Eddie Landsberg, MA, Ed.M, B.Mus
An internationally respected music theorist and performer, I was born and raised in Philadelphia and began classical piano training at the age of 5, starting Jazz Studies at Philadelphia's famous Settlement Music School in my teens. Switching to Hammond Organ in my mid 20's, I received my first organ lesson from the legendary Shirley Scott then studied Jazz composition and performance with Blue Note Recording artist Big John Patton. I also received guidance from Austin Mitchell (a favorite accompanist of Ella Fitzgerald) and began performing alongside Byard Lancaster and other "old school" Philly and East Coast Jazz and R&B legends. After recording several CDs which received national air play ( NPR, WBGO and hundreds of radio stations across in the U.S), I became the original factory demonstrator for the Nord Electro keyboard. Shortly after, I moved to Japan where I spent almost 20 years teaching, leading bandstands and running my own venues. I have also done vocal and performance coaching for Victor Records in Japan.
I currently reside in Marlton, NJ with my wife and dogs and am the creator of the "7 Secrets of Jazz and Soul" Jazz improv series.
BA in Music, Thomas Edison State University;
MA Liberal Studies (focus on Ethnomusicology and Critical Jazz Studies), Rutgers University (Capstone with Honors);
Ed.M, Rutgers University, specializing in Adult Education
Japanese Jazz: From Foreign Commodity to Cultural Trope
Recordings | Publications
I am also a NYSED licensed ESOL and Literacy Instructor. (CV as educator.)
"Eddie plays with a sincere and reverent nod to history and tradition. His appreciation for those who made their contributions and yet received minimal acknowledgment from the music industry, is revealed in this latest quest to perform the music he truly loves in life. Eddie feels that far too many organists lean toward Jimmy Smith and fail to understand the rambunctious and raucous swing style of those who preceded Jimmy. "Back in the day", says Eddie, "People were dancing with the Jazz they heard. I want my music to be fun and joyous like that...and this album leans towards this". Eddie feels that it's not just about show-off solos but also more about the feeling one can create...and the humanistic thrill Jazz Organ can elicit."
Pete Fallico (liner notes, REMEMBERING EDDIE JEFFERSON)
Live @ Tokyo's BURGLAR, 2003
tdemo/Nord Electro, 2002 (click to listen)