Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
Partyka, Ed (Edward A.)
Partyka, Ed (Edward A.), bass trombonist, tubist, composer, arranger, conductor; b. August 23rd 1967, Chicago. His parents are Ed Partyka b. 1943, Chicago Illinois / Mary Partyka 1946 Chicago Illinois. His siblings are Ken Partyka 1969 Chicago Illinois - Saxophone player, and Diane Partyka 1972 Chicago Illinois.
He studied 1985-1990 and got a BA degree from Northern Illinois University before moving to Germany in 1990. He completed a Masters degree 1990-1993 in jazz trombone performance at the Conservatory of Music in Cologne, studying with Jiggs Whigham, where he was then 1993-5 a member of the G.E.M.A. Jazz Composers Workshop, led by Bob Brookmeyer. He was recipient of the 2000 "A.S.C.A.P / I.A.J.E. Commission Honouring the Centenary of Louis Armstrong". He was 1st prize winner of the 1998 "NDR Musikpreis" (Hamburg), 1st prize winner of the Jazz Composers Alliance 1998 Julius Hemphill Composition Awards (Boston) and finalist in the 1996 HR Emerging Composers Competition (Frankfurt).
Ed has toured and recorded with the Vienna Art Orchestra, the Bob Brookmeyer New Art Orchestra, WDR Big Band and NDR Big Band. He is Musical Director of the Sunday Night Orchestra, Concert Jazz Orchestra Vienna and his own band, the Ed Partyka Jazz Orchestra. Ed has also appeared as a guest conductor with the HR Big Band, NDR Big Band, RIAS Big Band, RTV Big Band Slovenia and Big Band Oslo.
His wife is Uta von Dietze.