The son of a be-bop era trumpeter who played in Dizzy Gillespies’ jazz orchestra, Bayard was born into a musical legacy that has placed him in the lineage of the great tenor players: Coleman Hawkins, John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins and Eddie Harris to name but a few. Bayard brings pure fire to the bandstand with every performance with his virtuosic style, and has learned to be both explosive and sensitive as the demands of his expression requires. This very gifted, and exciting, reedman began his professional career at the age of 16. He studied music performance at the Berklee School of Music and the Ohio State University School of Music. As a side man Edwin has toured Europe with various jazz groups, and has shared the stage with the likes of Marlon Jordan, Gary Bartz and Donald Byrd. Edwin has also played with alto saxophonist Wes Anderson (Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra), the late great jazz vocalist Betty Carter, and saxophone legend Bennie Maupin.
Bayard has recorded with the legendary Azar Lawrence (Clarion Jazz), Pharez Whitted (Delmark), Mike Wade (Shorty-Bop Records), King “Fruit Bowl” Reeves & Charlie “Bunns” Wilson (Blue Sapphire Records), and Rolando Matias (Lifeforce Jazz). As a leader Bayard has led quartets and trio recording sessions on the BMR label. He is currently finishing a trio project titled Ornette’s Theory and is working on a self-titled hip-hop recording on the Kwerk Label (US3). Edwins’ deep sense of self, history, and philosophical view of life permeates his music in a way that touches all who hear.