Eddie Landsberg, MA, Ed.M, B.Mus
An internationally respected music theorist and performer, Eddie 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 his teens. Switching to Hammond Organ in his mid 20's, he received his first organ lesson from the legendary Shirley Scott then studied Jazz composition and performance with Blue Note Recording artist Big John Patton. Eddie 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), Eddie became the original factory demonstrator for the Nord Electro keyboard. Shortly after, he moved to Japan where he spent almost 20 years teaching, leading bandstands and running his own venues. He has also done vocal and performance coaching with the Japanese pop group Special Others (Victor Records).
Eddie currently resides in Queens, New York with his wife and three dogs. He is 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
Eddie is also a distinguished 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)