Ed Wise

Professor of Practice, Popular & Commercial Music Theory

M.M. University of North Texas; B.M. University of North Texas

Ed Wise has been performing professionally for over 50 years. He has toured with Harry “Sweets” Edison, Monty Alexander, Al Hirt and the Smothers Brothers. In 1990, he performed with R&B legend Delbert McClinton at the inauguration of President George Herbert Walker Bush. He has performed with Lee Konitz, Mose Allison, Freddie Hubbard and many other notable jazz artists. In 1993, Ed made New Orleans his home, where he taught at Loyola University and worked with Al Belletto, Connie Jones, Tim Laughlin, Ronnie Kole and just about everyone else in town. In 2005, Ed Wise received New Orleans Magazine’s Jazz All-Star award.

After Hurricane Katrina, he relocated to Philadelphia, where he formed his own ensemble, Ed Wise and his New Orleans Jazz Band, bringing traditional New Orleans jazz to the east coast. He also served as musical director for “Penn Jazz”, the jazz band of the University of Pennsylvania.

In June of 2013, Ed came home to New Orleans, where he quickly re-established himself, working with Luther Kent, Tim Laughlin and many others. In the fall of 2014, he returned to Loyola's music faculty. Currently, Ed is on the Popular and Commercial Music faculty, teaching music theory and directing a Contemporary Ensemble. 

Office Location:
126 Communications/Music Complex
Mailing Address: 

Loyola University New Orleans
School of Music
6363 St. Charles Ave.
Campus Box 8
New Orleans, LA 70118

Direct Phone: 
(504) 865-2205
Fax Number: 
(504) 865-2582
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