Ed Puddick graduated from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire in 2004 having studied with Mike Gibbs and Hans Koller. Now a busy freelance composer/arranger, Ed has returned to Birmingham to teach composition to students on the jazz programme.
Ed’s reputation as a composer/arranger was established through his writing for the Ed Puddick Big Band, a 14-piece ensemble for which Ed has written a huge number of works, including ‘Guys & Dolls’ (Diving Duck Recordings, 2010), ‘Jubilee Suite’ (2012) & ‘Only Thelnious’ (2017).
Ed has written for many other groups, including the Birmingham Schools Percussion Ensemble, Bradfield College Big Band (featuring Alec Dankworth in 2015), Essex Youth Jazz Orchestra, Junior Trinity Big Band, London Jazz Orchestra, Marlborough College Big Band and Chamber Orchestra, NYJO, National Youth Jazz Wales, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Jazz Orchestra, Steve Taylor Big Band, Sydney Jazz Orchestra, Wigan Youth Jazz Orchestra (featuring James Morrison in 2011 and Eric Marienthal in 2016) and Zephirus Saxophone Quartet.
Ed has been commissioned to write music for larger-scale projects, including ‘Secret Music’ (Music For Youth, 2014), ‘Near Horizons’ (Joe Allard Commission, 2015), ‘Another Kind Of Imagine’ (Greater Manchester Music Hub, 2016), ‘Beyond Wigan Pier’ (Alan Gregory, 2018), ‘Rhapsody In Blue’ (Swindon Recital Series, 2018), ‘Music Hall Memories’ (Greater Manchester Music Hub, 2019), ‘One Universal Shout’ (Bridgewater Hall, 2019), ‘Wild Man Dance’ (Charles Lloyd/Mike Gibbs, 2019) and ‘Soultime Suite’ (Paul Dunmall, 2019).
In 2018 Ed won the Arranging Prize in the International Composition Competition at the Barga International Jazz Festival, where his winning arrangement of Dizzy Gillespie’s ‘Con Alma’ was performed by US trumpeter Jeremy Pelt.