Next up meet my dear friend and colleague of many years, drummer extraordinaire and KEMC Jazz Director, Brad Ewards.


Brad’s music interests, like many started in the primary grades and progressed through his college years where he concentrated on modern drum set and Afro/Latin percussion styles and earned a B.A. in Music Performance from Montana State University (formally Eastern Montana College) in 1983. His profession has carried him not only throughout the continental U.S. and Alaska, but far beyond those borders with performances in Canada, Mexico, Romania, the Czech Republic and Australia. He has belonged to an incredible variety of bands in many genres through his career, most notably in the 80’s as Principal Percussionist for Billings Symphony, tours with the Glenn Miller Revival Big Band and for 12 distinguished years part of NRE Trio (Nell-Roberti-Edwards) who ruled the “Just Jazz” venue scene at the historic Majestic Hotel in downtown St. Louis for years, an experience that led to a multitude of [tippy title=”friendships and collaborations” header=”off”]
Performances With:

Ø Trumpet:
Dizzy Gillespie, Woody Shaw, Freddie Hubbard, Nat Adderley
Jack Walrath, Wynton Marsalis, Jim Rotundi, Hugh Reagan, Alan Vizzuti, Roy McCurdy and Malachi Thompson.

Ø Saxophone:
Amett Cobb, David Murray, Eddie Harris, Sonny Fortune, Lee Konitz, James Moody,Hank Crawford, Paul McCandless, David”Fathead”Newman, Richie Cole, Bob Beldon and Carter Jefferson.

Ø Piano:
Tommy Flanagan, Mose Allison, Joey Calderazzo, Davis Burrell, Ellen Rucker, Jaki Byard, Ralph Sutton, David Morganroth, Phil Aaberg and Henry Butler.

Ø Bass:
Ray Brown and Major Holly.

Ø Vibes:
Bobby Hutcherson and Dave Samuels.

Ø Guitar:
Emily Remler, John Stowell, Herb Ellis, Roy Rogers and Barney Kessel.

Ø Drums:
Louie Bellson’ Mike Spiro and Gus Johnson

Ø Trombone/Tuba :
Curtis Fuller ,Chris Brubeck, Ray Anderson and Howard Johnson.

Ø Singers:
Kevin Mahogany, Michele Hendricks, Roseanna Vietro, Giacomo Gates, M.J. Williams, Eden Atwood, Julie Kelly and Judy Niemack.

Former/Current Member:

The Billings Symphony * Glenn Miller Revival Big Band * NRT * Montana Jazz All Stars * Woods Project * Eden Atwood and The Last Best Band * Springhill * The Jeni Fleming Quartet * The M.J. Williams Quartet * The Big Sky Mudflaps * Live Wire Choir * The Pinheads * Mumblin’ Eddy * The Floyds * Denniz Tec * The BeatMeters * Kabuki Sportsmen * Kostas * Soul Brat * Freeman Lacy * The Master Blues Blaster * The Swingaroos * The Albedo Shrine Big Band * The Glen Johnson Big Band * Rex Rieke * The Chuck Florence Jazz All Stars * Art Hooker Blues Band * The Caledonian Pipe and Drum Band * ECQ * Dan Page and the Barncats * and many, many more…

Album Appearances

Smokin’
Live in Big Sky
By All Means
Why I Like Coffee
Chasin’ A Classic
Live at Ira’s
Wild Women Don’t Get The Blues
Feels Like Home
Live at the Madison River Music Fest
Live in Chouteau
Farewell Reese Creek
Sansara
Quiet Now
Strolling Along
11th and Grant

[/tippy] in the jazz and pop world, while courting a blistering schedule of 250+ performances a year.

Brad is also founder and member of the Woods Project, a group dedicated to experimentation of modern and international rhythms that offer a contrasting effect on original and standard jazz tunes and has recorded two albums, Smokin’ and Live In Big Sky with them.

The process of groove transformation for the Woods Project is the foundation to it’s sound. Afro-Cuban rhythms and forms have always been my favorites so it was just natural that was the direction this new group would take.

    Edwards divides his “free” time between private teaching sessions, running Woods Recording Studio and being Jazz Director for KEMC-FM with over 6000 outstanding productions of
    Afternoon Jazz With Brad Edwards.

    Currently he plays at The Carlin Martini Bar and Grill with long time colleague, Earnan Cortes and his band, ECQ.

There’s more to hear and know about Brad, join us at the Bozeman Library at 7pm this Monday and be roused in the rhythms.

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