Edward "Ed" Joseph Polcer ( born February 10, 1937 in Paterson, New Jersey) is an American cornetist of Dixieland jazz.
Life and work
Polcer, who comes from a musical family, first learned xylophone. Between 1944 and 1950 he received trumpet lessons with James Dittamo and he acted as Solokornettist in the local symphony orchestra. During his studies in mechanical engineering at Princeton University, he played in Stan Rubin's Tigertown Five. After graduating in 1954 he moved to New York City, where he performed in the jazz club Jimmy Ryan's and at Carnegie Hall, but semi Amateur remained; He also played at the wedding of Grace Kelly. In the 1960s he went with Mezz Mezzrow on a European tour. He was in New Jersey for Dixi revival and played there (as well as Warren Vache senior) in the band of Chuck Slate. On the recommendation of Bobby Hackett he was hired by Benny Goodman (1972); He also belonged to the band of Red Balaban (until 1985 ). He was engaged in the house band of Eddie Condon's club, which he also directed temporarily. It was not until 1975 he was a professional musician and took albums with this band, with Jane Harvey and Peter Dean on. He also played with Cathy Chamberlain. Since 1990 he was repeated with the Eddy Condon All Stars in Europe. In 1993 he appeared with Jane Jarvis.
From 1983 to 1985 he was the president of the International Association for Jazz Education.
Disco Graphical Notes
- In the Condon Tradition ( Jazzology, 1982)
- Barbara Lea and the Ed Polcer All Starsat the Atlanta Jazz Party ( Jazzology, 1992, with Ken Peplowski, Marty Grosz and others)
- A Salute to Eddie Condon ( Nagel - Heyer, 1993, with Bob Havens, Bob Haggart, John Barnes and Jim Douglas )
- Coast to Coast Swingin ' Jazz ( Jazzology, 1994)
- Some Sunny Day ( Jazzology, 1994)
- Jammin ' à la Condon ( Jazzology, 1995)
- Let's Do It ( Blewz Manor, 2003)