eddie jobson

Eddie Jobson started playing acoustic guitar and classical piano at age 7 and violin at age 8, turning professional at only 15. By age 17, he had already acquired a record deal with Warner Bros. and aninternational reputation as one of the early pioneers of the electric violin with his first recording band Curved Air (the band that also launched the career of Police drummer Stewart Copeland). In the same year he was invited by Roxy Music front-man Bryan Ferry to be the keyboardist and orchestrator on Ferry’s first solo album—a project that would garner the teen star the first of his nine gold albums. 

At age 18, Jobson became a full-blown member of Roxy Music, replacing synthesist Brian Eno and helping the band create their first No.1 album—a point that would mark the beginning of ‘Roxymania’ in Britain and the start of their most critically acclaimed and influential period. 

At the age of 21, already with twenty albums to his credit—having recorded with King Crimson and on several solo projects by the members of Deep Purple, and The Who—Jobson joined Frank Zappa as keyboardist and violinist in the bandleader’s only 4-piece ensemble—replacing both George Duke and Jean Luc Ponty. 

In 1977, at 22, Jobson returned to England to lead the progressive “supergroup” UK, a band he had formed with Bill Bruford, John Wetton, and Allan Holdsworth. As keyboardist, electric-violinist, principal composer and producer of the group, his contributions to the virtuoso band would secure his place as a progressive-rock keyboard legend and earn Jobson awards and consistent ‘top-3’ ratings in keyboard polls worldwide. 

After a world arena tour as ‘special guest’ with Jethro Tull, and a brief tenure as a member of Yes during their “Owner of a Lonely Heart” period—Jobson retired from all band and touring activity for the following two decades. Though out of the limelight, however, he continued to carve out a highly successful career as the man ‘behind’ the music, winning several awards as a composer and producer of hundreds of original scores for advertising, television and film, and producing albums by such eclectic artists as the Bulgarian Women’s Choir and Huun-Huur-Tu (the Tuvan Throat Singers) for his own musicians’ label Globe Music. 

After four decades of pioneering work, and having been on the defining edge of early synthesis, rock violin, progressive-rock, art-rock, computer graphics (he produced and starred in MTV’s first CGI music video), computer recording, new age, electronica, and contemporary world music—Eddie Jobson enjoys a worldwide reputation as the ‘definitive musician’ as he continues to forge a path of musical innovation in all areas of music.

In 2008, Eddie Jobson started UKZ. The band released a CDEP in (early) 2009.
June 2009, the band did a couple of concerts in Japan.

August 2009, Eddie Jobson's Ultimate Zero Project toured the U.S.West Coast. November of the same year, UZ (including Tony Levin) went to Poland. The band also did concerts in Russia, and was joined on stage by Adrian Belew for a couple of King Crimson tunes.

April 2011, U.K. (Wetton / Jobson) reunited and did concerts in Tokyo, San Francisco, New York en Boston.

Eddie Jobson performed at the 2011 edition of the Zappanale festival.

In 2012, U.K. did a reunion world tour. The fist concert took place on May 1, 2012, in Chicago.



June 2012, U.K. went to Japan. The band consisted of John Wetton, Eddie Jobson and Terry Bozzio.



  1973 curved air- air cut    
  1973 ferry, bryan- these foolish things    
  1973 roxy music- stranded    
  1974 amazing blondel- mulgrave street    
  1974 gillespie, dana- ain't gonna play no second fiddle    
  1974 glover, roger- butterfly ball and the grasshopper'  
  1974 mackay, andy- in search of eddie riff    
  1974 roxy music- country life    
  1975 flash fearless- flash fearless vs the zorg women    
  1975 heron, mike- mike herons reputation    
  1975 king crimson- usa    
  1975 manzanera, phil- diamond head    
  1975 roxy music- siren    
  1975 entwistle, john- mad dog    
  1976 ferry, bryan- let's stick together    
  1976 roxy music- viva!    
  1977 manzanera, phil- listen/now    
  1978 martz, jasun- pillory    


frank zappa: zappa in new york
   (1978, 2lp, usa, discreet)


frank zappa: studio tan
   (1978, lp, usa, discreet)

  u.k.: u.k.
    (1978, lp, usa, polydor) - feat. eddie jobson

  u.k.: danger money
    (1979, lp, usa, polydor) - feat. eddie jobson & terry bozzio

  u.k.: night after night - live !
    (1979, lp, usa, polydor) - feat. eddie jobson & terry bozzio

