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“Many years ago my husband was the junior class sponsor for Ben Davis High School. He always convinced the students to have Mr. Edison's group play...Read More »
1 of 76 | Posted by: Shirley Jester Sheeks

“I will miss Jim. He definitely had a way with words. ;-) ”
2 of 76 | Posted by: Rex Thomas - Thompsons Station, TN

“Dear June, Jim and I bonded over the deep love we had (and have) for Chuck. Of course, you both impacted me and my Hall family in many ways and I...Read More »
3 of 76 | Posted by: Joan E Hall - Carmel, IN - Friend

“Mr. Edison was my trombone teacher when I was a beginner during the mid 1970's. He taught me most of what I know about music. He was a friend of my...Read More »
4 of 76 | Posted by: Joe Johnson - Ocoee, FL

“June, Sorry to hear of Jim's death. I've many fond memories of both of you going back to Brownsburg High School with you and Kay and of both of you...Read More »
5 of 76 | Posted by: Ley Anne Van Sickle Perkins - IN

“June, We were so sorry to learn, belatedly, of Jim's death. We will always remember him for his sense of humor and his passionate support for the...Read More »
6 of 76 | Posted by: Rosemary & Charles Rader

“It was an honor to play with the Jim Edison Big Band. Jim was always the consummate professional both on and off the bandstand. He was always very...Read More »
7 of 76 | Posted by: Chuck Flowers - Indianapolis, IN

“I last saw Jim, my friend and fellow car nut, at the Hiawassee meet of the V-8 Club in July and as usual, it was my privilege to see him and chat...Read More »
8 of 76 | Posted by: David Rehor - Allen Park, MI

“Dear June and Family, I was a student,employee and friend.Jim taught me theory ect. I last talked with him after Chuck's passing.WE talked for two...Read More »
9 of 76 | Posted by: Dave Morgan - Fancy Gap, VA

“My sincerest condolences to June and family. I'm so sorry to hear of you loss. ”
10 of 76 | Posted by: Elizabeth Brandes - Indianapolis, IN

“Although I've been away from Indy for many years, I have fond memories of Jim, both at Butler and from playing many gigs with him. Rest in peace,...Read More »
11 of 76 | Posted by: Ralph Black - Nashville, TN

“So sorry, June. I just learned of Jim's passing an hour ago. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Shellie and Samantha Burchett ”
12 of 76 | Posted by: A friend

“June, Jack and Terry - we just learned of Jim's passing and are so sorry. This is a great loss for the music world in INDY. with our prayers, Ken...Read More »
13 of 76 | Posted by: Ken Prince - Carmel, KS

“To June and family, May you and your family find peace in knowing that Jim was appreciated by so many, yet loved you so dearly. You were always the...Read More »
14 of 76 | Posted by: Jim Butz - Indianapolis, IN

“Jim, Thanks for all of your inspiration, friendship, and help through all the years. Your encouragement, consultation, and clinics with my jazz...Read More »
15 of 76 | Posted by: Jim Butz - Indianapolis, IN

“Mrs. Edison, My brother Tom (Wright) and I both send you ("Ace") our deepest condolences. You played such an important role in both of our lives and...Read More »
16 of 76 | Posted by: Becky Wright Noot - Indianpolis, IN

“Playing a Jim Edison gig was a dream. Great musicians, great charts, organized and we always got paid after the job! I'll always be grateful to Jim...Read More »
17 of 76 | Posted by: Tim Roethler - Greenfield, IN

“Mr. Edison was an amazing person. The memory that I will always have of Mr. Edison is sitting at the kitchen table with him after my piano lessons...Read More »
18 of 76 | Posted by: Nelia Hoffman

“Words escape me. Jim was a master in all musical ways and always a "good guy" to me. I will miss him. ”
19 of 76 | Posted by: Dan Hughey - Indianapolis, IN

“We just learned of Jim's death today. Sorry, June, that we missed the visitation. We have been out of the loop, I guess, since Charlie had gall...Read More »
20 of 76 | Posted by: Rosemary Rader - Indianapolis, IN

“Joyce and I are sending prayers of support to all of the Edison family. I will surly my visits with Jim solving car problems which usually ended up...Read More »
21 of 76 | Posted by: Mike Blaisdell - New Palestine, IN

“It's sad to hear of the passing of another Early Ford Club member. I will miss Jim and his knowledge of Fords and the Ford Motor Company. I've...Read More »
22 of 76 | Posted by: Robert Richardson - Indianapolis, IN

