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 American Federation of Musicians Houston Local 65, 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.
Ed resides in beloved New Orleans, where he is one of the most sought-after bassists in the Crescent City. He can be found most weeknights at Houston’s Restaurant on St. Charles Ave., playing in David Hansen’s Garden District Trio. Most Saturday nights, he plays with Luther Kent and the Trick Bag Trio at the Hotel Monteleone. Ed also performs with vocalist Kitt Lough, legendary cornetist Connie Jones, clarinetist-of-note Tim Laughlin and other New Orleans notables. Ed has also rejoined the jazz department at Loyola University as professor of jazz bass and jazz combo direct
“Ed Wise came highly recommended to me by the Philadelphia music community at large. He is the utmost professional and exhibited as much on my recording. His creativity and expertise made working with him a pure joy.”
- Lizanne Knott, Philadelphia singer, songwriter & recording artist
"Riverboat Shuffle" & "Mahogany Hall Stomp"
(video by Jazz Bridge, Philadelphia PA)
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