  1980 jethro tull- a     
  1980 wobble, jah- legend lives on (producer)  
32 frank zappa: shut up 'n play yer guitar some more
   (1981, lp, usa, barking pumpkin)

  frank zappa: shut up 'n play yer guitar - box set
    (1981, 3lp, eur, cbs)
  1983 eddie jobson- the green album    
  1983 eddie jobson- zinc    
  eddie jobson: turn it over
    (1983, 12"-promo, uk, capitol records)
  1985 piano one- piano one    
  1985 eddie jobson- theme of secrets    
  1986 spyro gyra- breakout    
  1987 manzanera, phil- guitarissimo (1975-1982)    
  1990 curved air- lovechild    
  frank zappa: conceptual continuity
    (1991, cd, usa, rhino foo-eee records r2 71023)
59 frank zappa: you can't do that on stage anymore vol.6
   (1992, 2cd, usa, ryko)
  1996 entwistle, john- thunderfingers: the best of john en    
  1996 entwistle, john- anthology    


frank zappa: läther
   (1996, 3cd, usa, ryko)


frank zappa: have i offended someone?
   (1997, cd, usa, ryko)

  1997 spyro gyra- best of spyro gyra: the first ten years (synclavier programming)    
  u.k.: live in america
    (2007, cd, uk, the store for music sfmcd053)

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  ukz: radiation
    (2009, cdep, usa, glo digital glo 9000-2) - feat. eddie jobson, trey gunn, alex machacek, marco minneman and aaron lippert

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frank zappa: philly '76
    (2009, 2cd, usa, vaulternative records)

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  eddie jobson: ultimate zero tour - live
    (2010, 2cd, ??, glo digital glo 9130-2) - feat. john wetton, tony levin, gerg howe trey gunn, ric fierabracci, simon phillips & marco minneman

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  john wetton: raised in captivity
    (2011, cd, usa, abstract logix) - feat. eddie jobson, alex machacek

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  u.k.: live in tokyo
    (2012, dvd, japan, ??) - re-released in the usa in 2013

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  u.k.: curtain call
    (2015, blu-ray + dvd + 2cd, japan, ward records)
  eddie jobson: four decades
    (2015, blue-ray + dvd + 2cd, japan, ward records) - feat. alex machacek, marco minnemann ; incl. 'läther' (frank zappa)

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  eddie jobson: 1971 - 1979 the band years
    (2018, 2cd, uk, globe music) - incl.'läther' (frank zappa)
  u.k.: night after night extended
    (2019, blu-ray+2cd, uk, globe music) = extended version of the "night after night - live!" album
  eddie jobson: the green album / theme of secrets
    (2019, blu-ray+2cd, uk, globe music) - remastered
  eddie jobson: live
    (2020, 2cd, usa, globe music) = eddie jobson's u-z project  /  feat. marco minnemann, alex machacek




  u.k.: reunion tour - highline ballroom, nyc, ny - april 11, 2011
    (2012, 2cd-bootleg, japan, ??)

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Eddie Jobson and the Ultimate Zero Project

  • 2009/08/17 Eddie Jobson and the Ultimate Zero Project - concert 'Jammin' Java', Vienna, Virginia, USA

    • line-up

      • Eddie Jobson - violin, keys * * Simon Phillips - Drum, Tamborine * * Trey Gunn - Warr Guitar * * Marco Minnemann - Drums, Shaker * * Greg Howe - Guitar

