Session 17 - Eddie Landsberg - The Chords to Say Who I Am

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An internationally respected music theorist and performer, Eddie Landsberg was born and raised in Philadelphia and began classical piano training at the age of 5,  starting Jazz Studies at Philadelphia's famous Settlement Music School in his teens.  Switching to Hammond Organ in his mid 20's, he received his first organ lesson from the legendary Shirley Scott then  studied Jazz composition and performance with Blue Note Recording artist Big John Patton.  Eddie also received guidance from Austin Mitchell (a favorite accompanist of Ella Fitzgerald) and began performing alongside Byard Lancaster and other "old school" Philly and East Coast Jazz and R&B legends.  After recording several CDs which received national air play ( NPR, WBGO and hundreds of radio stations across in the U.S), Eddie became the original factory demonstrator for the Nord Electro keyboard.  Shortly after, he moved to Japan where he spent almost 20 years teaching, leading bandstands and running his own venues.  He has also done  vocal and performance coaching with the Japanese pop group Special Others (Victor Records).

Eddie currently resides in Queens, New York with his wife and three dogs.  He is the creator of the "7 Secrets of Jazz and Soul" Jazz improv series.

Joshua Gootblatt