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Primary Instrument: Saxophone

Born: December 6, 1963

Edmund Velasco is a native Southern Californian that has been recognized as one of the top sax men in the area.

He has played professionally for the past fifteen years with such top names as Mel Torme, Eddie Daniels, Ernie Andrews and many others.

Since the early age of eight, Edmund knew that playing the saxophone was what he wanted to do. When he finally was old enough to play one at age ten, he knew that this would be his life's work.

He has been named the top Tenor Sax Artist in Orange County in 1998 & 1999 by the Orange County Weekly.

He is currently leading his own quintet which has been active for the past eight years, writing and directing as well as producing three CD’s. Alligator Rhythm on Subrosa records (1996) and The Blues in Me (2000) and Smoke Rises (2004). All three recordings have received very favorable reviews in the press. The Blues in me was nominated for the Jazz Recording of the Year by the L.A. Music Awards. As Bob Agnew writes about Smoke Rises” Generating new waves in modern mainstream jazz, the Edmund Velasco Quintet drives forward with energy and a positive outlook. Swinging from start to finish, they turn each session into a festival.” Bob Agnew, LA Jazz Scene April 2004....
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Featured recording “Smoke Rises”

Smoke Rises

GemTone Records
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