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Calle, Ed

He is a saxophonist, composer, arranger, teacher and clinician born in Caracas, Venezuela, to Spanish parents and began his interest in music from a very young age. His family re-settled in the United States in 1966 and he took music lessons, deciding to learn the tenor saxophone, at the suggestion of his father.

He took his musical studies in jazz performance at the University of Miami and before his graduation he was already working with several acts such as Miami Sound Machine and Bob James. Not sticking to just music, however, he also managed to get himself a degree in maths at the Florida International University.

His musical career has seen him working as an acclaimed soloist, guest artist and sideman on an international level, playing music that spans the realms of bebop, jazz, Latin and pop, and he has been regularly sought after by many artists to perform with them in concert and in the recording studio. A small portion of these artists includes Christina Aguilera, Michael Bolton, Vicky Carr, George Clinton, Vic Damone, Dion, Placido Domingo, Robin Gibb , Julio Iglesias, Wyclef Jean, Stacy Lattisaw, Jennifer Lopez, Lulu, Dorothy Moore, Nana Mouskouri, Pet Shop Boys, Arturo Sandoval, Jon Secada, Shakira and Will to Power.

Appearing on literally hundreds, if not thousands, of recordings he has released his own Latin Grammy Award nominations Ed Calle Plays Santana and In the Zone as well as Double Talk, Nightgames, Sunset Harbor and Twilight. He also features on others such as Size Isn’t Everything by Bee Gees , Floridays by Jimmy Buffett , Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me by Gloria Estefan, Senor Bolero by Jose Feliciano, It’s All in the Game by Engelbert Humperdinck, Aida by Elton John & Tim Rice , Vuelve by Ricky Martin, Shaman by Santana, Duets II by Frank Sinatra , Star Bright by Vanessa Williams and the soundtracks of Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights, Ringmaster and The Specialist to name just a tiny portion of his huge library of work.

He has worked at his One-Take Recording Studios, performing as a member of the Miami Saxophone Quartet or leading the Fuego Caliente Latin Jazz Orchestra as well as working in the field of musical education.

As a teacher he is the Associate Professor of Music Business and Production at Miami Dade College and as a student he is working on his Doctorate in Higher Education Leadership at Nova Southeasern University. He also works at many of Florida’s universities and colleges as a jazz clinician.

Here he is performing “In a Sentimental Mood”….