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June 07, 2017

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Eddie Carr

About Eddie Carr

Eddie discovered the Duke Ellington Orchestra and the London Symphony Orchestra almost simultaneously as a youngster, inspiring him  to write and compose in every style imaginable.  He wrote his first arrangement for jazz ensemble at 13 years old and his first original compositions at fifteen. He studied composition and received a BA in Music from Brigham Young University. He has composed for every type of ensemble from jazz bebop combos to symphonic orchestra.

Eddie developed a deep love for salsa and Caribbean dance music while living in Venezuela, and played nine years with St. Louis’ own Solución Latina salsa orchestra. Two of his Latin compositions, “Busca La Solución” and “Yo Sueño Contigo,” were featured on the their CD, “Find The Solution. “Busca La Solución” was chosen as a Finalist in the GRAMMYs Midwest Regional Songwriting Competition in 2003.

Eddie has created film and theatrical scores, including a dramatic production of Dickens’ “A Tale of Two Cities” for Brigham Young University. His two scores for live
aerobatic performance, “The Laser’s Edge” and “To Fly in Angels’ Skies,” were performed world wide
by World Champion and 7-time U.S. National Champion aerobatic pilot Leo Loudenslager and the Bud Light Air Force Aerobatic Team.

As a jazz trumpeter, pianist, and member of an elite drum and bugle corps, Eddie has performed across the U.S. and Canada, in Russia, and in jazz festivals in Eastern Europe. He has even participated in a Christmas Eve Processional on Margarita Island, just off Venezuela’s Caribbean coast.

has had the pleasure of sharing the stage with such jazz notables as Louis Bellson, Michael Brecker, Jon Faddis, Mike Vax, Jim Widener, Nick Brignola, and Jim Manley.

In The Marching Arts, Eddie has arranged music for, designed drill for, and instructed marching bands and drum & bugle corps throughout the U.S. and Japan, including former Fiesta Bowl and Citrus Bowl Competition Champions The Parkway West High School Longhorns from St. Louis, MO. In addition, he has written drill for the DCI Div. III finalist Drum & Bugle Corps. Eddie was the founding arranger and drill designer for the Sonic City Lancers Drum & Bugle Corps of Omiya, Japan. He has written for or conducted Japanese competition favorites Nishihara High School of Okinawa, and the Utsunomiya Blue Crows.

Currently, Eddie writes for and performs with his own alternative rock combo, The Eddie Carr Five.

You can find Eddie's works in all sections of Jazz Without Borders.

Click here to see Eddie's full Curriculum Vitae (music and academic).

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