Acoustic & Electric Bassist/Bandleader/Educator/Arranger/Composer
Eddie was born in Carthage, Miss. Moved to Dayton Ohio at age of 10. Father was a Delta Blues Guitar player; Mother sang in the church choir and played Bongo Drums.
Eddie took piano lessons from ages 7-10 then switched to Clarinet through high school. He was selected to play in the All City Band and Orchestra. He later moved to Los Angeles in 1961 and taught himself Electric Bass. Drafted into the US Army in 63, after being honorable discharged in 65 he toured and recorded with Piney Brown’s Blues Band. He returned to Los Angeles and toured with the Coasters, sometimes backing the Drifters. Eddie again returned to Dayton and formed the fusion band (The Casual Society), which also featured Kahlid Moss(Betty Carter). The band soon joined Rusty Bryant and recorded (Friday Night Funk) with him in 1970. Eddie Returned again to Los Angeles in 1973 and began Acoustic Bass studies with Larry Gales(T. Monk). Eddie later joined the cutting edge jazz group of James Newton, recording Music for Flute (James Newton 1975). Because of family health problems Eddie returned to Dayton and started attending Sinclair Comm. College, then transferred to Central State University in 1983 in the Jazz studies department. He organized the University’s Big band, played in award wining jazz combos and Ethnic Ensembles. He won numerous musicianship awards at jazz festivals. Listed in Who’s Who in colleges, earned BM from Central (1986). He attended Northern Ill. for grad studies in World Music. He studied bass with Larry Grey, also Steel Drums with Cliff Alexis. He was a member of the Down Beat award winning symphonic orchestra, won more musicianship awards and ran jazz combos for the university. Through out college and on completion traveled with Vibe player Johnny Lytle, also backed Little Jimmy Scott, worked in bands of Elvin Jones. Norris Turney, Booty Wood, Sandra Reeves- Phillips. Buddy Webb, Cal Collins, Pherez Whitted. Eddie worked in bands with Karl Allen, Little Johnny Taylor, Lowell Folson, Bill Holman, Bob Curnow, Maria Schneider, Claude Williams, Snokie Young, Von Freeman, Frank Foster, Jimmy Wilkins, Earl Warren, John Carter, Billy Harper, Benny Maupin, Jimmy Owens, Nathan Davis Woody Shaw, Slide Hampton, Gerri Allen, Emily Remler, Rashied Ali, Jay McShan, Roy Ayers, Wilbert Longmire, and David “Fathead” Newman and Azar Lawrence. Former Member of Kishwaukee Comm. Symphony Orchestra, present member of AAJC-IAJE Big Band, listed in The United States Achievement Academy College Directory (86-87), NAFEO award For excellent performance (Acoustic Bass) Recipient of The Presser Foundation Award (Academic) 1986-87). Currently teaching at Sinclair Comm. College, (Bass, Improv, and Jazz Combo) and the University of Dayton, (Bass, Jazz Combos), a Member of A.F.M. Union 101-473 Executive Board, and along with the Quintet he also leads The Eddie Brookshire Big Band.
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GARY ONADY (trumpet) studied classical and jazz trumpet at the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music. While attending Colorado State University graduate school, Gary played lead trumpet with the CSU Statesmen, backing guest artists such as Bill Watrous and Louis Bellson. He also played with the core group of musicians that later formed the jazz-fusion group Kinesis. Moving to New York, Gary worked with the Nine Lives Jazz Ensemble and continued jazz studies under Claudio Roditi. After a two-decade sabbatical from music to pursue a medical career, he returned to southwestern Ohio, re-establishing his jazz roots with local musicians that included Hal Melia, Tim Berens, Eric Sayer, Jim Anderson and Erwin Stuckey.
JACK NOVOTNY (tenor sax, flute, soprano sax) attended North Texas Sate University and upon completion of his studies moved to Philadelphia to play with various jazz ensembles on the east coast. Later, he returned to Cleveland, OH, his birthplace, where he performed as a sideman with R&B acts such as The Manhattans, Edwin Starr, Jimmy Ley’s Blues Idiom, and the Walter Blanding Quartet. During a 20-year stint in the business world, Jack continued to develop his jazz and composition skills, after which he returned to music, moving to Dayton, OH, where he met bassist Eddie Brookshire. Together they formed the Eddie Brookshire Quintet.
MARK LOMAX, II (drums), born in Blacksburg, VA, started playing in local churches at age six and professionally at age 15. He is blessed to have worked with Clark Terry, Nicolas Payton, Ellis Marsalis, Donald Harrison, Wessel Anderson, Victor Goines, Delfeyo Marsalis, Benny Maupin, Billy Harper, Gene Walker, Pharez Whitted and various gospel choirs. Mark has produced and released five recordings as leader. His latest effort, “Lift Every Voice,” was nominated for Best Jazz Album, Artist of the Year, and Best New Artist by the Urban Gospel Industry Awards, Mark won best new jazz artist
Kenny Drew jr. (Piano) was born in New York City, where he started music lessons at age four, studying classical piano with his Aunt Marjorie. Later, he branched out into jazz. Kenny has performed worldwide with a comprehensive variety of musicians that include Stanley Jordan, Out of the Blue, Stanley Turrentine, Slide Hampton, The Jazz Masters, The Mingus Big Band, Steve Grossman, Yoshiaki Masuo, Sadao Watanabe, Smokey Robinson, Frank Morgan, Daniel Schnyder, The Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, The Faddis/Hampton/Heath Sextet, Steve Turre, Jack Walrath, David Sanchez, Jack Wilkins, Michael Mossman, Ronnie Cuber, Steve Slagle, Marlena Shaw, Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Shirley Horn, Teddy Edwards, and Henry Johnson. Kenny has recorded nine albums as a leader and has also performed as leader at such major jazz clubs as Bradley’s, Visions Blue, Fat Tuesday’s, The Village Gate, Trumpets, The Jazz Showcase, Twins Lounge, One Step Down, Montreal Bistro, and Blues Alley. He participated in a performance of Charles Mingus’ composition “Epitaph” under the direction of Gunter Schuller, and has gained a reputation as a classical musician. His Classical repertoire includes Bach, Ravel, Mozart, Hayden, Chopin and Listz as well as music by African-American composers. He won the 1990 Great American jazz piano competition in Jacksonville FL.