A founding member of the Original Dixieland Jazz Band, and a superb rhythmic player and force in that group's success. Edwards began playing violin at 10, then took up trombone at 15. He played in local New Orleans brass bands as a teenager, among them Stein's Dixie Jass Band. He then helped found The Original band, and co-composed a number of pieces that became standards. These included "Tiger Rag" and "Fidgety Feet." He stayed with the band until 1925, except for brief period in the army in 1918 and another short stint in Jimmy Durante's band. He left music after that, but returned in 1936 to work with various revival bands.