Donald Edwards has performed globally with some of the finest musicians in jazz and other genres. He has now built his reputation. Donald Edwards has played with Freddie Hubbard, Joey Calderazo, Mingus Big Band, Dynasty & Orchestra, Mark Whitfield, Gregoire Maritt, Tom Harrell , Donald Harrison, Jesse Davis, Kurt Erin, Ralph Bowen, Branford Marsalis, Henry Butler and other jazz superstars, Orrin Evans, Wynton Marsalis, Charlie Hunter, Russell Malone, Dave Holland, Conrad Herwig, Alvin Batiste, Alex Sipiagin, Seamus Blake, Joe Locke, Dave Holland, George Colligan, Joe Locke, Diane Schuur and The Harry Connick Show.
Donald Edward is the recipient of the 2018 American Chamber Music Award for New Jazz Composition, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Jazz Program.
After winning the Louisiana Arts Ambassador Award for composition in 1994, Donald Edwards became one of the most sought-after drummers in the Baton Rouge/New Orleans music scene.
He grew up playing different types of music, from marching band, hip hop and pop to R&B, jazz, funk and gospel. As a result, Edwards is now asked to play many different types of music and encounters them with creative interpretation and virtuosity. Donald Edwards is one of the pioneers in New York today.
As part of a production team conceived in 2005, Dirty Soap Ent has a full-service recording and music production studio. LLC (Donald Edwards w/ Antonio Dyre) works with top artists in jazz and beyond. In 2013, they moved to the Samurai Hotel studio in Astoria to work with lead engineer Dave Stoller.
Edwards recorded 4 albums as leader – “In The Vernacular” (Leaning House label), “Ducktones” (Zoot – T label), “Evolution Of An Influenced Mind” – (Criss Cross label) and “Prelude To Real” Life”- (Criss Cross) and has also been involved in the production of many recording projects.
With skills in and out of Louisiana’s rich and diverse traditions, drummer and composer Donald Edwards is committed to pursuing creative improvisation, compositional development, and rhythmic experimentation through dialectal conversations in the universal language we call music.