“Dear June and Family, Jim's twinkling eyes and hearty laugh will always be with those of us who were fortunate enough to know him. From Footlight...Read More »
23 of 76 | Posted by: Mike Berkowitz - New York, NY

“June, Though I am out of town I send sincere condolences. Jim must have been a wonderful musician, husband and father. May God's comfort and His...Read More »
24 of 76 | Posted by: Carole Wills - Indianapolis, IN

25 of 76 | Posted by: JR AND CANDY SPEAS - GREENFIELD, IN

“I always thought of Jim as my grandfather, and I always looked up to him. Not enough can ever be said about his musicianship, trumpet mastery,...Read More »
26 of 76 | Posted by: Chris Murray - Indianapolis, IN

“Dear June, We were so sorry to hear about Jim's passing. Please accept our condolances. Jim was always helpful whenever I had any V8 questions. He...Read More »
27 of 76 | Posted by: Ron and Shirley Stauffer - IN

Lee Jones “Jim was a great help in the founding of the Phillips Music Guild. In additon to teaching the students and directing ensembles, he had the uncanny...Read More »
28 of 76 | Posted by: Lee H. Jones - IN - friend

“Jim was such a considerate man as he hired me for many, many gigs while I was pursuing graduate degrees @ IU. As well, June often extended her...Read More »
29 of 76 | Posted by: Chris Gallaher - Morehead, KY

“My heart felt sympathy goes out to June and the family. Jim was a wonderful person, a friend to all, and a consummate musician. I will miss him...Read More »
30 of 76 | Posted by: Steve Woerner - Indianapolis, IN

“Jim was a great band leader, musician, teacher, and friend. To play in a Jim Edison band was always an honor. The lineage of musicians that have...Read More »
31 of 76 | Posted by: Gene Markiewicz - Indianapolis, IN

“June and family, I didn't know Jim, but being the wife of a musician, (Gary Walter), I don't think I've ever met a musician in Indianapolis who didn...Read More »
32 of 76 | Posted by: Laura Howie-Walters - IN

“I don't know why my comments didn't show up, but just wanted to say How sorry I was to hear about Jim. Thank you June for letting me know. I have...Read More »
33 of 76 | Posted by: Geri Sears - Indianapolis, IN

“To my boss, my teacher(in the world of gigdom), but most of all, to my friend-----I will miss you, but cherish all my memories of times together. ...Read More »
34 of 76 | Posted by: Steve Hanna

“I remember Jim from the sixties when we played Footlights. I was a college student playing for "experience" and he was the pro. At that time, show...Read More »
35 of 76 | Posted by: Judy Brown Wilson

“Jim Edison Family, It has been a while since we have been in touch. I am Herschel and Ruthelle's daughter. Bob and Jim were my brothers. I have...Read More »
36 of 76 | Posted by: Judy Livingston - Indianapolis, IN

“Besides being a great musician, I knew Jim as a warm, caring human being. He was a fine man indeed. John Hilmer ”
37 of 76 | Posted by: John Hilmer - Indy, IN - Friend

“This is the smile that we will always remember. God bless you all. Betsy and Tony Doepken ”
38 of 76 | Posted by: A friend

“Jim was one of the truly nice people in this world. He had a rare quality of being like a best friend to everyone. He will be truly missed by all his...Read More »
39 of 76 | Posted by: Jerry Emery - San Jose,, CA

40 of 76 | Posted by: liz correll-paff

“June, I am very sorry to hear of Jim's passing. He was a great inspiration to me in the old car hobby--in fact he was the first person I met after...Read More »
41 of 76 | Posted by: A friend

“June, our love and prayers go out to you and your family. We consider you both like family. Jim will be so missed. I always enjoyed seeing him and...Read More »
42 of 76 | Posted by: Dawn and Dean McKnight - IN

“June and Jim were my second parents. When Geoff and I were in junior high and high school, we had a ritual of " I'd invite him over to my house to...Read More »
43 of 76 | Posted by: Kurt Katzenberger - Rutherfordton, NC

“I started at (then) Indiana Central College in September '73, and was fortunate enough to be accepted into the Jazz Band playing bass guitar. I had...Read More »
44 of 76 | Posted by: Ken Granger - Indianapolis, IN

“June: As you have lost a great husband, I have lost a great frield. I always enjoyed talking to Jim about our antique cars; I wanted to see his...Read More »
45 of 76 | Posted by: Philip Rihm - Greenfield, IN

