Ed Thigpen

Ed Thigpen

Edmund Leonard (Ed) Thigpen (born December 28, 1930) is an American jazz drummer born in Chicago, Illinois, perhaps best-known for his work with the Oscar Peterson trio from 1959-1965. Thigpen also performed with the Billy Taylor trio from 1956-1959.

Ed's father, Ben, was a drummer who played with Andy Kirk for sixteen years during the 1930s and 1940s. Ed was raised in Los Angeles, California and attended "Thomas Jefferson High School", which was also attended by Art Farmer, Dexter Gordon and Chico Hamilton. Thigpen first worked professionally in New York City with the Cootie Williams orchestra from 1951-1952 at the Savoy Ballroom. After working with Dinah Washington, Gil Melle, Oscar Pettiford, Eddie Vinson, Paul Quinichette, Ernie Wilkins, Charlie Rouse, Lennie Tristano, Jutta Hipp, Johnny Hodges, Dorothy Ashby, Bud Powell, and Billy Taylor, he replaced guitarist Herb Ellis in the Oscar Peterson Trio in 1959 in Toronto, Canada.

After leaving Peterson he recorded one album as a leader for Verve, "Out Of The Storm" of 1966. He then toured with Ella Fitzgerald from 1967-1972, after which he settled in Copenhagen, Denmark. In Denmark Thigpen has worked with a variety of artists in Europe, including Alice Babs, Kenny Drew, Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, Ernie Wilkins, Svend Asmussen, Clark Terry, Milt Jackson, Monty Alexander and Thad Jones.


* Induction into the Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame

elect Discography

with the Dorothy Ashby Quartet:
* "The Jazz Harpist" (1956; Regent)with Gil Melle:
* "Gil's Guests" (1957; Prestige)with Billy Taylor:
* "My Fair Lady Loves Jazz" (1957; ABC Records)
* "The New Billy Taylor Trio" (1957; Paramount/ABC)with Paul Quinichette and Charlie Rouse:
* "The Chase Is On" (1957; Bethlehem)
* "When The Blues Comes On, Pt. 1&2" (1957; Bethlehem) with Eddie Vinson:
* "Cleanhead's Back In Town" (1957; Bethlehem) with Oscar Pettiford:
* "Winner's Circle" (1957; Bethlehem)with Oscar Peterson:
* "The Oscar Peterson Trio In Tokyo 1964" (1964; Pablo)with Teddy Charles:
* "Salute To Hamp" (1958; Bethlehem)with Tony Ortega:
* "Jazz For Young Moderns" (1958, 1959; Bethlehem)with Frank Minion:
* "The Soft Land Of Make Believe" (1959; Bethlehem) with Ella Fitzgerald:
* "Ella in Budapest, Hungary" (1970; Pablo)
* "Ella à Nice" (1971; Pablo Live)
* "Jazz at Santa Monica Civic '72" (1972; Pablo)
* "Ella Loves Cole" (1972; Atlantic), reissued as "Dream Dancing (1978; Pablo)with Svend Asmussen:
* "As Time Goes By" (1978; Sonet Records)with Jack van Poll:
* "Cat's Groove" (1988; September Records)with Oliver Jones:
* "A Class Act" (1991; Justin Time Records)with John Lindberg, Albert Mangelsdorff & Eric Watson:
* "Quartet Afterstorm" (1994; Black Saint)with Eric Watson and Mark Dresser:
* "Silent Hearts" (2001; Sunnyside Records) with Ernie Wilkins on the Everest label:
* "Everest Years" (CD; 1959, 1960; 2005; VI Music)

External links

* [http://www.edthigpen.com/ Ed Thigpen Online]

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