Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
Neiderhiser, Ed (Edward A.)
Neiderhiser, Ed (Edward A.), trumpet, flugelhorn, piccolo trumpet, composer, arranger b. Greensburg, PA.27 May 1947. Grew up in Erie, PA. He currently lives in North Wales, PA. His father is Charles F. Neiderhiser, Jr. (1925) and his mother is Lida G. nee Kebernick (1922). His brother is Frederick G. Neiderhiser (1951).
Neiderhiser got his B.A. (1969) at Thiel College, Greenville, PA. He got his M.Div. (1973)at Lutheran Theological Seminary, Gettysburg, PA. He got his Ph.D. (1978) at Dropsie College, Philadelphia, PA. Performer, composer, arranger in classical, liturgical, R&B, and jazz venues. Performed with Khan Jamal, Father John D'Amico, Odean Pope, Tony Williams (sax), Eddie Green, et al. Member of the Philadelphia Jazz Composers Forum (late 90's). He is an ordained Lutheran Minister (1977) and prison chaplain (State Prison, Graterford, PA). Developer and administrator, Philadelphia Center for Creative Liturgy and the Arts, providing Jazz Vespers programs in the Philadelphia area since 1986. Active promoter of Jazz Worship Services since 1969. Recognized for contribution to the jazz community by Musicians in the Community, 2/26/01.
His wife Sally Ada-Marie nee Kavash (b. 1952), a former mental health worker, is a poet and painter. His daughter is Christy L. Dougherty (nee Neiderhiser) (1972), his son is Joshua E. Neiderhiser (1977) and his step-son is A. Jason Wallace (1978).
Omar Hill: Tribes of the Future (2001); Jazplash: Jazplash (2002); A Touch of Brass: Studio Break (2002).
"Jazz Liturgy," Journal of Church Music, February and March 1981;
"Gone in the Air," b flat, bebop, scat, jazz short stories and poems, ed. Parker, Quartet Books, London, 1988; "Worship and All That Jazz," Tempo, fall 1988.
Articles about Niederhiser
"Minister Jazzes up Services," North Penn Reporter, March 11, 1988; "Jazz Joins the Church," The Lutheran, March 22, 1989; "Philly's Joyous Noise," downbeat, May 1990; "Where Arts, Worship Entwine," Philadelphia Daily News, September 8, 1990; "Beyond Category," Jazz Times, December, 1993; "Musical Honor," Philadelphia Inquirer, May 12, 1996; "Church Group self-releases Jazz CD," North Penn Reporter, July 21, 2002.