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Edwards, Calvin

Edwards, Calvin, jazz guitarist, songwriter, producer; b. Kings Mountain, N.C., 14 May 1957. At the age of six he began to play the guitar. His father, a well-known songwriter, vocalist and guitarist on the gospel scene, helped to shape his carrier. While in high school, Edwards won many talent shows.  At age 17, he joined a gospel group for a number of years, after which he moved to Los Angeles playing in his brother band, the Jett Edwards Band, recording two albums together. Also he did recording with Bobby Womack family.

He currently performs all over Asia and the USA with his band the Calvin Edwards Group. He is also the president of Chasity (sic) Music, which has booked Mark Whitfield, Tuck & Patti, Kei Akagi, Benny Maupin, Hidefumi Toki, Javon Jackson, Ali Jackson,Michael Wolff, and others. He was a producer for a jazz festival in his hometown of Kings Mountain NC on Oct. 12, 2002.

He recorded with Bennie Maupin in Okinawa Japan on Nov.25th 2002, live at Club Rhapsody.

Recordings:
So What, Don't Forget (1995); Let It Flow; Just Swing; That's It

Radio and television broadcasts:
Inter fm radio in Tokyo; Nhk tv live in Tokyo; Tbs tv Tokyo; Sky Perfect TV Tokyo (Echo Colors)

Bibliography:
Interviews:
Japan Times
Blues Alive Magazine
Gaston Gazette
Jazzizz Magazine Usa
Swing Journal
Kings Mtn. Herald
In Store Live Tower Records Tokyo And Okinawa Japan
Mainichi Daily News
Adlib Magazine Tokyo
The American Embassy To Tokyo
Guitar Magazine
Charlotte Jazz Society Jazz Fest '98
Ueno Jazz Fest Inn '98
Afro American Center Charlotte NC
Websites:
http://www.guitar.com/artists/calvinedwards
http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/calvinedwards

Contact information:
www.calvinedwards.com
calvin@calvinedwards.com

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