Andover Musicians and Musical Groups - Ed Jurdi

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Ed Jurdi listened to his father's eclectic music collection and began to show a musical interest at age 2 1/2, which his family encouraged by buying him a guitar. At Andover High he started the popular band Dr Head's Rhythm and Blues Revival which played a "lot of old rock-and-roll and old soul stuff," according to Jurdi. In 1999 he released his first CD Ed Jurdi, a collection of 9 self-composed songs. In October 1999 he was performing about 20 shows a month, mostly in New Hampshire, When he returned to Andover for a show in November 1999 he was playing more roots- inspired music. He has said that his music doesn't fit into a specific category, but he "doesn't really mind what category people stuff him in, as long as they keep listening and he can keep playing." In 2003 he gave a concert in Haverhill to promote his second album Longshore Drive He said his performance would "sound like Van Morrison, with a lot of soul influences, including Otis Reading and James Brown." He had latched onto the Portsmouth NH music scene 5 years before and had been touring and performing since then.


  • Early Start Launches Jurdi on Musical Road.(portrait) Andover Townsman 7/8/1999, page 25.
  • Dad's Strumming Set Young Guitarist on Way.(portrait) Eagle Tribune 10/14/1999. page 24.
  • Homegrown Songwriter Getting Rootsy. (portrait) Andover Townsman 11/4/1999, page 21.
  • Second Album Release Includes Local Concert for Andover Native. AHS '94 Grad Performs and Tours in Low-Key Soulful Style.(portrait) Andover Townsman 10/9/2003, pages 11, 15.
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