About Eddie


Michigan native Eddie Codrington is a saxophonist and composer whose presence in the modern jazz scene is rapidly growing. Codrington’s improvisational style is rooted heavily in the subtle melodicism of the cool jazz tradition and extends to the bold, complex nature of the modern electronic jazz scene. His compositions explore a combination of elements between jazz and other genres such as hip-hop, rock, electronica and classical. His latest works include The Archangel Suite, a four-movement collection written for electronic jazz ensemble and accompanied by live visual projections, and "Obsidian Galaxy," a collaboration project between the Advanced Jazz Ensemble and new music composer Dr. Christopher Biggs. In 2019, Codrington won the Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award for this piece as well as Downbeat Magazine’s award for best collegiate solo in the blues/rock/pop category.

 

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Codrington is the founder and co-leader of the electronic jazz ensemble Lushh, the two-time winning ensemble of Downbeat Magazine’s award for best collegiate blues/pop/rock band of 2017-18. In 2016, Lushh was also featured as artist of the month of October in WMU's publication Western Herald. Lushh released its self titled debut LP Lushh in May 2019 which features The Archangel Suite. In March 2019, Lushh produced a live multimedia presentation of The Archangel Suite as well as a similar project in November 2017 entitled Insight Unsought. Both concerts featured two original suites and live image projections. Insight Unsought additionally featured live painting, and a woodwind quartet. The compositions for Insight Unsought are by Lushh’s guitarist Andrew Saliba.

Codrington earned a BM in Jazz Studies at Western Michigan University where he studied saxophone with Dr. Andrew Rathbun and composition with Dr. David Colson. He’s currently working as the graduate assistant of the saxophone studio while earning his master's degree at WMU.