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William Edwards slid into the world in 1959
At about the same time, young Bill had learned how to make intelligible melodies on the melodeon, a sort of annoyingly shrill mouth-blown keyboard. He was eager to demonstrate each new melody to his mother, who was not always so receptive to such events at 6 a.m. The ultimate solution for channeling this talent was for her to ask Grandpa to get a piano. Being that the Kawai that was purchased outweighed young William by some 250 pounds, it could not be dragged down the long hall into her bedroom in the early morning hours for dawn concerts. It also allowed him a channel for his burgeoning talents and an escape from some of the more harsh aspects of the reality at that time. Eventually the reality of ragtime would become a part of his passion.
The budding musician quickly took hold of the instrument (but still could not lug it down the hall), and was soon demonstrating his skills at The Old Mill, Merrily Merrily, and Yes Sir That’s My Baby. By the age of eleven, Bill was equally versed in Beethoven, Bacharach, Beatles, and Bawdy Ragtime songs. By fifteen, he had learned half of the Scott Joplin catalog and most of Elton John’s and Billy Joel's. Bill spent the majority of his secondary school years in front of a piano, and also learned piano tuning and repair to boot.
After receiving a broadcasting degree (AA) from Los Angeles Valley College, Mr. Edwards moved from the increasingly congested,
The name "Perfessor" was adopted on his behalf in reference to early ragtime piano players. Their official title was often "Professor", but pronunciations routinely aberrated the word into "Perfessor."
Back to the story. While he had several varying careers in a number of fields, including radio broadcasting a stint as an entertainment reporter for the Durango Herald, Bill had earned a music degree in Durango from Fort Lewis College. He then had an opportunity to play on the East Coast and left for the Washington D.C. area in late 1986. The original opportunity did not pan out quite as promised, but Bill ended up spending eight years playing for the Fish Market restaurant and entertainment venue, and has since played everything from Jazz to Classical to Rock in other venues around the Nation’s Capital. This included a Christmas performance at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Mr. Edwards has also performed with many prestigious traditional jazz bands, and worked with or opened for a variety of well-known artists, including Dave Brubeck, Al Hirt, Mel Tillis and Jo-Ann Castle.
In the mid-1980’s, the "Perfessor" started making appearances at the World Championship of Old-Time Piano Playing
Since 1984, Mr. Edwards has amassed an impressive repertoire of over 40 CD recordings,
"Perfessor" Bill Edwards has appeared one or more or even numerous times in the following venues:
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