Basic Background Info

Birth: December 28, 1930, Chicago, Illinois
Location: Los Angeles/New York City
Band: Oscar Peterson Trio, Ella Fitzgerald
Genres: Jazz
Instruments: Drum
Occupation: Musician, Instructor



Ed Thigpen performed with the Oscar Peterson Trio with Oscar and Ray Brown and, for six years, was a member of what many still consider the greatest piano-bass-drums trio in the history of jazz music. In 2002 he received the International Association for Jazz Education's Humanitarian Award. Ed Thigpen is also a member of The Percussive Arts Society's Hall of Fame. Needless to say, Ed Thigpen is world-renowned for his "exemplary musicianship," faultless skill, and valuable teaching. Musicians, critics, and fans alike admire him as one of jazz's best.

Ed Thigpen was born in Chicago in December of 1930. He played in the swing band under respected instructor Samuel Browne at Thomas Jefferson High School in Los Angeles, California. Upon graduation, Ed Thigpen enrolled at Los Angeles City College, intending to study sociology. After just one year, he left the College to pursue music professionally. Ed Thigpen then spent time in St. Louis, Missouri, with his father who was also a drummer. In 1951 he moved to New York City and joined the Cootie Williams Band, playing at the Savoy Ballroom. The Cootie Williams Band then traveled around the country performing.

Ed Thigpen also toured with many celebrated contemporary R&B groups. Later, he worked with the Johnny Hodges Band, Bud Powell, Jutta Hipp, and Billy Taylor. While performing in musical groups, people started to recognize Ed's drumming aptitude. More and more, Ed performed concerts, recorded in studios, and regularly appeared on television's The Subject Is Jazz. Shortly thereafter, Ed began offering clinics for Ludwig.

In 1959 Ed Thigpen joined the famed Oscar Peterson Trio. This trio is regarded as a breakthrough group with some of the best talent playing piano, bass, and drums. Ed Thigpen recorded more than 50 albums with the trio. Oscar was a founding member of The Advanced School of Contemporary Music in Ontario, and Ed began teaching lessons there as well. Around this time, Ed Thigpen tied Elvin Jones in Down Beat magazine's jazz critic's poll for New Star on Drums.

In 1965, Ed Thigpen left the Oscar Peterson Trio and began touring with jazz legend Ella Fitzgerald. After two years on the road, Ed Thigpen stayed in Los Angeles freelancing. He performed with Johnny Mathis, Pat Boone, Andy Williams, Peggy Lee, Oliver Nelson, and Gerald Wilson. Then he teamed up with Ella Fitzgerald again, in a trio with Tommy Flanagan. They performed together for four years.

After departing from the trio with Ella Fitzgerald and Tommy Flanagan, Ed relocated to Copenhagen, Denmark. Ed kept performing and teaching after moving to Europe. He performed with both European and American musicians, in particular with Sylvia Vrethammer, Alice Babs, Kenny Drew, Sven Asmussen, Ernie Wilkins, Clark Terry, Milt Jackson, Monty Alexander, and Thad Jones. Ed Thigpen taught at a music institute in Sweden, emphasizing jazz percussion. Ed authored five instructional books and created two teaching videos. Recently he taught at the Rhythmic Conservatory in Copenhagen.

Ed Thigpen formed the group SCANTET with Carsten Dahl, Kasper Villaume, Anders Bergcrants, and Jesper Bodilsen. This group showcases exceptionally talented Scandinavian musicians. Ed continues touring around the world, particularly in the U.S. and Canada, and also offering clinics internationally. Ed Thigpen is best known as a classy and tasteful artist who accomplishes great feats subtly with the drums.
Ed Thigpen passed away on January 13th, 2010.


