Music, Performing Arts
Artist StatementI am enthusiastic about teaching middle school and high school level students the wonders of the harmonica. It is a powerful instrument, no matter what kind of music is played and has been called "The People's Instrument".
Ed J. Kaitz is a professional blues, gospel, rock and pop harmonica player and teacher on both the diatonic harmonicas and the Chromatic harmonica. Ed began playing the harmonica in 1969, learning from the master Harmonica players of the blues through recordings. In the 1980s he joined the innovative Cambridge Harmonica Orchestra, networking and learning from many of the best harmonica players in Washington, DC and on the East Coast. Later Ed studied advanced harmonica technique with world class teachers such as Mr. Joe Filisko, Mr. Gary Primich and Mr. Sandy Weltman. Ed has taught beginning harmonica lessons to youth and adults since 1997, and independently since 1999. Ed has performed extensively as an accompanist to singer songwriters, has performed with the Big Daddy Stalllings Blues Band, and worked playing melodies of the 30s to 50s on Chromatic harmonica, room to room in nursing homes part time for 6 years.