.” --Cliff Smith, Rochester After Dark

”Ed Byrne is a lyrical trombonist who still isn't as well known as he should be

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Ed currently has Live Online Jazz Students in Real Time all over the world: the Americas, UK, PR, UAE, Greece, Sweden, France, Germany, etc. Byrne Jazz Online Lessons Features: Learn in real-time with world-class jazz artist Ed Byrne. www.byrnejazz.com www.jazz-lessons-online.com [email protected] 413-772-2656 Jazz lessons in the privacy of your own home at your own pace. Get live feedback on your playing. Hear the nuances and phrasing of Ed's own personal examples. Learn the distinct styles of world reknowned jazz greats. Take the shortest, most direct route to reaching your musical goals. Develop your tonal memory. Extend your vocabulary. Learn to improvise on a tune's primary materials. Master songs in their entirety: Reduced melody, guide tone lines, root progressions & essential rhythms. Learn tunes more quickly & effectively. Target essential melody notes with chromatic groups. Combine reduced melody targeting with reduced rhythms of specific compositions. Apply these essentials to the blues & other types of tunes. Use pitch collections derived From combining the melody & harmony of compositions. For More Information: Ed is offering live jazz lessons for those musicians who are seriously interested in learning jazz online. These lessons are available to anyone, regardless of age, background or jazz experience. Ed has taken people from classical, blues and rock backgrounds and has put them on the right track to building a solid jazz vocabulary. Lessons are purchased in blocks of four and may be taken on a weekly or bi-monthly schedule. For inquiries and availability of Online Lessons, please email us. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Faster Results: Most Effective Improvisation Method Ever! All Styles, Levels, Instruments "Ed Byrne is one of the finest jazz musicians I have ever worked with." -Chet Baker "Ed Byrne taught me virtually all I know about composition, and he encouraged and inspired me with his dedication to, and love of, music." -Freddie Bryant, Guitarist "Linear Improvisation is the most valuable jazz improvisation resource that I have ever read or used. I am sure that It will be used in classrooms across the globe for many years to come" -Chris DeVito, Pianist "Put simply and without exaggeration, Ed Byrne is the best teacher of jazz I have ever met." -Ernest Urvater, Pianist "Linear Improvisation is monumental in improvisation pedagogy." -Jonny Johansson, Guitarist "I have come to the conclusion that there are two types of jazz pros. Those that are unable to explain what they do, and those that are able, but unwilling to reveal trade secrets. That places Ed Byrne in the unique category of a jazz pro who both knows what he is doing, and is willing to share." -Stu Hesley, Guitarist Derive scales from the keys of songs—without greek names or complex theories. Develop your sonic fingerprint (personal style) & become a more convincing musical public speaker. Linear Improvisation Will Rapidly Improve Your Improvisational Skills: Develop Tonal Memory Extend Your Vocabulary Learn to Improvise on a Tune's Primary Materials Master Songs in Their Entirety: Reduced Melody, Guide Tone Lines, Root Progressions & Essential Rhythms Learn Tunes More Quickly & Effectively Target Essential Melody Notes with Chromatic Groups Combine Reduced Melody Targeting with Reduced Rhythms of Specific Compositions Apply These Essentials to the Blues & Other Types of Tunes Use Pitch Collections Derived From Combining the Melody & Harmony of Compositions Derive Scales From the Keys of Songs—Without Greek Names or Complex Theories Develop Your Sonic Fingerprint (Personal Style) & Become a More Convincing Musical Public Speaker

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Ed Byrne Concerts

Sep 18 Sat
Sep 22 Wed
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Palace Theatre
Southend-on-Sea, UK
Sep 25 Sat
Oct 23 Sat
Feb 10 Thu
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Royal Spa Centre
Leamington Spa, UK
Mar 9 Wed


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