Ed Cochran has been tickling the ivories around the Chicago area for years, playing with Mornin’ Breeze, Classics IV, and Showzone. 

Born in Blue Island, Illinois, Ed learned to play the accordion as a young boy.  Ed’s success with the accordion led him to take on another instrument, piano.

Inspired by Keith Emerson of Emerson, Lake and Palmer, Ed began to study music more seriously, joining the Fighting Illini Jazz Band at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana and graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education.

Ed has performed with such notable artists as Chaka Khan, The Reddings and Gary Hall.

But Ed says his favorite musical memory was playing keyboard at Chicago Fest at Navy Pier. 

Ed’s philosophy is to teach his students to “play from your heart”. 

Teaching at Lettuce Play for the last 20 years, he’s seen students go on to record cd’s, compete on American Idol, play in their own bands and teach new students themselves.

Ed is an instructor of piano, organ, vocals, trombone and baritone horn.