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M.M., University of North Texas
B.M., University of North Texas
String Bass
Applied Bass


Instructor, Jazz Bass

Jazz bassist and Texas native Ed Wise has been performing professionally for well over forty years, and has toured with Harry “Sweets” Edison, Monty Alexander, Al Hirt, and the Smothers Brothers. In 1990, he performed with R&B legend Delbert McClinton at the inauguration of President George H.W. Bush. In addition to his touring career, Ed has performed with Lee Konitz, Mose Allison, Herb Ellis, and Jim Hall.

In 1993, Ed joined Loyola University as an instructor and moved to New Orleans, where he established himself as a mainstay in the city's jazz scene and worked with Al Belletto, Connie Jones, Tim Laughlin, Ronnie Kole, and many others. In 2005, New Orleans Magazine honored Ed with a Jazz All-Star Award.

Due to the events and aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Ed relocated to Philadelphia, where he served as the musical director of the University of Pennsylvania's jazz band, led his own ensemble, and continued his freelance career touring throughout the northeast.

In June of 2013, Ed returned to New Orleans and resumed his freelance career, once again providing the musical “bottom line” for artists including Luther Kent, Topsy Chapman, and Tim Laughlin. In the fall of 2014, he returned happily to his former position at Loyola, where he teaches jazz bass and directs a jazz combo.

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