Keyboardist, Vocalist & Songwriter
Ed discovered his love for singing at a very early age. He started performing in public while in the first grade around the age of 7, singing for school musicals. An old player piano in his living room got him started on keyboards a couple of years later. However, like the generation with which he grew up, he saw the Beatles and then went through a short time playing mostly guitar and singing in the early days. But because one of the bands wanted to have a keyboard player and he was the only member who knew how to play at least a little piano, he bought his first portable keyboard (a small Farfisa organ) and has never looked back.
Ed studied piano and theory for about 5 years with Joe Vizzini of Stockton, NJ and continued further studies with Patricia Masterson. After experiencing vocal problems in the early 80’s Ed took vocal lessons from vocal teacher/coach Barbara Jameson of New Brunswick, NJ.
Early on he formed the bands The Noblemen and Nod with childhood friends, Jeff Kline and Al Synder and then later went on to various cover and original bands such as Sweet Freedom, Jazzbo, Melissa, and Small Fry. He also was the keyboard player for 4 years in the Sharron Dallas band which featured the guitar sounds of local legend, Bobby Hartnagle. At the height of their popularity The Sharron Dallas band opened for many national acts such as Tammy Wynette and Ricky Scaggs.
Ed’s other bands have shared the stage with Leslie West of Mountain, Savoy Brown and Blackfoot. He also has played or recorded with numerous local artist such as, Richard Ray Farrell, Steve Guyger and Steve Gomes, Maggie Hill, Tom Reock and John Bushnell of the Maggi Hill band, Sandy Zio and Nick Antonaccio of the Sandy Zio band, John Bianculli, Danny DeGenarro, Carol and Jeannie Brooks and last but certainly not least,premier musician and good friend, Jeff Kline.
In 1986 Ed helped form the the Delivery Boys band which would last almost 20 years and play thousands of gigs in the Northeast region. The Delivery Boys covered almost every genre of music from Classic rock, Reggae, R&B, Blues, Disco, Pop, Country rock and Light Jazz. After building a large fan base and racking up countless miles, the Dboys band wound down and did their final “open to the public” gig at Havana’s in New Hope in May of 2005. They remain good friends and still do the occasional wedding or private party if everyone’s schedule allows.
At the present Ed divides his time between playing for the soulful Mojo Mystics, Laurie Fiebig and 519 South, and singer extrodinare Michael Eli as well as providing keyboard duties for various other bands when available.
More recently Ed has been busy doing some solo piano work at clubs, and cocktail hours for weddings while trying to find the time to write and record his first solo CD.
Ed has done recording for his and others projects at Mike Lozinski’s One Square Mile studio in Sargentsville, Waterfront Studio in Hoboken, Ritchi Cannata’s Cove City Sound Studios in Long Island, Tom Reock’s Squirrel Ranch studio in Trenton, Eli’s Million Cellar Studio,Tim Mulherns’ Left Hook studio and many others. He has performed on numerous local radio and cable TV shows.
His vocal influences are Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, and Marc Broussard. For keyboards he loves to listen to and has surely been influenced by various artists including Russ Ferrante of the Yellowjackets, Bill Payne of Little Feat, Bonnie Raitt’s keyboard guru, Jon Cleary and Marion McPartland and NPR’s Piano Jazz.