Album Year Album Name Album Band
1940 Passion Flower 1940-46 Johnny Hodges
1949 Blue Skies: The Irving Berlin Songbook Various Artists
1950 Why Try to Change Me Now Cy Coleman
1951 Great Saxophones (1951-1970) Various Artists
1952 Compact Jazz: Oscar Peterson and Friends Oscar Peterson
1952 Gershwin Songbooks Oscar Peterson
1952 Night and Day: The Cole Porter Songbook Various Artists
1952 Oscar Peterson Plays the Jerome Kern Songbook Oscar Peterson
1952 Song Is You: The Best of the Verve Songbooks Oscar Peterson
1953 After Hours with Miss D Dinah Washington
1953 Bluella: Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Blues Ella Fitzgerald
1953 Compact Jazz: Oscar Peterson Plays Jazz Standards Oscar Peterson
1953 Concert Years Ella Fitzgerald
1954 Sock! Gene Ammons
1954 Toshiko Trio Toshiko Akiyoshi
1956 Bernie's Tunes Bernard Peiffer
1956 Gil's Guests Gil Melle Quartet
1956 Jazz for Playboys Frank Wess/Joe Newman/Kenny Burrell/Fred
1956 Jazz Showcase John Coltrane
1956 Jutta Hipp at the Hickory House, Vol. 1 Jutta Hipp
1956 Jutta Hipp at the Hickory House, Vol. 2 Jutta Hipp
1956 Jutta Hipp With Zoot Sims Jutta Hipp with Zoot Sims
1956 Patterns in Jazz Gil Melle
1956 Prestige Recordings John Coltrane
1956 Primitive Modern/Quadrama Gil Melle Quartet
1956 Primitive Modern Gil Melle
1956 Trumpets All Out Art Farmer
1956 Verve Jazz Masters 50 Sonny Stitt
1957 Back in Town Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson
1957 Cattin' with Coltrane and Quinichette John Coltrane with Paul Quinchette
1957 Chase Is on Charlie Rouse and Paul Quinichette
1957 Compact Jazz: Modern Jazz Quartet Plus The Modern Jazz Quartet
1957 Earthy Prestige All Stars
1957 Earthy Various Artists
1957 Eddie Cleanhead Vinson Sings Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson
1957 For Lady Webster Young
1957 Grand Night for Swinging Mundell Lowe
1957 Jazz Harpist Dorothy Ashby
1957 Jazz Interplay John Coltrane
1957 Mal/2 Prestige 7111 Mal Waldron
1957 My Fair Lady Loves Jazz Billy Taylor
1957 New Billy Taylor Trio Billy Taylor
1957 On the Sunny Side Paul Quinichette
1957 Sits in with the Oscar Peterson Trio Sonny Stitt with Oscar Peterson Trio
1957 Verve Jazz Masters 51 Blossom Dearie
1958 Blues for Tomorrow Various Artists
1958 Chet Baker Introduces Johnny Pace Chet Baker
1958 Eight Ways to Jazz Various Artists
1958 Jazz for Young Moderns Anthony Ortega
1958 Once Upon a Summertime Blossom Dearie
1958 Oscar Peterson Plays My Fair Lady Oscar Peterson Trio
1958 Salute to Hamp Teddy Charles
1958 Three Trumpets Donald Byrd/Art Farmer/Idrees Sulieman
1959 Ben Webster Meets Oscar Peterson Ben Webster With Oscar Peterson
1959 Blossom Dearie Sings Comden and Green Blossom Dearie
1959 Bursting Out with the All-Star Big Band!/The Swinging Brass Oscar Peterson
1959 Jazz Portrait of Frank Sinatra Oscar Peterson
1959 Jazz Soul of Oscar Peterson/Affinity Oscar Peterson
1959 Jazz Soul of Oscar Peterson Oscar Peterson
1959 My Gentleman Friend Blossom Dearie
1959 Oscar Peterson Plays 'Porgy and Bess' Oscar Peterson
1959 Oscar Peterson Plays the Cole Porter Songbook Oscar Peterson
1959 Oscar Peterson Plays the Duke Ellington Song Book Oscar Peterson
1959 Oscar Peterson Plays the George Gershwin Song Book Oscar Peterson
1959 Oscar Peterson Plays the Harold Arlen Songbook Oscar Peterson
1959 Oscar Peterson Plays the Jimmy McHugh Songbook Oscar Peterson
1959 Silver Collection Oscar Peterson
1960 Angel Eyes Gene Ammons with Frank Wess and Art Tayl
1960 Four Jazz Legends Live at Newport 1960 Various Artists
