ROBERT EDWARDS is a jazz trombonist and bandleader in New York City. Born and raised in West Palm Beach, Florida, his schooling at the Dreyfoos School of the Arts exposed him to trombone giants Wycliffe Gordon and Bill Watrous, who helped peek his imagination of what’s possible on trombone.
Robert’s studies began at the University of North Florida in 2003, where he studied undergraduate trombone and piano. In 2006, he transferred to New Jersey City University to continue his pursuit of trombone. He studied under Pete McGuiness and Joe Magnarelli. After graduating from New Jersey City University in 2008, he obtained his master’s degree at The Juilliard School in 2010, where he studied with Steve Turre.
Robert won the 2018 Detroit Jazz Festival’s Curtis Fuller Low Brass/Trombone Competition, where he was awarded a performance slot on the Main Stage. Other professional highlights include tours with the Dizzy Gillespie Alumni All-Star Big Band and Roy Hargrove’s Big Band and performing at the Village Vanguard with the Village Vanguard Orchestra for a week. Robert plays the lead trombone in the Steven Feifke Big Band, Eyal Vilner, Glenn Crytzer Orchestra, and the Danny Jonokuchi Big Band. Robert also composes, arranges, and sings with his 10-piece big band at notable clubs such as Birdland Jazz Club, the Django, and Swing 46. The Robert Edwards Quintet has performed regularly at the legendary Smalls Jazz Club for five years.
Robert has been a professor of jazz trombone at New Jersey City University and Queens College since 2019. He has five records under his name as a leader and co-leader. “Play Date” (2019), “Home Life” (2021), and “It Had To Be You” (2022) were made with frequent collaborator and vocalist Vanessa Perea. “Sound Business” (2010) and “Upswing” (2023) are recorded solely as a leader.
Robert Edwards is a King Trombone artist.
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ROBERT EDWARDS es trombonista y director de banda de jazz en la ciudad de Nueva York. Nacido y criado en West Palm Beach, Florida, sus estudios en la Escuela de Artes Dreyfoos lo expusieron a los gigantes del trombón Wycliffe Gordon y Bill Watrous, quienes lo ayudaron a echar un vistazo a su imaginación sobre lo que es posible con el trombón.
Los estudios de Robert comenzaron en la Universidad del Norte de Florida en 2003, donde estudió trombón y piano. En 2006, se trasladó a la Universidad de la ciudad de Nueva Jersey para continuar su carrera con el trombón. Estudió con Pete McGuiness y Joe Magnarelli. Después de graduarse de la Universidad de la ciudad de Nueva Jersey en 2008, obtuvo su maestría en The Juilliard School en 2010, donde estudió con Steve Turre.
Robert ganó el Concurso Curtis Fuller Low Brass/Trombone del Festival de Jazz de Detroit 2018, donde se le otorgó un lugar para actuar en el escenario principal. Otros aspectos destacados profesionales incluyen giras con la Dizzy Gillespie Alumni All-Star Big Band y la Big Band de Roy Hargrove y actuar en Village Vanguard con la Village Vanguard Orchestra durante una semana. Robert toca el trombón principal en la Steven Feifke Big Band, Eyal Vilner, la Glenn Crytzer Orchestra y la Danny Jonokuchi Big Band. Robert también compone, arregla y canta con su big band de 10 integrantes en clubes notables como Birdland Jazz Club, Django y Swing 46. El Robert Edwards Quintet ha actuado regularmente en el legendario Smalls Jazz Club durante cinco años.
Robert ha sido profesor de trombón de jazz en la New Jersey City University y Queens College desde 2019. Tiene cinco discos a su nombre como líder y colíder. “Play Date” (2019), “Home Life” (2021) y “It Had To Be You” (2022) se realizaron con la colaboradora frecuente y vocalista Vanessa Perea. “Sound Business” (2010) y “Upswing” (2023) se registran únicamente como líder.
Source: Robert Edwards Website
A graduate of Empire State College with a dual major in journalism and Latin American studies, Editor-in-Chief Tomas Peña has spent years applying his knowledge and writing skills to the promotion of great musicians. A specialist in the crossroads between jazz and Latin music, Peña has written extensively on the subject. His writing appears on Latin Jazz Network; Chamber Music America magazine and numerous other publications.


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