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Pittsburgh Connection
Born and raised in Pittsburgh
Favorite Jazz Radio or media station
Attention span jazz fusion internet radio 1,water colors
Favorite Pittsburgh Jazz Venue
favorites are the ones no longer here:The Grafitti-The Balcony-The Pyramid. James Street Gastro Pub and Speakeasy
About Me:
Brian was born in Pittsburgh , Pa to musician parents. His love affair with drums began at age 3 and at
that time his parents knew they had a prodigy on their hands. Brian came up in the strong Pittsburgh
tradition of jazz . He decided to follow in the footsteps of great Pittsburgh drummers like Kenny Clark , Art Blakey , Joe Harris , and Roger Humphries. In his teens , Brian attended the Pittsburgh High School for the Creative and Performing Arts where he studied under Roger Humphries. It was also around this
time Brian started to expand his abilities by diving into drum and bugle corps. drumming as well as fusion and r&b.

Upon graduating high school , Brian attended Duquesne University where he studied with Don Liuzzi and Lenny Rodgers. While studying at Duquesne , Brian was building a reputation for being a “player” and was soon getting calls from Pittsburgh greats like Kenny Blake , David and Maureen Budway , Dwayne Dolphin , jimmy Ponder , Eric Kloss , Dakota Staton , Modern Times , Don Aliquo Sr. , Tony Janflone Sr..

Upon leaving Duquesne , Brian embarked on a touring and recording career that has taken him to Europe and Japan numerous times. He has also played most major European venues including Wembley Arena and Royal Albert Hall in performances for the Royal family. Brian also has American and European
television appearences under his belt some of which include: MTV Europe , BET on Jazz , live @ The Dome-Berlin , Live on Q , Halloween Live w/Jenny Jones. Brian’s international recording debut was on Jesse Johnson’s CD , Bare My Naked Soul. His second international release was his own CD , The Theorical Journey.

Besides being an in demand drummer , Brian is a composer , producer , and author of three books on drumming. Brian is not your ordinary drummer , he is a visionary and music powerhouse that has to be experienced to be believed.

Touring and Performance credits:
Rayce Biggs
Elan Trotman
Art Sherrod Jr.
Eric Johnson
DeBarge
Bunny DeBarge
El DeBarge
Alexander O’ Neal
Cherrelle
Tom Schuman
Joe McBride
Jeffrey Osborne
Bobby Mcferrin
Roy Hargrove
Jesse Johnson
Dwayne Dolphin
Kenny Blake
Gene Ludwig
Ingrid Chavez
Angela Bofill
Kenny Rankin
Libby Goines
Dakota Staton
Jimmy Ponder
Eric Kloss
Sheila Rae Charles
Eric Leeds
Walter Chestnut
The Itals
Jenny Jones
T.M.G. Recordings
Paisley Park Records
Sony
CBS/Tabu

Discography:
Kenny Blake-Where The Road Leads
Jesse Johnson-Bare My Naked Soul
Jesse Johnson-Live & Raw (Live @ The Cabooze -Mpls.,Mn)
Alexander O’ Neal-Live in Germany
Brian Edwards-The Theorical Journey
Libby Goines-Hope Mountain
Eric Leeds-Time Squared (remix)
Dwayne Dolphin-4 Robin
Dwayne Dolphin-Ming
Guitar Shorty-Git Shorty
Ghetto Bucket-live from The Bandsion
Leroy K. Wofford-In The Middle
Hosea Taylor-The Indubitably Quintessential
Ron Holloway-Live @ The Rams Head(Annapolis,Md.)
TerriAnn-The Real Me
Shawnee Lake-Diamonds n Sausage
The Real Silk Band-Metamorphosis
The Real Silk Band-Live @ James St.
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Norbert Hogel my dear friend , It was great to have spent the last 25 years of my life playing some great music with you. You are already missed.....you did ok Bro! Rest In Peace!!!!! Brian

Posted on August 9, 2012 at 2:02pm 0 Comments

Norbert Hogel my dear friend , It was great to have spent the last 25 years of my life playing some great music with you. You are already missed.....you did ok Bro! Rest In Peace!!!!!

