About

Zubin Edalji’s introduction to music came at an early age; barely able to walk, he was volunteered by his family to begin a conservatory piano and violin curriculum. While not much for discipline at this age, Zubin was fascinated by the sounds the instruments could make — especially the piano. Immediately, he became interested in creating his own music, and particularly liked the sound of all ten fingers landing arbitrarily on the keyboard.

Once it became time to pick an instrument to learn in grade school, Zubin selected the trumpet because of its visual presence and warm sound. He became exposed to jazz music through his first trumpet teacher, Gary Slavo — a veteran of the Stan Kenton Orchestra. Recordings by Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter, Horace Silver, Kenny Dorham, John Coltrane, Art Blakey, and Tom Harrell had an especially profound effect.

Zubin has grown into an ambitious and versatile jazz trumpet player and composer. A finalist in the 2015 Carmine Caruso International Jazz Trumpet Solo Competition, Zubin has been mentored by some of the world's greatest musicians such as Tito Carrillo, Ralph Alessi, Laurie Frink, Brian Lynch, and Kenny Werner. Zubin's teachers played an integral part in developing his musicianship — evident through his trumpet sound, original compositions, and arrangements. He has been honored to perform at iconic venues like the Blue Note (New York), the Jazz Gallery (New York), the Jazz Showcase (Chicago), the Green Mill (Chicago), Andy's (Chicago), the Blue Frog (Mumbai), and at international festivals like the Sienna Jazz Festival, the Matera Jazz Festival, and the Elba Jazz Festival.

A graduate of the jazz programs at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Doctor of Musical Arts), and New York University (Master of Music), Zubin is an active Jazz educator. He has coached jazz ensembles and taught various jazz activities at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Illinois Summer Youth Music (ISYM). He has also taught and performed at a number of Illinois high schools and universities through clinics and masterclasses.

Zubin hopes that somewhere during the course of his life, his music will bring peace and swing to people.