Eddie Brookshire

Contact Information

  • Phone: 937-229-3236
  • Location: FH 483

Eddie Brookshire

Adjunct Faculty, Jazz Bass

  • Adjunct


Eddie Brookshire is a bassist and has performed professionally with the bands of Little Jimmy Scott, Little Johnny Taylor, The Drifters, Lowell Folson, Johnny Lee Hooker, Johnny Guitar Watson, T-Bone Walker, Sandra Reeves-Phillips, and Booty Wood. He has performed with Buddy Webb, Norris Turney, James Newton, Elvin Jones, Cal Collins, Pherez Whitted, Johnny Lytle, Bill Holman, Bob Curnow, Maria Schneider, Claude Williams, Terell Stafford, Snokie Young, Von Freeman, Frank Foster, Jimmy Wilkins, Earl Warren, John Carter, Billy Harper, Benny Maupin, Jay McShan, Roy Ayers, Wilbert Longmire, David "Fathead" Newman, Azar Lawrence, the Afro-Rican ensemble (Afro-Cuban), Five Guys named Moe, and others.

Eddie is a member of the American Federation of Musicians Union and the African American Jazz Caucus Big Band (International Association of Jazz Educators Big Band 2003-2008). Some of the numerous awards Eddie has received include Outstanding Musicianship, at the Elmhurst Jazz Festival during 1985, 1986, 1987 and 1988, Outstanding Bassist at the Ninth Central Ohio and Ohio State University Jazz Festival in 1985 and 1986. He was a member of Northern Illinois University's Down Beat Award winning Philharmonic Orchestra in 1987, the Kishwaukee Community Symphony Orchestra Dekalb, IL in 1988-89, and the award winning Ethnic Ensemble of Central State University at Tri C Jazz Festival Cleveland, OH in 1985. He received the NAFEO Award for excellent performance in Washington, D.C. in 1985-86 and the Presser Foundation Award in 1986-87. He is also listed in The United States Achievement Academy College Directory, 1986-87. He was voted Music Director of the year by Dayton Playhouse for work on the play "Five Guys Named Moe."

Eddie's recordings include The Eddie Brookshire Orchestra on Live TV (Telethon for DATV), the Eddie Brookshire Quintet Bass Notes, The Heartbeat of Jazz in 2007, Roth Patterson's Bluesdaddy and Brown Angel, the Dayton Jazz Orchestra's Swing, Dance, Remember, Friday Night Funk, with Rusty Bryant and The Casual Society and James Newton's Music for Flute.


  • Graduate Studies in World Music Emphasis on Black Music, Northern Illinois University, Dekalb, IL, 1991. Bass studies with Larry Gray
  • Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies, Central State University, Wilberforce, OH, 1986. Bass studies with Debby Taylor
  • Sinclair Community College, Dayton, Ohio, 1980 (One year of study). Bass studies with Michel Walls
  • Studied Acoustic bass with former Thelonious Monk Quartet Bassist Larry Gales, Los Angeles, CA, 1974

Research Interests

  • African Music
  • Jazz
  • Teaching