1960 Gentle Jug, Vol. 2 Gene Ammons
1960 Low Down Guitar Mundell Lowe
1960 Soft Land of Make Believe Frank Minion
1960 Velvet Soul Gene Ammons
1961 Ella Returns to Berlin Ella Fitzgerald
1961 Jazz 'Round Midnight Cal Tjader
1961 Man and His Horn Anthony Ortega
1961 Sound of the Trio Oscar Peterson
1961 Talkin' Verve: Roots of Acid Jazz Cal Tjader
1961 Together Again Teddy Edwards with Howard McGhee
1961 Trio [1961] Oscar Peterson
1961 Trio: Live from Chicago Ed Thigpen
1961 Very Tall Oscar Peterson with Milt Jackson
1962 Affinity Oscar Peterson
1962 Bursting Out with the All-Star Big Band! Oscar Peterson
1962 Night Train, Vol. 1 Oscar Peterson
1962 Night Train Oscar Peterson Trio
1962 Put on a Happy Face Oscar Peterson
1962 Something Warm Oscar Peterson
1962 West Side Story Oscar Peterson Trio
1963 Bill Henderson/Oscar Peterson Trio Bill Henderson With the Oscar Peterson T
1963 Body & Soul Donald Byrd
1963 Exclusively for My Friends [Box Set] Oscar Peterson
1964 Action Oscar Peterson
1964 Canadiana Suite Oscar Peterson
1964 Compact Jazz: Oscar Peterson Oscar Peterson
1964 Easy Walker Oscar Peterson
1964 Live in Tokyo 1964 Oscar Peterson Trio
1964 Oscar Peterson Trio Plays Oscar Peterson
1964 Oscar Peterson Trio Plus One Oscar Peterson
1964 We Get Requests Oscar Peterson
1965 Blues Etude Oscar Peterson
1965 Eloquence Oscar Peterson Trio
1965 Exclusively for My Friends: The Lost Tapes Oscar Peterson
1966 Out of the Storm Ed Thigpen
1967 Live from Los Angeles Oliver Nelson
1968 Masters of Jazz, Vol. 11 Teddy Wilson
1968 Singer Richard Boone
1969 Ella Fitzgerald with the Tommy Flanagan Trio Ella Fitzgerald
1969 Sunshine of Your Love Ella Fitzgerald
1970 Legend Charles Brown
1971 Ella ‡ Nice Ella Fitzgerald
1972 Jazz at Santa Monica Civic '72 Various Artists
1973 Arrival Horace Parlan
1973 Blues for Harvey Johnny Griffin
1973 Flight to Denmark Duke Jordan
1973 Two Loves [Bonus Tracks] Duke Jordan
1973 Two Loves Duke Jordan
1974 Action-Re-Action Ed Thigpen
1974 Legacy of the Blues, Vol. 10 Eddie Boyd
1974 Mule Major Holley
1974 On the Sunny Side of The Street Helen Humes
1974 Wig is Here Gerald Wiggins
1975 More than You Know Dexter Gordon
1975 Truth Duke Jordan
1978 Funk Dumplin's Clark Terry
1978 Prize Winners Swend Asmussen w/ Drew/ Orsted/ Pedersen
1978 Zoot Sims in Copenhagen Zoot Sims
1979 Concord Jazz Heritage Series Monty Alexander
1979 Eclipse Thad Jones
1980 Afternoon in Europe Kenny Drew
1980 Ernie Wilkins & the Almost Big Band Ernie Wilkins
1980 Giant Bones '80 Kai Winding & Curtis Fuller
1980 Summer Serenade Benny Carter Quartet
1980 Teddy Wilson Trio Revisits the Goodman Years Teddy Wilson Trio
1981 Almost Big Band Live Ernie Wilkins
1981 Havin' Myself a Time Kim Parker
1981 Live! At the Slukefter Jazz Club Ernie Wilkins
1981 Manhattan Art Farmer Quintet
1981 Only Love Is the Way Lennart Flindt
1981 Your Soft Eyes Kenny Drew Trio
1982 Dream Comes True Lillian Terry
1982 Good Girl Kim Parker
1982 Lullaby Kenny Drew
1983 Fantasia Kenny Drew
1983 Moonlit Desert Kenny Drew
1983 Swingin' Love Kenny Drew
1984 Svend Asmussen at Slukafter Svend Asmussen
1985 By Request Kenny Drew
1985 Down Town Guido Manusardi
1985 Elegy Kenny Drew
1985 Oo-Shoo-Be-Doo-Be...Oo, Oo...Oo, Oo Lilian Terry with Dizzy Gillespie
1985 River Monty Alexander
1985 Sometimes I'm Blue Kim Parker
1986 On the Roll Ernie Wilkins
1987 Dream Kenny Drew
1987 Erteguns' New York Cabaret Various Artists
1988 Jazz 4 Jazz Deborah Borwn
