Jerry (A. Gerald) Edwards, is a true Renaissance Man.
One of the first African American Scientists to have a responsible position in the Federal Government, he was a Supervisory Physicist with the U.S. Army (Civilian, Now Semi-Retired) and rose to Division Chief. He was a pioneer in the use of computers to model ballistics, and worked with the first analog and digital computers, as well as hybrids of the two.
Born in January 1932 in New York City, he began his musical training in 1939 on piano with his mother, a concert pianist, in European classical music. He added jazz and blues in 1943. Influenced by B.B. King and Muddy Waters, he switched to guitar in the late ‘40’s. Although he later became a physicist and computer scientist, this music was the heart balance for his intellectual and technical life pursuits.
From 1950 to 1954, Jerry played guitar with a jazz band called "The Chords." He played rhythm and blues, modern jazz and other dance music in Brooklyn, NY for a number of years. From 1970 to 1982 in New Jersey, he played bass guitar with the “Soul Esquires" and the "Versatile Esquires. Rhythm and blues, rock, jazz, and "standards" were featured. Since then he has played guitar off & on over the years.
Jerry has been living in Myrtle Beach, SC since 1989. He played weekends at the House of Blues from May through Sept. 1998. He had a gig at the Citroen Bistro in May 2006 during the New Orleans Jazz Festival. In 2007, he had a gig at the New Orleans Connection, a nightclub in North Myrtle Beach, SC. From August 2009, he has had a regular gig on Friday nights at Alluette's Jazz Cafe in Charleston, SC, recently written up in Southern Living Magazine.
Jerry has played Nursing homes, Senior Centers and Assisted Living Places in Myrtle Beach & Conway area monthly since 1990. He currently does 10 per month. He plays blues, jazz, old standards and some “singalongs”, and is available for gigs.