Ed Love - clarinet & saxophone
Ed Love is a graduate of Omaha Central High School and of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, having earned a Bachelors degree in 1970 and a Master of Music degree in 1972. While at UN-L he studied clarinet with Wesley Reist. He also studied with George Silfies, Principal clarinet of the Saint Louis Orchestra. Although clarinet was his major instrument in college, Ed's first instrument was the alto saxophone. In 1972 he was selected to the All-Star Band at the American Jazz Festival in Washington, D.C. He has performed with many of the greats in jazz, including Clark Terry, Henry Mancini, Don Menza, Victor Lewis, John Fedchock, Bobby Watson and Jay McShann. Ed played clarinet in th Lincoln Symphony Orchestra for 25 years, with the Omaha Symphony for 12 years, and was Principal clarinet in the Opera/Omaha orchestra for 6 years.
A saxophonist with the Nebraska Jazz Orchestra since 1978 and its Music Director since 1979, Ed has been a part of the music scene in Lincoln and Omaha for over 40 years. He taught instrumental music for 38 years, 32 of which were in Lincoln. He enjoys retirement, which gives him more time to practice and take naps.
Ed currently plays clarinet with the Lincoln Municipal Band and the Nebraska Symphony Chamber Orchestra, flute with Coro di Flauti, saxophone with Group Sax, and all of his instruments with his own jazz quartet. He can frequently be found in the orchestra pit for touring Broadway musicals at the Lied Center in Lincoln and the Orpheum Theater in Omaha.