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Ed Wise

Caribbean Jazz Project

Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Ed Wise began his study of the string bass at the age of twelve. At fifteen, he discovered jazz and began a life-long love affair with America’s original art form. At seventeen, Ed was already a member of the Houston AF of M local, performing with Houston’s legendary tenor saxophonist Arnett Cobb and sitting in at local jam sessions with Sonny Stitt, Rashaan Roland Kirk, Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis, and others.

After high school, Ed studied music at the world-renowned University of North Texas (formerly North Texas State University), earning both bachelor’s and master’s degrees. As a graduate student, he conducted one of the university’s twelve jazz ensembles while playing bass in the school’s famous “One O’clock Lab Band”. He also provided bass accompaniment for visiting name jazz artists, including Tom Harrell, Frank Foster, J.J. Johnson, Kenny Barron, and others.

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