Ed Vodicka has been called a true “renaissance” musician. Pianist, arranger, conductor, composer, orchestrator, music producer, music director and performer are just a few of the “hats” that Ed has donned throughout his career. And, he has made his mark as one of the most sought-after musicians by some of the music industry’s top artists and performers.
The LA Times’ Don Heckman described Ed’s performance as “. . . a potent blend of pianistic articulateness and brisk, swinging accompaniment . . .” and critic and jazz author Scott Yanow describes Ed as ” . . . one of the finest jazz pianists currently in the Los Angeles area.”
Equally at home conducting a symphony orchestra or a big band, arranging and producing albums in studio, performing with a jazz trio, creating an electronic MIDI score, or performing on the accordion, electronic or pipe organ, Ed has proven his creative talents and expertise in almost every genre of music, including jazz, classical, country, rock and pop.
Based in both Los Angeles and New York, Ed hails originally from Chicago, where he learned and polished his craft an an early age under the tutelage of some of that city’s “old-school” masters. Ed enjoys the variety of creative opportunities available to him in L.A. and NY, and continues to play, write, produce, conduct and record in every arena of the music industry. In addition to his concert touring throughout the United States either with his trio or as a guest with orchestras, he is a regular in the Hollywood studio scene, performing on soundtracks including the Christopher Walken remake of “Willard,” the Jack Nicholson — Diane Keaton film “Something’s Gotta Give,” “Ice Age 4” and an on-camera cameo in the Emilio Estevez — Demi Moore film “Bobby.”
Ed has also put his talents as a composer/arranger to use in projects ranging from documentary films for the Sundance Film Festival to music for the HBO series “Fat Actress” as well as appearing on-camera in several episodes, including the series finale of “Boston Legal.”
Ed’s trio recording with the late great jazz vocalist Bill Henderson, “Live At The Kennedy Center” has brought him further critical acclaim, as did his sold-out performances with Bill at New York’s Jazz at Lincoln Center. He is currently working on a recording of his popular live program “With Respect to Oscar, Wynton and Red . . . a personal tribute to Oscar Peterson, Wynton Kelly and Red Garland.” Joined by bassist Kirk Smith and drummer Roy McCurdy, it is scheduled for release in 2019.
In addition, Ed’s long-time association with vocalist Josephine Beavers is back in the foreground, with Josephine returning to the studio and live performances after a long hiatus. Ed and Jo’s new album as well as the re-release of their remastered legacy work “Yesterday Is Now” are due in mid 2019.