1989 Absolute Torch and Twang k.d. lang and the Reclines
1989 Berlin Contemporary Jazz Orchestra Berlin Contemporary Jazz Orchestra
1989 Easy Flight Ed Thigpen
1989 Jazz Club: Piano Various Artists
1990 Handful of Keys: 13 Great Jazz Pianists Various Artists
1990 Jazz CD Sampler Various Artists
1990 Young Men and Olds Ed Thigpen
1991 Class Act Oliver Jones
1991 Complete Dinah Washington on Mercury, Vol. 3 (1952-1954) Dinah Washington
1991 Mr. Taste Ed Thigpen
1991 Will to Swing Oscar Peterson
1992 Cole Porter Songbook: Instrumentals-Anything Goes Various Artists
1992 Compact Jazz: Ben Webster Ben Webster
1992 Compact Jazz: Best of the Jazz Vocalists Various Artists
1992 Compact Jazz: Sonny Stitt Sonny Stitt
1992 Essential Oscar Peterson: The Swinger Oscar Peterson
1992 Jazz 'Round Midnight: Chanteuses Various Artists
1992 Jazz 'Round Midnight: Duke Ellington & Strayhorn Songbook Duke Ellington & Billy Strayhorn
1992 Jazz 'Round Midnight: Trumpet Various Artists
1992 Jazz 'Round Midnight Oscar Peterson
1992 Mahalia Jackson, Vol. 2 [Columbia] Mahalia Jackson
1992 S'Wonderful: The Gershwin Songbook Various Artists
1992 S'Wonderful George Gershwin
1993 Complete Cole Porter Songbooks Various Artists
1993 First Issue: The Dinah Washington Story Dinah Washington
1993 Jazz 'Round Midnight: Ben Webster Ben Webster
1993 We'll Have Manhattan (The Rodgers & Hart Songbook) Various Artists
1994 Confirmation Boulou Ferre Quartet
1994 Gershwin Songbook: 'S Marvelous: Various Artists
1994 Introducing Verve Jazz Masters, Vol. 20 Various Artists
1994 Live at the Greek 9/23/66 Duke Ellington & Ella Fitzgerald
1994 Live at Tilburg 1971 & Nassau 1969 Count Basie
1994 Passion Flower Johnny Hodges
1994 Quartet Afterstorm John Lindberg
1994 Relax & Enjoy Boulou FerrÈ Quartet
1994 Verve Jazz Masters 16 Oscar Peterson
1994 Verve Jazz Masters 19 Dinah Washington
1994 World of My Own Elly Wright
1995 Complete Gershwin Songbooks Various Artists
1995 Dream Session: The All-Stars Play Miles Davis Classic Various Artists
1995 Guitar Legacy Boulou FerrÈ Quartet
1995 In Europe 1961-63-66-69 Oscar Peterson
1995 In Sweden 1958-60 Stan Getz
1995 Percussion Summit Various Artists
1995 Punk Circus Eric Watson Trio
1995 Saying Something Roots
1995 This Is Jazz [Jazz World] Various Artists
1995 Those Fabulous Ladies of Jazz Various Artists
1995 Tribute to Duke Ellington Barbara Hendricks & the Monty Alexander
1996 Best of AFRS Jubilee, Vol. 8 Various Artists
1996 Best of Jazz 'Round Midnight Various Artists
1996 Clean Head's Back in Town Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson
1996 Complete Rodgers & Hart Songbook Various Artists
1996 I've Got You Under My Skin Various Artists
1996 Immortal Concerts, Pt. 1 Oscar Peterson Trio
1996 Immortal Concerts, Pt. 2 Oscar Peterson Trio
1996 Jazz Ladies [Delta] Various Artists
1996 Ladies of Jazz Ella Fitzgerald/Sarah Vaughan/Carmen McR
1996 Late Night Jazz Hour Various Artists
1996 Liberty City DJ Uncle Al
1996 Like Someone in Love Oscar Peterson
1996 Resurrection of a Dormant Soul John Lindberg
1996 You Must Believe in Swing Ranee Lee
1997 Complete Irving Berlin Songbooks Various Artists
1997 Complete Jerome Kern Songbooks Various Artists
1997 How Deep Is the Ocean?: The Irving Berlin Songbook Various Artists
1997 Jammin' With Ben Webster Ben Webster
1997 Live at CBC Studios, 1960 Oscar Peterson
1997 Mercury Blues 'n' Rhythm Story 1945-55: East Coast Blues Various Artists
1997 That Old Black Magic: The Harold Arlen Songbook Various Artists
