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  • School / Univ. / Institution: University of North Texas College of Music
  • Country: United States

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).

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.

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.


Essential Techniques for Drumset

The Big Band Primer

Fundamental Coordination Studies

The Drumset: A Musical ApproachMusical Time


Rhythmic Improvisation, Sticks & Brushes Fundamentals, Style Formats for Improvisation, Rhythm Section Concepts, Big Band Techniques


Baby Dodds - Talking & Drum Solos (drummer - Baby Dodds) / Miles Davis - Relaxin' (drummer - Philly Joe Jones) / Miles Davis - Kind of Blue (drummer - Jimmy Cobb) / Wes Montgomery - Smokin' at the Haft Note (drummer - Jimmy Cobb) / Wayne Shorter - Speak no Evil (drummer - Elvin Jones) / John Coltrane - Giant Steps (drummer - Cobb/Art Taylor) / John Coltrane - A Love Supreme (drummer - Elvin Jones) / Sonny Rollins - Saxophone Colossus (drummer - Max Roach) / Art Blakey - A Night at Birdland (drummer - Art Blakey) / Chick Corea - Now He Sings, Now he Sobs (drummer - Roy Hanes) / Clifford Brown - Brown/Roach Inc. (drummer - Max Roach) / Louis Armstrong - Satchmo at Symphony Hall (drummer - Sid Catlett) / Keith Jarrett - At the Blue Note (drummer - Jack DeJohnette) / G. Krupa/B. Rich - Krupa & Rich (drummers - Krupa & Rich)

Selected Discography:


NO PLACE TO GO BUT UP, Stefan Karlsson Trio

MUSIC IS FOREVER, Stefan Karlsson Trio

With Woody Herman Big Band

Heavy Exposure (Cadet)

Giant Steps (Fantasy)

Woody & Friends at Monterey (Concord)

With Clark Terry's Big Band & Quintet

Live at Buddy's Place (Vanguard)

Live in Tokyo (Japanese Release)

With David Liebman

The Opal Heart (Inner City/Polygram)

With Joe Henderson

Barcelona (Enja)

With Bill Watrous

Manhattan Wildlife Refuge (Columbia)

With Bobby Shew

Tribute to the Masters (Double-Time)

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