Eddie Becton, a native of St. Louis, Missouri, is an educator and author with over twenty years of experience as a professor, writer, producer, broadcaster, and concert organizer. Currently, he is a professor at Morehouse College (History Department) and Loyola Marymount University (African American Studies Department), the latter where he teaches his favorite class, History of Jazz in America. Eddie is also a judge for an international jazz competition, 7 Virtual Jazz Club, a position he has held for three years.
Eddie began his jazz career as a DJ in college, and in 2002, became a writer and co-founder for All About Jazz Los Angeles, a monthly periodical that focused on Los Angeles’s vibrant jazz scene. In 2004, he joined KXLU 88.9 FM-Los Angeles as the producer and host of The Jazz Journey, a weekly radio program. Highlights from his writing and broadcasting days include interviews with iconic figures such as Ahmad Jamal, McCoy Tyner, Horace Silver, Chick Corea, Abbey Lincoln, Randy Weston, Charlie Haden, Les McCann, Chucho Valdez, Quincy Jones, Bobby Watson, Terence Blanchard, and many more. Eddie also organizes and promotes concerts, his most ambitious project being a 10-band, day-long jazz concert at Loyola Marymount University.
Eddie lives in Los Angeles and spends his time promoting artists, reading, traveling, playing chess, and, of course, spending countless hours listening to classic jazz.