Anderson "Sonny" Edwards



AndersonEdwards Musician/Composer/MD/Instructor-is a native Chicagoan and a graduate of Columbia College.  He has taught music in the public and private sector of the Chicago Public School system.


 Anderson has traveled worldwide and performed in clubs, concerts and festivals with a wide range of artists from Wynton Marsalis and Eldee Young to Otis Clay and Koko Taylor.  Over the years he has opened for acts such as Brandy, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, Huey Lewis and the News and Buddy Guy. 


Anderson's recording credits extend from Classical, Gospel and Jazz to R&B, Blues and House music.  Most notably Anderson scored the music to the Katherine Nero film "Wedding Bell Blues," recorded with Koko Taylor on the “House of Blues tribute to Janis Joplin.”  Anderson has recorded with Japanese recording artist Tyler on her “Hipstyler” album as well as appearing in a Japanese industrial commercial for American Express.  He recorded with Evelyn & Rev. Donald Gay on their “Gospel Sounds” album.


Most notably he was a co-composer with Sony recording artist Keb Mo' in the Keith Glover musical hit "Thunder Knocking on the Door".  As Musical director from ’97-’99, the show received 3 out of 6 nominations for the Helen Hayes Awards of which he won for Best Musical Direction.  The show ran an off-broadway production in the summer of ’02 at the Minetta Lane Theater.  During that time “MOVIN’ ON” (the final song of the show, composed by Anderson) was performed on the ABC show THE VIEW by Marva Hicks (one of the stars of the show) and the pit band with Anderson on bass.  The show was subsequently nominated for the OBIE awards. 
He’s currently in Chicago performing in a myriad of capacities from solo piano to Blues/or Jazz Bass. Since "Thunder", Anderson has debued as an actor on stage as well as been a musical supervisor, appeared in the EXPRESS with Dennis Quaid, modeled in an international catalog for Tama drums '05-'08, along with periodically performing behind Koko Taylor until her death in '08.   He's one of the few multi-instrumentalist who’s comfortable on any stage.

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