    •  setlist

      • Transporter, Walking From Pastel, Improvisation, Awakening, Drum Solo by Simon Phillips, Awakening, Larks' Tongues In Aspic: Part 2, Carrying No Cross, Memories of Vienna - Nostalgia, Alaska, Presto Vivace, In The Dead Of Night, Band Introductions, Vital Transformation, Drum Solo by Marco Minnemann, Tu-95, The Only Thing She Needs (Part One), The Only Thing She Needs (Part Two), More Intros, Caesar's Palace Blues






born: may 28, 1955 in billingham, cleveland, england

     from: charles ulrich (ulrich@sfu.ca)
jobson (first?) performed with fz on filthy habits on december 7, 1975, in hamilton, ontario.

 neil slaven, electric don quixote, p. 196:
"[eddie jobson had] met frank when roxy music supported the mothers at a gig in milwaukee in may 1974, when he'd sat in with one of his musical heroes. at the end of roxy's american tour, he remained in los angeles and played with an early incarnation of ritchie blackmore's rainbow. then frank invited him to accompany the mothers on a week of canadian gigs. 
"jobson and frank played together at sound checks and in dressing rooms as frank assessed both his musical ability and his capacity to memorize arrangements. but he did get to play onstage at two shows. 'he'd sort of say maybe five minutes before he was due onstage, "it'd be nice if you played along tonight",' he told chris salewicz. 'you know, there's 10,000 people out there and he tells you like five minutes before and you just have to go onstage and jam, really. i mean, he goes into a riff that you've never heard before in your life and just points at you and you have to do a solo. it was really good for me... i mean, that's his strength. he stretches his musicians beyond their capabilities all the time. and then when it comes to a performance he'll just relax it slightly to the point where people can actually play what he wants.'"

note that the second paragraph quoted makes it clear that "accompany the mothers on a week of canadian gigs" meant hanging out backstage, not necessarily playing in all the shows. nor is it clear whether he was onstage for the whole of the two shows in which he did play. there were six known gigs (in toronto, london, ottawa, hamilton, montreal, and quebec), so maybe quebec wasn't the other show he played.

      from: foggy g. 
does anyone know if, when, and where roxy music might have opened for fz?

     from: biffy the elephant shrew (biffyshrew@aol.commie.rats)
eddie jobson: "roxy supported frank in milwaukee, which is where i got to meet him.  i expressed interest in his music and his band, and the next day both bands went to chicago.  we had a day off and frank was playing so i went to the gig and jammed with him in the dressing room.  he was suitably impressed to invite me to canada at the end of the roxy tour to tour  around with him for a week.  i just played with them in dressing rooms, working things out, so he could see if i could play his stuff and remember it. a couple of nights i ended up on stage, guesting on violin."
so, the answer to your question: mecca auditorium, milwaukee, 11/28/75.

      from: charles ulrich (ulrich@sfu.ca)
the two nights on which jobson guested on violin were 12/7/75 hamilton and 12/8/75 montreal. a tape of the hamilton show is in circulation.

     from: linda kohanov
this dynamic rock violinist has played with everyone from uk, roxy music, and frank zappa to jethro tull. jobson's recordings as a leader showed much promise in their use of   keyboards, computer-generated sounds, and wailing electric-violin solos. too bad he hasn't released more of his own music.

     from: unknown
before joining fz jobson had played in curved air and roxy music and had done various studio dates / guest appearances  (sp?). after leaving fz he formed "uk" together with bill bruford, allan holdsworth and john wetton. after the first album (called "uk")  holdsworth and bruford left. bruford was replaced by  none other than terry bozzio. in this line up they recorded "danger money" and "night after night", a live album.  "uk" split up in december '79. jobson then joined jethro tull for an album (called "a") and a tour.  in '83 he recorded "the green album" as a member of "zinc" a band put together by jobson. since then he's been doing commercials, writing scores for tv shows and synth-programming. released one solo album called "theme of secrets". (1985)
anyway, while flipping though the tv last friday night, i caught the end  credits of the nbc show "viper". nothing big, except when i saw "music composed by eddie jobson". i couldn't believe it. for those who don't know, he is on zappa's "live in new york" cd. i had no idea what he was up to nowadays, so i was glad to see he is still around. a side note, this guy has also played with yes, jethro tull, u.k., and a few other bands. very versatile guy.

