In March of 2005, just five months before Hurricane Katrina, Ed assembled seven of New Orleans' finest traditional jazz musicians to record his first CD, featuring his own arrangements, transcriptions and adaptations of early jazz music.
Ed presented a concert of jazz quartet music by Sidney Bechet, Django Reinhardt and others. The recording of this concert was released on CD in the summer of 2012 and features, besides Ed on string bass, 3 musicians from his Philadelphia band - cornetist Stan Slotter, clarinetist / soprano saxophonist Joe Midiri and guitarist Pat Mercuri.
For over seven years and seven nights a week Hansen’s Garden District Trio has featured talented artists in a piano trio setting at the famous Houston’s Restaurant on St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans. Each artist brings in a different sound, feel and groove to their instrument and a level of musicality that is appreciated by the hundreds of guests who listen each night. The music heard on this recording is a combination of varying styles performed instrumentally on a few timeless classics that are gathered from early New Orleans Jazz, the big band era, vocal jazz classics and funky jazz fusion.
Performed with our interpretation of these songs we present Michael Pellera on Piano, Ed Wise on Bass and David Hansen on drums.