Primary Instrument: Saxophone
Saxophonist Ed Calle is known for his extraordinary ability to play bebop, Latin and contemporary jazz, and pop. Born in Caracas of Spanish parents, it was obvious from the start that he was a natural player and now, Calle can be heard on hundreds of recordings both as a sideman and soloist.
He appears on Grammy-award-winning albums by Frank Sinatra, Vicky Carr, Arturo Sandoval, and Jon Secada, as well as on numerous television and motion picture soundtracks. He also has recorded and performed around the world with such artists as Gloria Estefan, Julio Iglesias, Michael Bolton, Bob James, Bobby Caldwell, Rhianna, Extreme, and Vanessa Williams.
Among his many solo recordings, Ed Calle Plays Santana garnered a Latin Grammy Award nomination in 2005. His latest release In the Zone (2006) features original compositions and jazz standards and earned a Latin Grammy nomination in 2007.
Besides being an internationally acclaimed jazz performer and prolific composer and arranger, Calle is in great demand as a jazz clinician and enjoys working with students. Ed has served as a guest artist and clinician with the Monk Institute and at colleges including Brigham Young University, Temple College, The University of North Florida, The University of Florida, The University of Miami, and West Palm Beach Community College.
Ed and Sari Calle live with their three children in South Florida where Ed serves as Associate Professor Senior of Music Business and Production at Miami Dade College. A member of the Miami Saxophone Quartet, a Selmer saxophone artist, and Jody Jazz mouthpieces and AMT microphones endorser, Ed Calle also owns and operates One-Take Recording Studios, leads the Fuego Caliente Latin Jazz Orchestra, and has earned a Doctor of Higher Education Leadership from Nova Southeastern University where he graduated with a perfect 4.0 average. Addressing one of America's greatest educational challenges, Dr. Calle's doctoral dissertation compares the effectiveness of online and traditional remedial mathematics education. In addition to his passion for and study of music, Ed is a lifelong student of mathematics who is frequently asked to deliver lectures exploring the relationship between music and mathematics. Dr. Calle delivered the keynote address at the MAC^3 conference in 2007.