(Bio as of August 2013)
Anderson Edwards returns to the Goodman, where he previously appeared in Ain’t Misbehavin’. He is a Helen Hayes Award–winning multi-instrumentalist. After being the composer/bassist/keyboardist for the award-winning play Thunder Knocking on the Door (which ran regionally and off Broadway, and had its most recent production last year at the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park), he has worked as bassist or keyboardist in numerous productions at Black Ensemble Theater. He was the conductor/pianist/actor in Ella at Northlight Theatre in Skokie and the Dallas Theater Center and the music supervisor of Nina Simone: Between the Keys at the Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre in Evanston. He played keyboards or bass for the late Koko Taylor (“Queen of the Blues”) on and off for 20 years. Currently, he is the associate producer and composer for Chicago native Katherine Nero’s upcoming film For the Cause. Mr. Edwards is also the entertainment director for Gibson’s Bar & Steakhouse in Oak Brook and Hugo’s Frog Bar & Chop house in Rivers Casino in Des Plaines. His company, Global Music Works, has launched two community-based jam sessions on the Southside: the Jazz Jam Revival at the 50 Yard Line and the Sunday Soul Jam at City Life Cocktail Lounge.