Hailing from Dallas, Texas, Edwin Livingston was exposed early in his life to music. He was in the choir and played saxophone in the symphonic band in his adolescence and joined the orchestra in high school. He studied with Roger Fratena (assistant principal double bass) of the Dallas Symphony and Dr. Mark Foley. After receiving his B.M. in music performance he relocated several times in pursuit of new musical terrain. In his various travels he has played and recorded with many notable artists and masters. Livingston has performed and/or recorded with: Elvin Jones, Ellis, Delfeayo, and Jason Marsalis, The Headhunters, Los Hombres Calientes (Grammy nominated Latin Jazz album), Bill Summers, Munyungo Jackson, Donald Harrison, Jr., Alvin Batiste, Ronnie, Eloise and Debra Laws, Lionel Loueke, D.J. Logic, David ”Fathead” Newman, John Beasley, Otmaro Ruiz, Mike Garson, Justo Almario, Leni Stern, Kevin Toney of The Blackbyrds, Will Kennedy, Peter Erskine, Vince Wilburn, Jr., Jimmy Branly, Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez, Tootie Heath, Joe LaBarbera, Hot Buttered Rhythm, Gecko Turner, Henry Butler, James Clay, Barbara Morrison, Queen Latifah, The Benjamin Wright Orchestra, Bob Mintzer, Natalie Cole and many others.
In addition to a full playing, touring, and recording career he is also on the faculty at the USC Thornton School of Music, teaching bass in the jazz studies department.
Livingston has also appeared in several feature films, including Ray and Dreamgirls, and has performed on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Today Show, Live with Regis and Kelly and the A & E show Private Sessions with Queen Latifah.
Livingston has also performed in the musical productions of Stormy Weather starring Leslie Uggams, Ain't Misbehavin' and SPAMALOT starring John O'Hurley.