Ed is one of the most sought-after baritone saxophone players in Chicago. At age 14, Ed was a founding member of one of Chicago’s premier big bands, the Outcast Jazz Band. Ed also spent several years performing with the crazy New Orleans-style Professor John Band. He can be heard frequently playing in the horn section with Tributosaurus and numerous other Chicago-based jazz, blues and rock groups. Ed has performed with the Chicago Jazz Ensemble, as well as the big bands of Niel Dunlap. In addition, he’s played with the Oak Park River Forest Symphony Orchestra and as a leader with the quartet Eddysax & the Split Tones.
When not making music, Ed works as an editor for Down Beat, the international jazz magazine. He has interviewed Clint Eastwood, Bill Cosby, Wynton Marsalis, David Sanborn, Bobby McFerrin, Brian Setzer, Phil Collins, Wayne Shorter, Charlie Haden, Sonny Rollins, Buddy Guy, Clark Terry, Gerry Mulligan, J.J. Johnson, Louie Bellson, Roy Haynes, Max Roach, Elvin Jones, Brad Mehldau, Rachel Z, Medeski Martin & Wood and James Carter along with scores of other famous and not-so-famous musicians. Ed holds a master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. In addition to all saxophones, Ed also plays piano, bass clarinet and flute.