OverviewTrombonist, composer, band leader, producer, author, and educator Ed Byrne has performed and recorded with a great many of the jazz world’s leading stars in a career which has spanned decades and includes artists such as Chet Baker, Joe Henderson, Herbie Hancock, Charles Mingus, Eddie Palmieri, Buddy Rich, Manu Dibango, James Brown, Archie Shepp, Maynard Ferguson—and hundreds of other world-renown musicians. All the while, in addition to doing a great deal of studio work in NYC, he has led his own bands, most recently his Latin Jazz Evolution which, following the release of his album Conquistador, performed at the Hartford Jazz Festival and elsewhere.
A Doctor of Musical Arts in Jazz Studies from the New England Conservatory and former Berklee College professor, Ed has accomplished a great deal: Nominated Best Trombone Soloist by Latin New York Magazine, his composition, Fenway Funk, was nominated for a Grammy Award. Ed played lead trombone on Eddie Palmieri’s Unfinished Masterpiece, which won a Grammy. In addition, Dr. Byrne has published his 17-book Linear Jazz Improvisation Method, which is used world-wide. Currently performing with the Ed Byrne Quartet, Ed has a unique trombone sonic fingerprint, which he performs over a platform of his moody compositions, with the support of a world-class rhythm section.