Chris Edwards, Professional Percussionist, Educator

Favorite pair of Chord & Majors: Rock Major 8'13

Chord & Major earphones review: “The Chord & Major in-ear headphones are some of the best high-fidelity earbuds on the market. In my business, I have to listen through a lot of different headphones and ear buds, but I fell in love with Chord & Major’s Rock ear buds. These buds make listening to music an absolute joy!”

Quote: “Good Music = Good Life. So listen, Boldly”.

Influences: Drums: Hal Blaine, Jabo Starks, Bernard Purdie, Vinnie Colaiuta. Percussion: Ralph MacDonald, Bill Summers, George Jinda, Bobby Sanabria.

What’s currently on your playlist: the P-Funk Live at Metropolis box set. The new Beatles 1+ Deluxe Edition which includes all of the promo films the band made back in the ‘60’s. Prince’s new CD, Hit n Run. Vince Guaraldi’s A Charlie Brown Christmas.


Biography: Chris has been a part of the Chicago music scene for over 20 years, but he frequently plays all over the Midwest and occasionally on the East and West coasts. He’s had the opportunity to work with a wide range of fantastic musicians including Patti LaBelle, Nora Jean Bruso, Buddy Guy, Voices of Resurrection, Koko Taylor, Kid Ramos, Gloria Shannon, Shades of J, The Rebel Roots, Sing To Live, Donald Lawrence, Buddy Miles, Carl Davis and many others.

 That’s a lot of experience playing before audiences in clubs, theaters, festivals and arenas. And that experience includes opening dates for a wide variety of acts including Bobby Blue Bland, Toni Tony Tone, Jimmy Smith, The Guess Who and Michael Henderson.

Chris has extensive studio experience and appears on CD’s by The Rebel Roots, Voices of Resurrection and DadaBeat. He’s also appeared on several ABC, CBS, WGN and BET TV shows and recorded a handful of local commercials.

Additionally, Chris is an educator, who’s taught privately for over 13 years, building relationships throughout the Chicagoland elementary, secondary and collegiate communities. He has been a three time Regional judge for “guitar center drumoff”, Guitar Center’s annual Drumoff. In 2007, he was accepted as a Rockcamp USA instructor. His articles, reviews and photographs have been published in Modern Drummer magazine. Edwards is a long time member of the Jazz Institute of Chicago and The Percussive Arts Society.

Currently, he can be found occasionally playing percussion with The Four Tops. Chris also tours on drums with blues guitarist Chainsaw Dupont. Throughout the year, Edwards also works as the principal percussionist of The Rising Star

Live Performances: Around Chicagoland and surrounding states. Chris also plays percussion for community and commercial theater groups.

Other events/projects: Just completed being the understudy drummer for “Ring of Fire –The Music of Johnny Cash” a musical about the history of Johnny Cash. Also doing work with Sing to Live, a choir made up of breast cancer survivors that are about to tour nationally. STL’s next series of concerts, in April, will feature the music of Lennon and McCartney.

Cool fact: Chris almost got run over by Prince and his band back in the early ‘80’s. Chris attended the University of Cincinnati, back then and Prince would occasionally test out new material at a small club called, Bogarts. In 1980, Prince used Bogart’s to preview the entire "Dirty Mind" album just before its release. The following day, Chris was about to cross an intersection near the club, when a station wagon zoomed around the corner and slammed to a stop. Inside the station wagon were Prince and his entire band, howling with laughter. They waved and sped off down the road.

Music links: Chris wants you to hear this:

***Recording coming soon***