Ken Edwards (trumpet/flugelhorn) currently teaches at Citrus College in Glendora, CA. Before relocating to the Los Angeles area, Ken was an active freelance musician and educator in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and taught for eleven years at The University of Texas at Arlington. Ken was a featured soloist while on tour with the legendary jazz trumpeter, Maynard Ferguson, and played on Ferguson’s final studio album, The One and Only (MF Music). He was also a member and featured soloist in the world-renown One O’clock Lab band at The University of North Texas and served as Teaching Fellow/Assistant while earning his M.M. in Jazz Performance.
Ken’s first solo recording titled Lost In This Place (Armored Records) was released in 2007 and introduced seven original compositions, which also featured Stockton Helbing and Brian Mulholland. Ken has shared the stage with many well-known artists, such as Don Henley and the Eagles, Curtis Fuller, Bobby Shew, Eddie Gomez, Frank Greene, Joe Lovano, Vincent Herring, Lew Soloff, Gladys Knight, The Temptations, and recorded alongside Wayne Bergeron, Dennis DiBlasio, Clay Jenkins, David Braid, Chip McNeill and Steve Wiest. Ken has also recorded as a sideman with Stockton Helbing, Brian Mulholland, the UNT One O’clock Lab Band, Dan Bruce, Kris Berg, The Dallas Jazz Orchestra and Mark Tonelli, to name a few.
“Jazz, musical form, often improvisational, developed by African Americans and influenced by both European harmonic structure and African rhythms. It was developed partially from ragtime and blues and is often characterized by syncopated rhythms, polyphonic ensemble playing, varying degrees of improvisation, often deliberate deviations of pitch, and the use of original timbres.” – Britannica