1997 Trio + One Oscar Peterson & Clark Terry
1997 Will: A Tribute to Oscar Peterson Shelly Berg
1997 Yesterdays: The Jerome Kern Songbook - Instrumentals Various Artists
1998 1954 Dinah Washington
1998 1959 Oscar Peterson Trio
1998 Art of the Bass Various Artists
1998 Art of the Guitar Various Artists
1998 Art of the Piano Various Artists
1998 Baden 1972 Ben Webster & Dexter Gordon
1998 Ballads & Love Songs Dinah Washington
1998 Bounce John Lindberg
1998 By George (& Ira): Red Hot on Gershwin Various Artists
1998 Complete Blue Note 50s Sessions Gil Melle
1998 Essential Jazz Ballads [Box] Various Artists
1998 Essential Jazz Ballads, Vol. 1 Various Artists
1998 Essential Jazz Ballads, Vol. 2 Various Artists
1998 Frog: 1956-1962 Ben Webster
1998 It's Entertainment Ed Thigpen
1998 Jazz Giants Play Jerome Kern: Yesterdays Various Artists
1998 Justin Time for Christmas, Vol. 2 Various Artists
1998 Tribute to Duke Ellington, Vol. 2 Various Artists
1998 Ultimate Collection George Gershwin
1998 Ultimate Oscar Peterson Oscar Peterson
1998 Uno Dos Tres: Latin Jazz Grooves Various Artists
1998 West Coast Jazz Box: An Anthology of California Jazz Various Artists
1999 After Dark: Jazz Ballads Various Artists
1999 Billy Taylor Touch/One for Fun Billy Taylor
1999 Brazilian Horizons, Vol. 2 Various Artists
1999 Jazz After Dark, Vol. 1 Various Artists
1999 Jazz After Dark, Vol. 2 Various Artists
1999 Jazz by Candlelight Various Artists
1999 Jazz Stars Play Gershwin Various Artists
1999 Live: TH. Champs …lysÈes 20 Mars 1965-Pleyel 29 Ma Oscar Peterson
1999 Olympia, 1963 - The Champs …lysÈes, 1964 Oscar Peterson
1999 Olympia, Mai 1957, Avril 1960, FÈvrier 1961, Mars 1963 Oscar Peterson
1999 Oscar Peterson Plays the Duke Ellington Song Book Oscar Peterson
1999 Paris Jazz Concert [Malaco] Oscar Peterson
1999 Simply the Best Earl Hooker
1999 Sunday Morning Jazz Various Artists
1999 Swing Boogie Various Artists
1999 Verve Elite Edition Collectors' Disc Various Artists
2000 75th Birthday Celebration Oscar Peterson
2000 Ballad Essentials Monty Alexander
2000 Ben Webster's Finest Hour Ben Webster
2000 Black Beauty, the Duke in Mind Joya Sherril
2000 Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis Quartet Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis Quartet
2000 Incontournables Ella Fitzgerald
2000 Intimate Moments [St. Clair] Various Artists
2000 Jazz Singers, Vol. 1 & 2 Various Artists
2000 Jazz Singers, Vol. 1 Various Artists
2000 Jazz Singers, Vol. 2 [Delta] Various Artists
2000 Jazz Trombone Spirituals Vincent Nilsson Quartet
2000 Jealousy Duke Jordan
2000 Night Out With Verve Various Artists
2000 Oscar Peterson's Finest Hour Oscar Peterson
2000 Prestige Legacy, Vol. 1: The High Priests Various Artists
2000 Soulcall Nnenna Freelon
2000 Teddy Wilson Trio [Storyville] Teddy Wilson
2000 Verve Jazz Masters 40: Dinah Sings Standards Dinah Washington
2001 Cabaret Ella Fitzgerald
2001 Easy Living: Essential Jazz Ballads Various Artists
2001 Jazz Ladies [Box Set] Various Artists
2001 Jazz Romance: A Night in With Verve Various Artists
2001 Silent Hearts Eric Watson
2001 Tribute to George Gershwin: It's Wonderful Barbara Hendricks
2001 Wig is Here [French Bonus Tracks] Gerald Wiggins
2002 Brazilian Flavour, Vol. 2 Various Artists
2002 Classic Jazz: Jazz Legends Various Artists
2002 Contemporary Sampler [OJC] Various Artists
2002 Definitive Black & Blue Sessions: Sneakin' Around Helen Humes
2002 Definitive Dinah Washington Dinah Washington
2002 Element of Swing Ed Thigpen
