Edmar Colón is a saxophonist, pianist and composer from Coamo, Puerto Rico, currently living in Boston.
Colón was awarded the prestigious Presidential Scholarship and graduated from the Berklee College of Music with a dual major in Performance and Classical Composition. As part of his undergraduate studies, Edmar was a student at the Berklee Global Jazz Institute directed by Danilo Pérez and Marco Pignataro. He went on to complete his Master’s degree in Global Studies at the Berklee Global Jazz Institute.
Edmar has toured and played in venues and events such as the Detroit Jazz Festival, Puerto Rico Heineken Jazz Festival, Toronto Jazz Festival, Panama Jazz Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival, and Monterrey Jazz Festival, among others. He recently played in the Kennedy Center for the Arts Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival, Abbey Lincoln tribute tour with Grammy-award recipients Terri Lyne Carrington, Esperanza Spalding, Dianne Reeves and Dee Dee Bridgewater. Colón has performed with artists such as Joe Lovano, John Patitucci, Danilo Pérez, Danny Rivera, Hal Crook, Kenny Werner, Lionel Louke, John Michel Pilc, Patti Austin, Ledisi, Judith Hill, David Sanchez, Arturo Sandoval, George Garzone, Luis Enrique and Ivan Lins, among other notable artists of various musical genres.
In 2016, Colón was awarded the Latino 30 Under 30 Award New England from the El Mundo newspaper. He was also awarded first prize at the "Keep An Eye" International Jazz Awards in Amsterdam as a part of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute. In 2017, he was honored in the annual Patron Saint festivities of his hometown of Coamo, Puerto Rico.
As a writer in the last two years Edmar has worked with some of the biggest names in Jazz. In 2018 Colón was the copyist for Wayne Shorter’s newest orchestral work, an opera. During the same year Edmar was commissioned to write a 30 minute long orchestral piece for the Detroit Jazz Festival Symphony Orchestra. Also in 2018, he wrote the orchestrations for the piece “12 Little Spells” of Esperanza Spalding’s most recent album by the same name. On December of that year, Edmar worked as copyist/arranger for the Kennedy Center Honors award ceremony honoring Wayne Shorter. In addition, the young saxophonist worked as the arranger/orchestrator for Terri Lyne Carrington’s upcoming album.
Today, Edmar Colón is working on an orchestral commission by the National Symphony Orchestra for a number of concerts celebrating the centenary of Nat King Cole, as well as working on original material with a new working band for his debut album as Saxophonist and Composer.