Brian

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Posted on January 25, 2012 at 4:46pm 0 Comments

I will be appearing with Yolanda Barber at Silk's located in the Meadowlands Casino Fri. Jan 27th, 8-12.  Also , I will be appearing with Tony Campbell Sat. Jan. 28th , 5:30-8 at CJ's. Hope to see you there!

Brian

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Posted on January 16, 2012 at 3:39pm 0 Comments

I will be playing with The Horn Guys weds. Jan 18th 9:30 pm to 1:30 am at the Blind Pig in New Kensington.  I will also be playing with Yolonda Barber sat Jan 21st 8pm to 12am at Levels Lounge at Rivers Casino. Hope to see you there!!

Brian

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Posted on January 14, 2012 at 7:08pm 0 Comments

I will be appearing tonight at Taste of Dahn Tahn with Soul Vaccination featuring Dave Moore , Robi Edwards , and Howie Alexander. Show time is 7:30-10:00. Hope to see you there!

Brian

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At 5:25pm on November 23, 2012, EDSON LUIZ KRUG said…

              HI BRIAN, THANKS TO YOUR LOVELY WORDS.YES, I LIKE TO SEE-PAINT -COLLECT  OIL JAZZ  WORKS.IN FACT MY JOB IS JOURNALIST. I WRITE ABOUT SPORTS ON LOCAL MAGAZINE AT SOUTH BRAZIL.ALSO, I FEATURE TWO HOURS WEEK AT SOUTH BRAZIL FM STATION WITH THE BEST SMOOTH-FUSION-LATIN-BOP JAZZ STYLES-ACCORDING THE DOWNBEAT JAZZ MAGAZINE, THE NUMBER OF JAZZ MUSICIANS GROW UP EVERY YEAR.SO, WE MUST TO CREATE PURCHASER PUBLIC.AUDIENCE. UNHAPPILY, IN MY COUNTRY THERE S NOT FULL TIME JAZZ RADIOS, BUT I DO MY BEST TO BETTER DAYS TO IMPROVISED MUSIC.REGARDS.KEEP SWING.EDSON.

At 3:02am on March 12, 2012, nat franklin said…

man i been trying to get in touch with you ; nat in new orleans 504-281-3458.

At 3:22am on December 15, 2011, Adam Johnston & James Street said…

Glad you like the pic of the jazz bar!!!, we should chat sometime about the possibilities of you preforming down there!!.. talk with you soon!!

At 2:08pm on March 22, 2011, Aubrey Bruce said…

Hey Brian:

As you may know I am the Senior Sports Columnist with The New Pittsburgh Courier. Please Email or call me at: abruce@newpittsburghcourier or 412.583.6741.  I have some promotional ideas that you may coincide with.

At 5:35pm on March 21, 2011, Aubrey Bruce said…

Hey B:

I am always joyous to witness, connect with and be a part of your eternal artistry.  I am sure that my spirit will come alive when I am again able to sing in concert with the movement of your percussive polyphony.  Aubrey

At 2:52pm on September 28, 2010, Michelle said…
You are quite welcome, Brian!
At 2:55am on July 20, 2010, John Hall Jr said…
Bee, whats good my brotha, time to get busy in this piece!!!
At 4:45am on May 24, 2010, Ranjini said…
thanks for the add! hope you are enjoying the music!

nuthin b'luv!
ya girl, Ranjini
At 1:03pm on May 8, 2010, Fumie Toki said…
Yeah, he's told me about you too. We are in Europe right now but hope to meet you sometime soon. cheers
At 12:04pm on May 8, 2010, Fumie Toki said…
Hello nice to meet you here....

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