Ed Schaefer was born in Miami, Florida, in 1951, the son of a pianist who performed on a weekly radio show in Baltimore. He studied classical guitar at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon, and at Tarrant County College in Fort Worth, Texas, where he was taught by James Eddy, a disciple of the renowned Spanish guitarist Andrés Segovia. Ed performed at master’s classes at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth with José Tomás and later worked at the Rhythm Band Instrument company where he began to develop his lutherie skills as well as his fingerstyle jazz guitar stylings.
In 1995, Ed devoted himself fulltime to building archtop guitars, and there began Schaefer Guitars. He has built over 200 guitars and operated shops in Duluth, Minnesota and Austin, Texas. Based in Austin since 2007, Ed continues to build the finest guitars for celebrated players, including Houston jazz master Mike Nase, Texas Hill Country guitarist Big John Mills, and Noel Johnston, a professor of jazz guitar at the University of North Texas.
Known also for his skill on the guitar, Ed is an active player, performer, and teacher. He often works in guitar duos and trios, most notably his Jazz Roosters, a rotating cast of jazz and blues guitarists who are known to rehearse in the early hours of the morning.
Jose Marty started playing guitar at the age of 12 after being influenced by rock music popular in late 70’s and early 80’s like Peter Frampton, Ted Nugent, Black Sabbath, and Kiss. At 19 years old he left his second year of college for Hollywood California to enroll in Musicians Institute. Jose played in various bands performing styles from rock to Latin, funk, disco, hip-hop, rock, and Brazilian. When he moved to Austin Texas Jose played in a Cuban Latin band for a short while until he met Edward Schaefer, started getting into traditional jazz standards, and picked up the guitar again. Jose currently performs with the Jazz Roosters.
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