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Ed Vezinho - Jazz Composition and Arranging
Woodwind specialist Ed Vezinho has been performing professionally since 1975. Playing in theaters in and around the Atlantic City / Philadelphia area since 1981, he has solo credits with artists such as Aretha Franklin, Shirley Bassey, Tony Bennett, Bernadette Peters, and the Temptations. This includes numerous television broadcasts and recordings including the Republican National Convention, the Today Show, and the Johnny Mathis 50th Anniversary cd/dvd recorded in 2007. An internationally renowned composer and arranger, Ed has had his music performed and recorded by Mel Torme, Maureen McGovern and numerous professional organizations, university's, high school and junior high school bands. These commissions include music for the Atlantic City Convention Center, the Chicago Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra, Caesars Hotel and Casino, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, the Perth ( Australia ) Jazz Orchestra, and the South Jersey Area Wind Ensemble. Currently on the faculty of Rowan University, Ed teaches composition, arranging, and conducting. He has been a featured clinician / performer for the All South Jersey High School Jazz Ensemble, the Somers Point Jazz Festival, and the Temple Jazz Festival to name but a few. The RUM Association in Krikstaad, Sweden invited Ed to be a clinician at their summer 2004 big band camp where he directed two ensembles. The week long program culminated in four concerts at various venues including one at the summer residence of the King and Queen. As musical director for the 2006 International Trumpet Guild Big Band, his music was featured throughout the event. The Ed Vezinho / Jim Ward Big Band has just released its third cd in August, 2008 for Dream Box Media. Titled " With Friends Like These" It features the ensemble joined by guest soloists from the tri-state area.