“To the Edison Family, On behalf of the Board of Trustees of the Early Ford V8 Foundation, I would like to extend our sympathy on the death of Jim.I...Read More »
46 of 76 | Posted by: Bob Malley - Auburn, IN

“June, I was sorry to read of Jim's death. My prayers are with you and your family. Roz Webb ”
47 of 76 | Posted by: ROZ WEBB - Zionsville, IN

“I was in school and band with Jim at EMTH. He was a special person ”
48 of 76 | Posted by: Donna (Abernathey) Powell - IN

“It can be so hard to face the first year without your loved one, but the love of family and friends can carry you through. ”
49 of 76 | Posted by: Donna Abernathey Powell - IN

“I join Jim's family and friends in mourning his passing; he'll be long remembered for the good and decent man he was. ”
50 of 76 | Posted by: ALAN KIGER - DALEVILLE, IN

“I am sorry to of Jim Edison's passing. I had the opportunity to meet Mr. Edison through his wife, June, at Arlington High School. My heart goes out...Read More »
51 of 76 | Posted by: Debbra Lysek - Fallon, NV

“Dear June, I was saddened to read of Jim's passing. It's been so long since Judy and I worked with Jim at Starlight Musicals, but I always...Read More »
52 of 76 | Posted by: Homer Pence - Harrison, ME

“One of my first Indianapolis experiences was going to an Edison big band gig that my boyfriend Tom Reynolds was playing for. Jim was warm, welcoming...Read More »
53 of 76 | Posted by: Anne Reynolds - Indianapolis, IN

“We will miss our evenings in the Edison home, and Katie will miss working with her mentor and friend. Ours thoughts and prayers are with the Edison...Read More »
54 of 76 | Posted by: Jim, Beth, and Katie Smith - IN

“There just are not words to express the pain when an old friend passes over the veil. Jim was a dear boy and man, giving love to so many in this life...Read More »
55 of 76 | Posted by: Dr. Thom Carden - Durango, CO

“Jim was my trumpet teacher when I was at Arlington High School in the 60's. He was always encouraging me to do more than I thought I could. I'll...Read More »
56 of 76 | Posted by: Todd Curless - Athens, GA

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to June and faimly. Darrin Thompson and Family ”
57 of 76 | Posted by: Darrin Thompson - Indianapolis, IN

“To June and the Edison family. My sincere condolences to you, June. I think of you often as I am today. Tom Wright ”
58 of 76 | Posted by: Tom Wright - Fishers, IN - Friend

“Dear June and Family,I was saddened to read of Jim's passing in this morning's paper and regret that I will be out of town for his wake and funeral...Read More »
59 of 76 | Posted by: Chuck Schisla - Indianapolis, IN

“So sorry to hear of Jim's passing. Our paths crossed over the years thru theatre and music. He was such a joy to work with and the musical...Read More »
60 of 76 | Posted by: Jacque Workman - OH - Friend

“Jim, as a teacher was a taskmaster, but we had fun. As an individual a true friend. He will be missed in the music community and all that have come...Read More »
61 of 76 | Posted by: George Morrell - Indianapolis, IN

“Sorry to hear of this news. ”
62 of 76 | Posted by: John Bone - Indianapolis, IN

“I was sorry to hear of Jim's death..I will forward the information to my brother Todd who was a student of Jim's..He is living in Georgia now. I...Read More »
63 of 76 | Posted by: wylene curless brodbeck - IN

“Dear June and family. Marilyn and I are very saddened to learn of the passing of such a friend as Jim was for so many years. He was a wonderful...Read More »
64 of 76 | Posted by: John Kendrick - Greenwood, IN

“What a wonderful, kind, humble human being! Everyone was his friend. I only have known Jim for about seven years through his teachings at Big Band...Read More »
65 of 76 | Posted by: Joe Faulkner - Indianapolis, IN

“We were so sorry to hear of Jim's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with June, Jack, and Terry. The car world (V8-Club) has lost a great member...Read More »
66 of 76 | Posted by: A friend

“our prayers are going out to you June and the boys.. We love you. ”
67 of 76 | Posted by: Marlene ,Bill Scharbrough - IN

“I met Mr. Edison too few times; I remember him as a very kind-hearted soul. I made his acquaintance through his wife who accompanied the choir in...Read More »
68 of 76 | Posted by: Pam Edwards (Slagle) - Fortville, IN

“To June and the Edison Family: Jim was such a wonderful guy and I as a good friend and fellow musician only knew part of his life. But that life was...Read More »
69 of 76 | Posted by: David Hinshaw & Linda Barb - IN

