Edison Herbert is an exciting and emerging UK-based jazz guitarist. Born in Leeds, he started playing the piano as a young boy encouraged by his parents. While studying classical piano at Yorkshire College of Music, he began teaching himself to play guitar.
This passion for the guitar resulted in further studies at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama where he performed with The Guildhall Big Band featuring Randy Brecker at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club. Musician, composer, arranger and bandleader. Edison was musical arranger for the West End musical “Unforgettable” and was musical director on the show’s international tour. He has composed music for BBC Radio 4 performed with The Jazz Warriors, as well as various other artists.
Edison took part in the Sky Arts series Guitar Star, where he performed one of his original compositions for George Benson. Benson commented: “You played the crap out of that!” The two musicians have stayed in touch, and George continues to mentor Edison. Singer songwriter Lianne La Havas jammed with Edison on the same show and she described him as “mega talented”.
Edison heads up a trio featuring Neville Malcom on double bass and drummer Winston Clifford. In 2015 Edison was sponsored by the Arts Council to tour with their first album “My Favourite Tunes”.
Edison’s most recent album, “Time for Love”, was sponsored by The Arts Council. It’s a change of direction with an exciting new band line up and an eclectic mix of original compositions and popular covers, and is out now!
Edison recently discovered the AMP1 Mercury Edition, which was love at first chord! He says: “I was searching for an amp that was portable and that gave a great sound. I tried many different amps and then stumbled upon AMP1 by BluGuitar. I was amazed that such a small amp could be so warm and versatile! I used this amp on my last recording and just love the rich tone I get from it.”
Check out Edison here: edisonherbert.com