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Ed Wise & New Orleans Jazz in Cheltenham, PA on January 4th

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Appearing at the Cheltenham Center for the Arts, 439 Ashbourne Rd, Cheltenham PA on January 4th 2012 will be bassist Ed Wise and his New Orleans Jazz Band. One show: 7:30-9PM. Tickets: $10/$5 for students. No advance sales. Free Refreshments! For info: 215-517-8337.

This Jazz Bridge Neighborhood Concert Series is sponsored by Jazz Bridge, a 501C3 nonprofit that assists local jazz and blues musicians in crisis. The Cheltenham Neighborhood Concert series is partially supported by a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance.

Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Ed Wise began his study of the string bass at the age of twelve, and at seventeen, Ed was already 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. Wise eventually became one of the busiest musicians in Texas working with area jazz artists including former Miles Davis Quintet pianist Red Garland, saxophonist Marcel Ivery (a member of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers) and former Ray Charles tenor man James Clay. Ed also performed with visiting musicians Eddie Daniels, Carl Fontana, Jim Hall and others. Nationwide touring with New Orleans legend Al Hirt, Texas R&B star Delbert McClinton and the Smothers Brothers rounded out his busy schedule. In 1989 Ed moved to Toronto where he worked with the great Lee Konitz and toured with Monty Alexander, the legendary Harry "Sweets" Edison, Scott Hamilton and Bud Shank.

Ed headed back south to New Orleans in 1993, where he lived and worked until August 29 2005, the day Hurricane Katrina came to town. During his twelve-year tenure in the Crescent City, he performed with and arranged for Al Belletto's Big Jazz Band and sextet, Connie Jones' Crescent City Jazz Band, pianist Henry Butler, guitarist Herb Ellis, and pianist/vocalist Mose Allison. In 2005, Ed appeared with Connie Jones' Crescent City Jazz Band at the winter and summer Umbria Jazz Festivals in Italy. During his years in New Orleans, Wise became the bandleader/bassist aboard the legendary steamboat Delta Queen until Katrina's devastation cut the 2005 cruising season short.

In April of 2005, Ed Wise received the honor of being named one of New Orleans' “Jazz All-Stars" in New Orleans Magazine's annual Jazz All-Star issue. And in March of 2005, he recorded his first CD “Ed Wise and his New Orleans Jazz Band," featuring his original and imaginative arrangements of traditional New Orleans jazz for 8, 9 and 10-piece ensembles.

Arriving in Philadelphia in the wake of Katrina, Ed quickly became a fixture on the Philly music scene. These days, he can be seen and heard all over Philadelphia and the surrounding area. Early on in his residency in Philly, Ed assembled his current working band, also called “Ed Wise and his New Orleans Jazz Band," which has become a mainstay on the East Coast's traditional jazz and swing circuit.

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