 also worth mentioning is eddie jobson's _theme of secrets_ cd.  released on the private music label in 1985.  all compositions were composed and performed by eddie jobson on the synclavier music computer.

i might add that allan holdsworth left u.k. (the band) because jobson insisted he should play *exactly* the same solo every night... that's the reason supplied in his autobiography "reaching for the uncommon chord" (recommended!) a fair, the book also has some mention of f.z.

the last i've heard from keyboardist/electric violinist maestro was his album he did on the private music label called "inner secrets" (?) in 1985.  he also contributed to a piano compilation from the same label called piano one in 1986.  since then i haven't heard or read anything about him or his music projects.

i thought his zinc album "the green album", released in 1983 was/is  a gem.  the lyrics to his son "listen to reason" include the following: "high-fi sounds and new effects, green is now, the pink is next (listen to reason, oh, it stands to reason).  well i think he should have followed through on that proposition.  having a series of prog-space rock albums based on different colors is a great concept.  i'm still waiting...

in a recent interview bill bruford said that ej is now a producer for tv ads, films for tv and also owns a big production studio in new york.

jobson is now reforming u.k. with wetton (and maybe bruford, holdsworth only as guests an album). the record should be out at february. check out more news in the u.k. fan club on the net.

ej appeared on the 1983 yes video for "owner of a lonely heart" to fill in for tony kaye when he temporarily left the band.

        rose (kggraphics@aol.com) sez:
eddie jobson and his assistant mark sterling are currently writing the music (theme and incidental) for don johnson's new series, nash bridges. they are replacing the composer from last season that don johnson was unhappy with.  they are also working on the upcoming uk album.

        from: stu mark (stumark@jrmoney.com):
this has probably already been reported, but i noticed that eddie jobson is doing the music for some tv show..it's nash bridges, and it's cheech marin, not tommy chong. eddie jobson is  not the only fz connection. in one episode, the bad guy worked for an unseen kingpin named keneally, of san diego. ------
here's a couple of ej links, for the uninformed:


        carl christensen (carl@op.net) wrote:
i was just reading anil prasad's praise of john wetton, and it woke up a sleeping neuron from the mid-80's.  back then i was serious that i would make a lifelong career as a progressive rock guitarist (ha), and i remember jumping for joy when i saw an advertisement in "guitar player" magazine from eddie jobson looking to join a band.  i was practically at my 4-track trying to pick my best classical guitar-cum-20-minute-epic-rock pieces for him to be bored by, when i read the rest of the ad.  it was something along the  lines of "must be a great stage performer, exciting player, long hair, this is a commercial rock band, send photo to...."  i'm more of a fripp and howe type instead of an yngwie, so my hopes were dashed.  but did anything ever become of this?  did eddie jobson form night ranger or white lion (or at best dream theater) or something in the mid-80's?  if so, nobody should ever say a bad word about john wetton ever again! ;-)

        curriecj@mcmail.cis.mcmaster.ca (c.j. currie)sez:
there are some individuals who might argue that zinc would fall into this category, but this, in my opinion, would be rather unfair.
_the green album_ (1983), by eddie jobson and zinc, was one of the better prog/pop (as opposed to prog-pop) albums of the era, featuring prog musicianship interspersed with song structures vaguely reminiscent of what was popular in '80s britain.
_theme of secrets_ (1985), is an instrumental jobson album, which walks the line between progressive and proto-ambient.  nothing "flashy" about it at all (at least, not in the "glam rock" sense).
apart from these albums, jobson's only official release since leaving jethro tull was a single track on the _piano one_ album.  it would seem that the hair-band search never quite worked out ...

        from: wrhq1053@aol.com
you had to really look for eddie jobson in that yes video. it was shot when ej was brought  in to replace tony kaye, who didn't want to tour after the 90125 release. when tony changed his mind, ej was out of the group...and out of the video. you catch a faint  glimpse of him, rear dorsal view, as the yes members close in on the video's main character in the rooftop scene. 
ej' s the green album was finally released on cd a few years ago on one way, via capitol's special products division. get it while you can...it may not stay in print long.
nice to hear that uk may resurface. hope john wetton curbs the overly commercial tendencies of asia.
on a related note: talking with terry bozzio after a polytown show, he implied that his experience with uk was less than satisfying - he was sort of locked out of the songwriting by ej and jw.

