Ed Thigpen
December 28, 1930 - January 13, 2010
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Ed Thigpen...
Receipient of the 2002 IAJE (International Association for Jazz Education)
HUMANITARIAN AWARD, the IFPI (International Federation of Phonagraph
Industry) 2002 Danish Jazz Awards and also Inducted into The PAS (Percussive
Arts Society) HALL OF FAME.

World-renown for his exemplary musicianship, his artistry with wire brushes, and his highly effective teaching methods, Ed Thigpen is admired by musicians and critics alike as one of the finest performer/educators in jazz.

Born in Chicago December 28, 1930, Edmund Thigpen grew up in Los Angeles where he atteneded Thomas Jefferson High School, whose alumni include artists such as Dexter Gorden, Chico Hamilton and Art Farmer, There he got his practical experience in the schools
swing band under the guidance of the revered teacher Samuel Browne.

After graduating from high school in 1949, he entered Los Angeles City college as a sociology major but left after a year to pursue a career in music. He then moved to St. Louis, Mo. to live with his father, drummer Ben Thigpen, well-known for his work with the Andy Kirk band in the1930s. In 1951 Ed moved to New York where he joined the Cootie Williams bad at the Savoy Ballroom. He traveled throughout America with this band and many of the wellknown rhythm and blues groups of the period.

Between 1954 and `58 he worked with Dinah Washington, the Johnny Hodges band and the trios of Bud Powell, Jutta Hipp, and Billy Taylor. During this period he began to gain recognition though his performances in concerts, nightclubs, recording studios and on the television series The Subject is Jazz, He also became a clinician for the Ludwig drum company.

In 1959 he joined the Oscar Peterson Trio and also was an instructor at The Advanced School of Conteporary Music, founded by Oscar Peterson, bassist Ray Brown and composer Phil Nimmons in Toronto, Canada. That same year Ed and Elvin Jones were tied for the New Star on Drums in the Down Beat jazz critics poll.

The Trio still considered by many musicians and public to be the greatest piano-bass-drums trio in the history of jazz traveled the world with Jazz at the Philharmonic. Ed recorded more than 50 albums with Peterson before he left the group in 1965 and toured with Ella Fitzgerald. In 1967, do settled in Los Angeles to do freelance work.

Among the artists he performed with were Johnny Mathis, Pat Boone, Andy Williams, Peggy Lee, Oliver Nelson and Gerald Wilson. In late 1968, Ed rejoined Ella Fitzgerald in a trio led by Tommy Flanagan. Ed remained with Ella until September,1972, when he settled in Denmark.

Europe: 1972 to present:

With Copenhagen as his base, he has continued his work as both a performer and educator. Per-forming with both European and Amerika artists in Sweden with singers Sylvia Vrethammer and Alice Babs and throughout the continent with Kenny Drew, Sven Asmussen, Ernie Wilkins, Clark Terry, Milt Jackson, Monty Alexander and Thad Jones. He founded his own group, Action-Reaction, and also continued working as a teacher and clinician, giving courses on jazz percussion at the Musicskolan in Sweden and presently gives courses at the Rhythmic Conservatory in Copenhagen.

Ed has written and published five books, including Ed Thigpen Talking Drums; a collaboration with Ray Brown called Be Our Guest; Rhythm Analysis and Basic co-ordination, and The Sound of Brushes. The most recent is a manual titled Rhythm Brought to Life. He has made two instruction videos, Ed Thigpen on Jazz Drumming and The Essence of Brushes.

Though he still has his main residence in Copenhagen, Ed in recent years has been traveling extensively in the United States and Canada, as well as europe, leading his own groups and performing as a featured artist with others. He also continues to conduct clinics and seminars throughout the world.

Equipment:

Remo Drums -Sabian Cymbals - Regal Tip, sticks & brushes - Gibraltar Hardware - Shure Bros. Microphones - Humes & Berg cases

Signature Equipment:

Ed Thigpen Signature Crystal Ride Cymbals by Sabian.
Crystal Rides: 22, 20, 18
Crystal Bell Rides: 22, 20, (med) & 18 med.thin
Crystal Bell Ride
Ed Thigpen Signature Sticks and Brushes by Calato Regal Tip
Ed Thigpen Signature Brush-Up practice pad by Remo


Ed Thigen passed away January 13, 2010.

































The Brush Masters:
Jake Hanna - Jeff Hamilton - Ed Thigpen















performed with:

Oscar Peterson
Ray Brown
Clark Terry
Herbie Hancock
Kenny Burell
Ron Carter
Tony Purrone
Mads Vinding
Kenny Drew
Norman Granz
Clark Terry
Herb Ellis
Ernie Wilkins
Ella Fitzgerald
Jim Davis
Paul Quinichette
Mal Waldron
Ben Webster
Mads Vinding
Gus Johnson
Niels-Henning
Ørsted Pedersen
Dinah Washington
Tommy Flanagan
Sahib Shihab
Louis Hayes
Gene Ammons
Earl Hooker
Boulou Ferre
Elios Ferre
Duke Ellington
Thad Jones
Chet Baker
Count Basie
Eric Watson Trio

...and many more















Mark Brzezicki
Steve Ferrone
Jon Hiseman
Ian Paice
Ed Thigpen
Pete York



























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PASIC 2007 - Columbus - Ohio: three generations:
Ed Thigpen - Ronald Bruner jr. - Chester Thompson



Ed Thigpen - Bernhard Castiglioni
(Drummerworld)