Ed Stoute Quintet

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The Ed Stoute Jazz Quintet will be playing at Lenox Lounge in Harlem, Friday and Saturday evening, November 2 and 3rd.

Accomplished jazz pianist, Ed Stoute has been playing piano and creating music for 50 years. A native of Brooklyn, New York, he credits his older sisters with introducing him to music through their playing of the records of masters, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonius Monk and Bud Powell, during his formative years.  Stoute’s interest in the piano began at the age of four when his oldest sister was taking lessons.  Ed taught himself to play until the age of 18 when he began taking formal piano lessons. 

After a stint in the military, Ed returned home to continue his studies at Hartnet Music Studios.  He later found an opportunity to exercise his musical abilities and hone his skills by playing such clubs as the Baby Grand, Moulin Rouge, La Marcal and other clubs throughout New York City.  Ed formed his first trio in 1960 while working with Joe Carroll and Betty Roche.  

In the late 60’s and early 70’s, Ed formed a group called the Jade Three Trio.  After several group changes, he created the Ed Stoute Trio.  From the 60’s through the 80’s, Stoute managed to produce many compositions while working a full time job.

A pianist of worldwide acclaim; Ed Stoute has played in Japan, Brazil, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium and Holland.  His love of jazz and natural ear for music has played a tremendous role in developing his incandescent style and expertise as a tasty and brilliant composer of original tunes and distinctive arranger for standards.  His repertoire ranges from traditional jazz to Brazilian.

Ed Stoute is sought after for a myriad of event themes from political and nonprofit fundraisers to colleges, libraries, concerts, clubs and weddings throughout the country.  To date, he has recorded with Ken McIntyre, Illinois Jacquet, Vea Williams, Brooklyn 4+1 and the Brooklyn Repertory Ensemble.  He has accompanied numerous singers including Dakota Staton, Tullivu Donna Cumberbatch, Cynthia Scott, Vanessa Rubin, Carla Cooke.  Ed has also performed with artists such as James Spaulding, Charles Davis, Bob Cunningham, Harold Vick, Clark Terry and Ray Abrams to name a few.

During the 60’s Ed played with the Illinois Jacquet Quartet and returned to play with Jacquet’s big band in 1998 until his death in 2004 at sites such as Lincoln Center and the Chicago Orchestra Hall.  For the Millennium, Ed is focused on composing and arranging numerous original compositions for the new Ed Stoute Quintet which debuted in October, 2005 at the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture.  Ed recently became a member of the Harlem Renaissance Orchestra which is a favorite of the Jazzmobile and Lincoln Center along with colleges around the country.

Ed Stoute has become well known and admired in Brooklyn and throughout the New York City area by grateful fans.  He has many aficianodos dub Ed Stoute, “Magic Fingers."

Catch incredible pianist, Ed Stoute, along with his awesome music family including, Julian Pressley on alto sax, Keith Loftis on tenor sax, Dave Jackson on Bass, Butch Bateman on Drums Friday and Saturday evening, November 2nd and 3rd at Lenox Lounge located at 288 Lenox Avenue (Malcolm X Boulevard between 124th and 125th Streets).   There will be three shows: 9:00 pm, 10:30 pm and 12:00 midnight.  $20.00 cover per set, 2 drink minimum per set.  (212) 427-0253  www.lenoxlounge.com .

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