Ed Soph
March 21, 1945

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Ed Soph
Ed Soph holds the rank of Professor in the Jazz Studies and Performance Divisions of the College of Music at the University of North Texas. He teaches applied drumset students and the Rhythm Section Master Class. He has toured and recorded with Stan Kenton, Woody Herman and Clark Terry.

He is the author of several videos on drumset playing and is an active clinician for Yamaha drums. He is the coordinator for the summer drumset workshop. He has recorded numerous Jamey Aebersold playalongs.

Ed Soph is internationally recognized as an author, master teacher, and musician. He has presented masterclasses throughout Europe, the Mid and Far East, Australia and New Zealand. He is the author of Essential Techniques for Drumset (Meredith Music/Hal Leonard), Musical Time (Carl Fischer), and The Big Band Primer (Ron Jon Publishers). He is also the author of a video, The Drum Set: A Musical Approach (Warner Bros.), and an instructional DVD, Musical Time (Carl Fischer).

As a performer and recording artist, Ed has been associated with the big bands of Stan Kenton, Woody Herman, Bill Watrous, and Clark Terry.

Small group credits include trumpeters Randy Brecker, Ingrid Jensen, Red Rodney, Bobby Shew, Marvin Stamm, Ira Sullivan, and Clark Terry; saxophonists Eddie Daniels, Joe Henderson, Marchel Ivery, Pat LaBarbera, Dave Liebman, Dave Pietro, and Chris Potter; trombonists Carl Fontana, Urbie Green, Slide Hampton, Bill Watrous, and Jiggs Whigham; and, pianists Warren Bernhardt, David Catney, Bill Evans, Stefan Karlsson, Joe LoCascio, Bill Mays, Cedar Walton, and James Williams.

Ed is an Artist Clinician for the Yamaha Corporation of America, the Avedis Zildjian Company, Evans Drumheads, and Innovative Percussion, makers of Ed's signature stick.













This exciting release features trumpet great Marvin Stamm and drummer Ed Soph captured live at the world famous Birdland club in New York City. Marvin and Ed are joined by Bill Mays on piano, Rufus Reid on bass, and special guest John Abercrombie on guitar

Why a "live" CD? Why at Birdland?
There are times when everything just seems right for doing something like this. The quartet had several bookings in the New York area within the space of eight days - a concert in Connecticut, the COTA Festival in Delaware Water Gap, PA, and four nights in Birdland in New York City. Ed Soph and I had been talking about recording another CD, and this seemed to be the perfect time. We’ve spoken often of making a "live" recording of the quartet because this is how we play - the music open and "controlled" only by our own musical communication, sensitivity, and taste. This is who we really are as a group! Birdland seemed to be the optimum place for several reasons: the owners have created a "customer-friendly" environment that produces a relaxed atmosphere for the audiences; the New York audiences at Birdland are musically "hip" audiences; Birdland has installed quality recording equipment, making it unnecessary to bring in outside equipment. Working with these musicians as a group - Ed, Bill, and Rufus - always produces very special moments. None of us takes these events for granted or looks upon them as "just another gig." Each of us really comes to play! We invited John Abercrombie to join us at Birdland. He has performed with us several times in the past and fits in beautifully with our approach to the music. John is an extraordinarily sensitive and gifted musician. For me, performing with this group is a pinnacle of sorts because these are the guys with whom I want to play; they are my choice! Marvin Stamm, 2005








1977 Jazz Camp Brockport, N.Y.
© Tom Marcello










Clark Terry and his Jolly Giants perform at the Pakistan American Cultural Center.
L to R: Hilton Ruiz (piano; not visible); Clark Terry (trumpet); Victor Sproles (bass); Ed Soph (drums); Chris Woods (saxophone). - Karachi, Pakistan, 1978





















.Ed Soph - Drums & Rufus Reid - Bass
© Tom Marcello

























Ed Soph - Ronald Shannon Jackson





Mark Tonelli Trio with drummer Ed Soph and bassist James Driscoll































THE TEACHER...

performed with:

Clark Terry
John Adams
Michael Bloomfield
Marvin Stamm
David Friesen
Stan Smith
Lou Fischer
Tony Campise 
Dave Catney 
Duke Ellington
Carl Fontana 
Dan Haerle 
Fred Hamilton
Joe Henderson 
Woody Herman 
Marchel Ivery 
Stefan Karlsson 
David Liebman Quartet
Joe Locascio 
John McNeil 
Sammy Nestico 
One O'Clock Lab Band  Eric Scortia "Scortch"
Bobby Shew 
Howie Smith
Tony Klatka
Stefan Karlsson
Wally Heider
Ernie Wilkins
Sal Nistico
Buddy Powers
Victor Sproles
Ronnie Mathews
Ed Bland
Richard Gene
Williams Tom Warrington
Don Switzer
Bill Stapleton
Jack Jeffers
Tom Harrell 


...and many more






























Ed Soph - Essential Techniques for Drum Set

Ed's book and DVD are a must for anyone serious about playing musical time in a jazz setting. Drummers with little experience in this style of playing will begin their study with the correct concepts and techniques and develop the proper "basics" for lifelong improvement. The developing player and the professional will find this material so logical that they won't believe how quickly and easily their groove will deepen, their time will be right in the pocket, their ability to swing will intensify and their musical playing and improvising will reach new heights.

Topics include:

• Set-up
• Dynamic balance
• Non-repetitive ride patterns
• Playing the shuffle
• Dependent/independent coordination




...from Ed Soph


Bernhard,
Thanks for putting all the information on your site. I appreciate it very much. And I am very pleased that you like MUSICAL TIME. Stay well!
All the best,

Ed Soph










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