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.