Anderson "Sonny" Edwards

                 Anderson “Sonny” Edwards

                Acoustic/Electric Keyboards and Bass

                     1507 E. 53rd St #258 Chicago, Illinois 60615

                     Phone: (800)-261-7042                               




Anderson Edwards is a multi-instrumentalist with over 20 years of experience in the music business.  He is a graduate of Columbia College and has taught music in the public and private sectors.  He has worked on theatrical as well as musical projects worldwide, performing Jazz, Blues, R&B and Gospel. His unique background allows him to work as bandleader or side-man with equal fluidity. 





Certified Substitute for Chicago Public School Systems since 1989

Chicago School for the Performing Arts- Music Instructor 1991-94


Theatrical Projects

-Nina Simone (Under the Keys)-Fleetwood-Jourdain Theater (Evanston, Il)

Written by Ebony Joy-Music Supervisor

-Ain’t Misbehavin’-Goodman Theater (Chicago, Il)

Written by Murray Horwitz & Richard Maltby, Jr-Acoustic Bass

-Ella-Northlight Theater (Skokie, Il), Dallas Theater Center(Dallas, Tx)-Written by Rob Ruggiero-Conductor/Piano/Actor

-Don’t Shed a Tear (the Billie Holiday Story)-

Black Ensemble Theater(Chicago, Il)-Written by Jackie Taylor-Acoustic Bass   

-Don’t Make Me Over (the Dionne Warwick Story)-

Black Ensemble Theater(Chicago, Il)-Written by Jackie Taylor-Acoustic/Electric Bass

-Nina Simone (the High Priestess Speaks)-

Black Ensemble Theater(Chicago, Il)-Written by Jackie Taylor-Acoustic/Electric Bass

-Thunder Knocking on the Door-Northlight Skokie, Il), Guthrie (Minneapolis, MN.), Arena Stage(Washington, D.C.), Cincinnatti Playhouse(Cinncinatti, Oh.), Great Lakes Theater Festival(Cleaveland, Oh.), Old Globe (San Diego, Ca.), Geva(Rochester, NY), Trinity Repertory(Providence, RH), Stanford(Stanford, CN) and (off-broadway) Minetta Lane theater (New York, NY)

Written By Keith Glover,

Music and Lyrics by Keb Mo’ and Anderson Edwards-MD/Composer/Bass/Keyboards  




-The Express (the Ernie Davis story)-(Film)-Musician Extra

-2005 MTV Japan  Awards (TV) appearing with Maria Carey-Acoustic Piano

-Life with American Express (Industrial)- Acoustic Bass

-BET on Jazz with Ramsey Lewis, (TV) appearing with Koko Taylor-Keyboards

-There are No Children Here (TV) Oprah Winfrey-Extra

-Wedding Bell Blues (Indie Film) Written and Directed by Katherine Nero-Composer/Keyboards




-Udeen Sings Nina Simone Live @ BET Theater-Yadina Udeen-(Jazz)-Acoustic/Electric Bass

HipStyler-Tyler-(Japanese R&B)-Electric Bass

-House of Blues Tribute to Janis Joplin-Koko Taylor (Blues)-Keyboards

-In the beginning-Voices of Resurrection (Gospel)-Keyboards/Vocals


Notable Artists


Koko Taylor, Lonnie Brooks, Eldee Young, Otis Clay, Von Freeman, Wynton Marsalis




Helen Hayes Award 1999 Best Musical Director for Thunder Knocking on the Door




Kappa Kappa Psi National Band Fraternity-Life Member

Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity-Life Member

American Federation of Musicians Local 10-208

National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences




Certificate in Sound Engineering-Columbia College

                              B.A. Music Performance-Columbia College

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