Bassist and Composer
Hailing from Dallas, Texas, Edwin was exposed to music early in his life. He was in the choir and played saxophone in the symphonic band in his adolescence and joined the orchestra in high school. He studied with Roger Fratena(assistant principal double bass) of the Dallas Symphony and Dr. Mark Foley.
After receiving his BM in music performance he relocated several times in pursuit of new musical terrain. In his various travels he has played and recorded with many notable artists and masters. Edwin has performed and or recorded with: The Wichita Symphony Orchestra, Elvin Jones, Ellis, Delfeayo, and Jason Marsalis, The Headhunters, Los Hombres Calientes(Grammy nominated Latin Jazz album), Bill Summers, Munyungo Jackson, Donald Harrison Jr., Alvin Batiste, Ronnie, Eloise and Debra Laws, Javier Vercher, D.J. Logic, David”Fathead”Newman, John Beasley, Deron Johnson, Otmaro Ruiz, Mike Garson, Justo Almario, Leni Stern, Kevin Toney of The Blackbyrds, Will Kennedy, Peter Erskine, Vince Wilburn Jr., Marvin "Smitty" Smith,Jimmy Branly, Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez, Roy McCurdy, Ndugu Chancler,Tootie Heath, Joe LaBarbera, Mike Clark, Les McCann, Wayne Henderson, Hot Buttered Rhythm, Gecko Turner, Henry Butler, James Clay, Barbara Morrison, Queen Latifah,The Benjamin Wright Orchestra, Russell Ferrante, A Race of Angels, Disney, Bob Mintzer, Arthur Verocai, Stanley Jordan, Richard Marx, Billy Vera, WILL.I.AM,Justin Timberlake, Aloe Blacc, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Natalie Cole and many others.
In addition to a full playing, touring, and recording career he is also on the faculty at USC(University of Southern California), teaching bass & combos in the jazz studies department.
Edwin has also appeared in several feature films, RAY and Dreamgirls, and has performed on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Today Show, Live with Regis and Kelly and the A & E show “Private Sessions” with Queen Latifah and Programa do Jô, in Sao Paulo, Brazil
Edwin has also performed in the musical productions of Stormy Weather starring Leslie Uggams, Ain't Misbehavin' and SPAMALOT starring John O'Hurley.
He has two CD’s as a leader performing original music, The Edwin Livingston Group and Transitions.
• “…. bassist Edwin Livingston performed with a classically informed virtuosity that recalled Richard Davis. A few minutes later, Livingston switched to electric and delivered the funky lines.…..”
Aaron Cohen, Down Beat Magazine
•“….I’ve seen Livingston before with Leni Stern, and knew he was a quick study and a supertechnician, but his solos this time made me sit up -- the
articulation, the coherence of his ideas, the cleanness of his
arco work when he pulled out the bow and etched double-
stop runs down the length of the neck….”
Greg Burk, Metal Jazz.com
•Edwin is featured in the August 2002 issue of Bassplayer magazine.
•Edwin plays,endorses, and uses Aguilar bass amps, DR electric bass strings, COLOSSAL CABLE, PERFORMANCE basses, MOON basses, Planet Waves & D'ADDARIO double bass strings.
Edwin is also available for sessions, touring, lessons, scoring, and Finale charts. Contact him via the contact page for rates and more information.
When he isn't performing in festivals and venues throughout the world he resides in Los Angeles, California.