Ed Polcer (born February 10, 1937 in Paterson, New Jersey) is an American classic jazz cornetist, band leader, festival director, club owner/manager and mentor of young musicians. He has been described as a "melodic mellow-toned cornetist with an unforced delivery". Ed started leading jazz bands while attending Princeton University. While at Princeton studying engineering, Ed was headed toward a promising career as a professional baseball player. During that time, he was asked to play at the Monaco wedding of Princess Grace and Prince Rainier, as well as a concert in Carnegie Hall, so Ed made the decision to follow the music instead of a baseball career.