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Velasco, Edmund (Alfred)

Velasco, Edmund (Alfred), tenor sax; b. Whittier, CA, 1963. His parents (Alfred and Delfina) are not musical however they were great fans of music.

He picked up the tenor sax at the age of ten. He studied saxophone with Thomas Axworthy while attending Imperial Jr. High in La Habra. While attending La Habra High School he studied with Ernest Del Fonte. After high school he studied music at Fullerton College. He continued to study with Ernest. In 1985 he was featured as a soloist with Fullerton College during their performance at the 1985 Playboy Jazz Festival at The Hollywood Bowl. He then continued his studies at California State University, Long Beach under the guidance of John Prince. While attending there he studied with Leo Potts. During this time he also studied with: Bob Shepard, Dave Moody and Albert Alva. Long Beach also opened the 1988 Playboy Festival where Edmund was a featured soloist as well.

Edmund has been leading his own jazz quintet (The Edmund Velasco Quintet) since 1995. The quintet has toured Europe and the East Coast. They have performed at several festival around the world and can be seen regularly at their starting point, Steamers Cafe in Fullerton. They especially known for performances that feature all original compositions by members of the quintet. Edmund has been a member of The Estrada Brother Latin Jazz Band featuring Rueben Estrada for the last few years. They work regularly around Southern California. He is also a regular with the singer Chris Williams and his Quintet. He is curently represented by Jeff Glosky in New York (jviv@jevivent.com) with Jeviv Entertainment.

While attending Cal State, Edmund met his future wife, Wendy Morton, a cello masters student. They are married and have two children, Lauren (b.1993) who currently plays violin and Julian (b.1995).

Prime Time; Unforgettable; Alligator Rhythm (1995); The Blues In Me (2000); Smoke Rises (2003)
'The Blues In Me' was nominated for The Jazz Album Of The Year by The Los Angeles Music Awards

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