“Sending caring thoughts and prayers ”
70 of 76 | Posted by: Charlotte Harrington Pitts - IN

“Dear Edison Family, Jim was the coolest Teacher, Mentor & Musician in the world. I loved him like he was my Dad. He taught me how to play music, but...Read More »
71 of 76 | Posted by: Steve Cooper - Fishers, IN

“To June in the memory of Jim, Fond memories of music theory classes with Jim on nights my kids went to karate. He was a great teacher and very...Read More »
72 of 76 | Posted by: Paula Hubbard - South Bend, IN

“To June and the Jim Edison Family and Jack, Terry and their family. I met Jim here in Sun City Center. He, Jack and I are musicians. I thouroughly...Read More »
73 of 76 | Posted by: David and Ruth Evans - FL

“I join the legion who can say Jim was a true friend, always ready to help as needed and always expressing love and respect. He once said to me, "I...Read More »
74 of 76 | Posted by: Julie Carter - Carmel, IN

“It was my extreme pleasure to have known Jim Edison, and to have played countless gigs with his various bands and groups, during my graduate school...Read More »
75 of 76 | Posted by: Bob Hores - Sarasota, FL

“Dear Edison Family, There are few things more difficult than dealing with the loss of a loved one. We, along with our staff, are honored and...Read More »
76 of 76 | Posted by: Flanner and Buchanan Funeral Centers - IN

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Jim Edison

79, New Palestine, passed away September 22, 2012. He was born on October 2, 1932, in Indianapolis, the son of the late Donald L. and Lela C. Edison.

Jim was a music teacher and professional trumpet player who had his own big band, The Jim Edison Orchestra, as well as a 7-piece group. Though his taste was eclectic, his favorite was the big band music of the 1940's, and especially that of Duke Ellington. It was not unusual to find him hour after hour, writing arrangements and copying parts in order to keep his music library current and interesting. He and his musicians could be found at various venues throughout the city – Murat Theatre, Clowes Hall, Columbia Club, Athletic Club, Scottish Rite, Tea Dancing at the Hyatt, Sunday Brunch at the Adams Mark, and in the summertime, Starlight Musicals.

In 1997, after he had a stroke that prevented him from performing, he found other ways to be involved with music – mainly as a trumpet teacher – until the time of his death. His lessons were about much more than playing the horn and included many "life lessons". He was happiest when he was teaching and until the day he died, looked forward to every session. Jim's brain was a storehouse of trivia about bands, band leaders, players, events, relationships, and he was a master of sharing all that information. He was a real 'people person' and delighted in mentoring young players and giving a boost up to anyone who needed it.

After meeting her at Butler in 1951, Jim married June Smith from Brownsburg in 1956. They have three sons – Greg (Krista), Geoff, and Mark (Jayne). The sons all took their turns at being roadies for the Jim Edison Orchestra and shared lots of late-night hours with their dad. Jim was a real family man and loved the companionship of his wife, sons, and extended family.
In addition to his wife and three sons, Jim is also survived by seven grandchildren, Matt (Crystal), Joel, Courtney, Bryan, Lauren, Jennifer, David; brother, Jack (Terry) Edison; and sister-in-law, Kay (Herb) Smith.

Besides music, Jim's other passion was cars, particularly 1940 Ford V-8's and the founder and workings of the Ford Motor Company. He has an entire room, "The Ford Room", dedicated to his collection of hundreds of books, pictures, diagrams, dishes, and you name it. Even when he was unable to go downstairs to the Ford Room in the basement, with his phenomenal memory he could always direct you to the exact location of a certain folio, collection of photos, or library book.

Jim's recognition by music groups include induction into the Indianapolis Jazz Hall of Fame in 1998, receiving the Service to Music Award by the Indianapolis Symphonic Band in 2000, being honored in 2004 with a Tribute Concert by the Indianapolis Brass Choir, and receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award by WICR in 2010. In 2003 he was named Manual H.S. Alumnus of the Year.

He was a member and former National Director of the Early Ford V8 Club of America, a member of the Classic Car Club of America, the National Woodie Club, and a lifetime member of the American Federation of Musicians.

Services will be 1:00 p.m. Friday, September 28, 2012, at Flanner and Buchanan – Broad Ripple, 1305 East Broad Ripple Avenue. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Thursday, September 27, 2012, and from 11:00 a.m. until the time of service on Friday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to The Phillips Music Guild of Indianapolis or the Indianapolis Brass Choir.

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