Edward Wynne was born in July of 1966 in Portland Oregon and grew up on a 16-acre farm outside Carlton Oregon, 40 miles south-west of Portland. After learning the recorder at age 10, he decided to play the saxophone because it looked cool in the case. At age 12 he discovered the stage and began an interest in acting and singing at the Gallery Players Theater of Oregon. The saxophone was left in the closet for the next three years. When Ed turned 13 he began home schooling and spent most of his time riding motorcycles and performing at the Gallery Players Theater of Oregon.
Ed moved to Southern California at the age of 15. He picked up the sax again and throughout high school played tenor, alto, soprano and baritone saxophone while continuing to act and sing. At the age of 16 Ed answered an ad out of a local newspaper, "oldies band looking for sax player". This band, "The Die Hards" became Eds first working situation. While singing and playing 50's & 60's music in the Die Hards he also played sax in his high school jazz band, concert band and marching band. He also joined an original ska and rockabilly band with some high school friends, The Mana Rays.
After graduating from high school Ed spent part of a year at Cal. State Fullerton where he became friends with trumpet player Tony Guerrero. Tony & Ed started a jazz and jazz fusion band called Vision. Vision worked the Orange County jazz circuit in the mid 80's and just missed getting signed. At the last minute the record company decided to sign Tony to a solo contract because he had written most of the bands original material. This experience taught Ed the importance of writing music. He began co-writing music in various styles, practicing the craft of song writing while continuing to play live. By the time he was 21 Ed had played with greats like Roy "Guitar" Gaines, Ronnie Laws, Roland Batista, The Platters and Bill Medley.
By 1987 Ed was a mainstay on the South Central L.A. Club Scene playing places like Marla Gibbs Memory Lane, The Total Experience, Freddy Jets Pied Piper, The Dodger Club and The Page Four. He spent most of his nights playing soul, funk and R&B at the Page Four in the Late Night Express band, Monday night at Memory Lane with the Whodunit Blues Band which included serious blues men Keb Mo, Charlie Tuna, Monk Higgins and Lermon Howard and Tuesday night jams at Memory Lane with Del Atkins (Anita Baker) and Herman Jackson (Whitney Houston & Stevie Wonder). The Late Night Express backed up local R&B singer Greg Rose of the Rose Brothers. Ed spent over a year in this band with fellow side man Grammy winning guitarist and singer Keb Mo.
In late 89 and early 1990 Ed toured with Vesta Williams on her For You Tour. In 1991 Ed was hired by Universal Studios Hollywood to play the part of Blue Lou in the Blues Brothers Rhythm & Blues Review. During his 7 years with the Blues Brothers Show Ed continued to find time to play various gigs and dates for T.V. including the ABC All-Star Pro Sports awards show with Buster Poindexter, a live broadcast from the Universal Amphitheater. Ed co-wrote, co-produced and sang all the lead vocals on the CD, Sneakin In for the band Bad Karma (e-mail me for a CD). Bad Karma featured Ed on lead vocals, Rick Zahariades on guitar (co-writer and co-producer), Matt Laug on drums (Slash's band Snakepit & Alanis Morrisette's Jagged Little Pill) and Lance Morrison on bass (Don Henley & Alanis Morrisette's Jagged Little Pill). Three songs from the bands first CD have been heard in T.V. movies for Disney, Hallmark and A&E. Ed played Reggae and World Music in Tropical Waves and The World Peace Posse. Ed also produced five summers of musical entertainment for Universal Studios which included everything from a 4 piece beach band to a 10 piece Blues Brothers show band. Ed produced these bands from concept to completion serving as producer, musical director, horn choreographer, contractor, payroll service, saxophonist and lead singer.
After many years at Universal Studios and other Southern California theme parks Ed decided to hit the road a little and took the job of Musical Director for the Emmy Winning performer Wayne Brady of Whose Line Is It Anyway and the Wayne Brady Show. After a year with Wayne Brady Ed joined the Frankie Valli band and then went on the road with The Doobie Brothers for their 2002 summer tour. Currently Ed Wynne can be heard as a contributing writer, saxophonist and vocalist on the weekly W.B. T.V. series Grounded For Life. Ed Wynne can be seen performing live with The Al McKay All-Stars and Ellis Hall & The Truth.
On Camera Recordings / Performances The Al McKay Allstars Live in Lithuania DVD The Power of Freedom Festival / ABC-TV Houston, music on KLDE 107.5 FM w/ The Doobie Bros The Martin Short Show / Musical Director, Sax, Horn Arranger & Contractor for Wayne Brady The Fox Morning Show / Channel 11 KTLA Morning News with Miss America Leanza Cornet / Channel 5 Mighty Joe Young Starring Bill Paxton & Charlize Theron/ Disney Performance Anxiety - Co-Host (Sidekick), Musical Director & Band Leader / Pasadena Cable ABC All-Star Pro Sports Awards Live w/Buster Poindexter, Universal Amphitheatre /ABC Beaches Starring Bette Midler & Barbara Hershey / Touchstone Shout! T.V. Pilot Starring Bill Medley and Mary Wilson / Scottie - Vineage Televisin Off Camera Television and Film Recordings (Partial List) Grounded For Life, The W.B. - Currently contributing writer, vocalist & saxophonist Off Center, The WB - Contributing writer, vocalist and saxophonist for one season That 80's Show, FOX - Contributing writer, vocalist and saxophonist for one season Inside Schwartz, ABC - Contributing writer, vocalist and saxophonist for one season That 70's Show, FOX - recorded vocals and sax The Drew Carey Show Promos & Episodic Ques- recorded sax Will & Grace Promos- recorded sax The Parenthood Promos - recorded sax Suddenly Susan Promos - recorded sax Double Platinum - W/ Brandy & Diana Ross / Columbia TriStar - 3 ques co-wrote & played sax The Echo of Thunder - Starring Judy Davis / Hallmark - 1 song co-wrote, co-produced, vocals Performance Anxiety T.V. Series - Theme Song & Bumpers - co-wrote and played live to tape Thin Air / A & E Entertainment - 1 song co-wrote, co-produced, recorded vocals You Lucky Dog / Disney - 1 song co-wrote, co-produced, recorded vocals Hollywood Nights T.V. Pilot Theme Song Got To Believe - co-wrote, co-produced, vocals & sax The Blues Brothers Show ( 7 years) / Universal Studios Hollywood Album Credits The Al McKay Allstars Live In Lithuania 2 disc set The Al McKay Allstars Live At Mt. Fuji Japan Acrylic Joe, Sneakin In - co-produced, co-wrote all songs, recorded vocals Bobcat, Cat Got Your Tongue - Arista - recorded sax Tony DiMito, Lower Acre Wolf - Bind Music - recorded sax Tony Guerrero, Tiara - Nova Records - recorded sax Belise, Belise - Paisley Park-Warner Bros. - recorded sax Aldin Birdette, The Lion In Me - Dur Music - recorded sax Roberta Kelly, Sound Of Colour - Weltbild Mus. - recorded sax Brenton Wood, Thats The Deal - Beck Wood - sax Brenton Wood, A Classic By Design - Golden Oldies - recorded sax Lora Doncea, Lady Sings - Sparrow Records - sax