Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
Brookshire, Eddie (Lee)
Brookshire, Eddie (Lee), acoustic and electric bassist, educator; b. Carthage, Miss, 18 August 1941. He moved to Dayton, OH in 1950 with parents March (1917) and Ora (1918) and sister Delphine (1938). His father played delta blues guitar, and his mother and sister sang in church choirs. He has three sons, Derek (1965), Eddie (1971), and March (1976) and one daughter Myra (1968).
Eddie had piano lessons from age 9-12years then took clarinet lessons through high school where he played in All City Band and Orchestra. After moving to Los Angeles in 1961 taught himself electric bass. Drafted into the US Army in 1963. After being honorably discharged in1965, he toured with Piney Brown's blues band. Then returned to Los Angeles and toured with The Coasters, sometimes backing the Drifters. Returning to Dayton OH, he formed a fusion band The Casual Society with Fred Masey (Drums), Kahlid Moss (Piano), Harold Yound (Guitar), and Norman Jones (percussion). The band soon joined Rusty Bryant (Sax) and in 1970 recorded Friday Night Funk For Saturday Night Brother (Rusty Bryant 1971). Returned again to Los Angeles in 1973 and began studying acoustic bass with (Monk's bassist) Larry Gales. Joined the cutting edge jazz group of James Newton (Flute) recording Music for Flute! (1975).
Finding himself back in Dayton, he attended Sinclair Comm. College, transferred to Central State Univ. in 1983 in the Jazz Studies department and developed a big band for the university. He played in award wining jazz combos and Ethnic Ensemble. Won numerous musicianship awards at jazz festivals. He's listed in Who's Who in Colleges and earned his BM from Central (1986). He attended Northern Ill. Univ. for grad studies in World Music. Studied with bassist Larry Grey, and steel drums with Cliff Alexis, was member of Down Beat award winning symphonic orchestra won more musicianship awards and ran jazz combos for Univ.
Throughout college and on completion played and toured with Johnny Lytle (Vibes) also backed Little Jimmy Scott (vocalist) and worked in bands of Evin Jones (drums), Norris Turney (alto), Booty Wood (trombone), Carll Allend (drums), Claude Williams (violin), Snooky Young (trumpet), Lowell Fulson (vocal) and also toured with Galen Abdur-Razzaq (flute).
He created the Eddie Brookshire Orchestra and established along with Brenda Flowers (vocalist and trombone), the Eddie Brookshire Brenda Flowers Quartet. He served as vice-president and recorded with Dayton Jazz orchestra (Swing Dance Remember). He has worked the Sandra Reeves-Phillips Show and toured with The Five Guys Named Moe show. After local presentation of the show, he was awarded Music Director of Year, and awarded Outstanding Contributions in Time, Talent, & Devotion to the Music World by The Musicians & Entertainment Family and Friends
He continues to teach acoustic and electric bass and Jazz Combos at Sinclair Comm. College and at the Univ. of Dayton in Dayton Ohio