     from: 44 west (44west@hitter.net)
here is some info on eddie jobson's early career, that you might find interesting.
in the early 1970s (1973 i think) i used to go to club in sunderland, in north east, england called the mecca. they had live bands every friday, and after a good run of booking good lasting a few years, they were going through a lean period. the place was in decline and attendence was low. a new manager seemed unable to book any good bands. 
we were there on one of these fridays, the stage was set up and the name on the bass drum was "fat grapple" (stick with this, i'm serious). okay, we all said, sounds like another bunch of losers. well they came on and quickly got attention. the music was, stunning, intersting and very entertaining. a blend of prog rock, theatrical (like early genesis), with a few standards in those genres and lot of their own material.
most interesting of them was a multi instrumentalist introduced as "the beautiful edwin". it was eddie jobson of course, unknown at the time. he was great, and even though the whole band was very good, he stole the show, playing with enthusiasm like i'd never seen before. he played mostly violin, but also guitar, accordian and keyboards. the crowd went nuts, wouldn't let them leave the stage, they seemed to run out of material and i'm sure they played the complete set again just to keep everybody happy.
one of those happy people was the club manager, who appeared on stage, and signed them up for the following friday and spoke to the crowd, asking them to bring their friends next week. it worked! word spread arround town and the following friday everybody was there to see fat grapple. it was almost a disaster, just as they were about to go on eddie (still called edwin) sat on his violin. (i didn't see this, but that's the story i got). the start was delayed while they tried to do something, no other violin was available so they stuck it together with tape, and it worked, still sounded good to me, when they finally got going, but it looked in one hell of a mess.. again they played great and the crowd loved it. again eddie was the star and stole the show. it was one hell of a night. i noticed a lot of extra equipment this time, i guess they rented or borrowed it, including a vs2000(?) synthesizer, very cool for the time, and never heard before in a place like that.
they played there again a few weeks later, just as good. next thing i knew curved air had a new violin player and you know the rest. i heard fat grapple supported curved air on tour in uk before eddie joined them.
the rest of the band were pretty good as well, some of them were involved in a musical called "future shock" i think, but beyond that, i know nothing. 
anybody else remember the mecca in sunderland? i saw some great band there in the early 70s. genesis, jethro tull, , zeppelin, van der graaf.
 - david robson

     from: román garcia albertos (donlope@ono.com)
i've found this cute little site for our little blonde violinist.


random notes

2008 12 31

e-mail from Andrew /  www.idiotbastard.com

UK founder Eddie Jobson announces...

UKZ EP release: Keyboard and electric-violin legend Eddie Jobson announces a January 6 Internet-release date for the new UKZ band's debut EP entitled Radiation. This will be INTERNET ONLY and the actual CD/EP release to worldwide retail will follow in March.

The band is also planning a debut concert on Saturday 24 January 2009 in New York City.

A video for the title track "Radiation" will be released this month to www.ukzband.com Zealots Lounge members.  The Zealots Lounge will be a place where members can get a look behind the scenes and have advance access to UKZ music, video and concert tickets.

Returning from a self-imposed 27-year retirement from band and touring activity, the reclusive progressive-music pioneer and 'UK' co-founder set out to find the same caliber of next-generation musicians for the new UKZ project that would equal or surpass the talents of his previous colleagues and collaborators-an impressive list that includes Frank Zappa, Robert Fripp, Bill Bruford, Phil Collins, John Entwistle, Ian Anderson, Simon Phillips, Terry Bozzio, Allan Holdsworth, and Tony Levin. Jobson -- who was born and raised in the Durham area of England -- has hand-selected a truly international dream-band of virtuosos from around the world:

Fittingly, for an international 21st-century band that formed on the internet, the group are working together digitally, exchanging music and video files electronically from their respective cities. The band members are currently writing and recording their self-titled debut album.

www.ukzband.com for info



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