2002 Explosive Drums Various Artists
2002 Flower Walts Zoot Sims
2002 Jazz Odyssey Oscar Peterson
2002 Jazz Singing Various Artists
2002 Mercury Songbook Various Artists
2002 Mixed Emotions Dinah Washington
2002 Montreal Jazz Festival Various Artists
2002 Prestige Legacy, Vol. 3: The All Star Jam Sessions Various Artists
2002 Sofistifunk, Vol. 2 Various Artists
2002 Stranger in Town Gene Ammons
2003 Best of the Concert Years: Trios & Quartets Ella Fitzgerald
2003 Blue Voices: The Finest in Jazz Ballads Various Artists
2003 Bossa Jazz Deluxe Various Artists
2003 Dimensions: A Compendium of the Pablo Years Oscar Peterson
2003 Diva Series Blossom Dearie
2003 Diva Series Dinah Washington
2003 Soul Eyes: The Mal Waldron Memorial Album Mal Waldron
2003 Storyville 50th Anniversary Celebration Various Artists
2003 Ultimate Diva Collection: The Diva Series Various Artists
2003 Very Best of Oscar Peterson Oscar Peterson
2003 With Zoot Sims Jutta Hipp
2004 #1 Ed Thigpen Scantet
2004 Art of Duo/We Get Requests Oscar Peterson
2004 Best of John Coltrane [Prestige] John Coltrane
2004 Bob Acri With Diane Delin,George Mraz, Lew Soloff, Ed Thigpen, and Frank Wess Bob Acri
2004 Brazilian Flavour [2 Disc] Various Artists
2004 Contemporary Records Story Various Artists
2004 Exclusively for My Friends, Vol. 1: Action Oscar Peterson
2004 Jazz Voice [Fantasy] Various Artists
2004 Live At Stampen Stockholm 1969-73 Ben Webster
2004 NEA Jazz Masters Various Artists
2004 Oscar Peterson for Lovers Oscar Peterson
2004 Queen: The Music of Dinah Washington Dinah Washington
2004 Relaxin' With Horace Horace Parlan
2004 Svend Asmussen Quartet Svend Asmussen
2005 Bass in the Background: A Great Selection 1962-1992 Niels-Henning ÿrsted Pedersen
2005 Ben Webster for Lovers Ben Webster
2005 Final Concerts Oscar Peterson
2005 Get Happy: The Harold Arlen Centennial Celebration Various Artists
2005 Live at Montreux 1969 [DVD] Ella Fitzgerald
2005 Mercury Blues Story: East Coast Blues, Vol. 2 Various Artists
2005 Modern Art [Bonus Tracks] Art Farmer/Bill Evans
2005 Prestige Profiles, Vol. 9 John Coltrane
2005 Putumayo Presents: Swing Around the World Various Artists
2005 Queen of the Blues [Box Set] Dinah Washington
2005 Revisits the Goodman Years Teddy Wilson
2005 Tribute to Duke Ellington [DVD] Barbara Hendricks
2005 We Are Povo Povo
2006 Around the World for Lovers Various Artists
2006 Billy Taylor Trio with Earl May & Ed Thigpen Billy Taylor Trio/Earl May/Ed Thigpen
2006 Fly Me to the Moon Oscar Peterson
2006 London Concert 1964 Oscar Peterson
2006 Masters of Jazz: The Sampler Various Artists
2006 Masters of Jazz Teddy Wilson
2006 Resource/Action. Re. Action The Asmussen/Thigpen Quartet
2006 Sonet Blues Story Eddie Boyd
2006 Soul Jazz Various Artists
2007 Dig Ben! Ben Webster
2007 Evil Gal Dinah Washington
2007 In Copenhagen Zoot Sims
2007 In Copenhagen Teddy Wilson
2007 Interplay John Coltrane
2007 Jazz: Love Songs After Dark Various Artists
2007 Playboy Jazz: Jazz Love Songs After Dark Various Artists
2008 Bar Jazz [Universal Japan] Various Artists
2008 Benny Carter in Copenhagen Benny Carter
2008 Jutta Hipp with Zoot Sims [RVG] Jutta Hipp with Zoot Sims
2008 New York Blues And R&B [Acrobat] Various Artists
2008 Otoko No Kakurega Jazz Compilation: Love Various Artists
2008 Misty Kenny Drew
2008 Lullaby from Birdland Kenny Drew
2008 Love in Venice Kenny Drew
2008 Live in Yugoslavia 1964 Oscar Peterson
2008 Live at the Village Vanguard (DVD) Lee Konitz
2008 Let's Go by a Train Various Artists
2008 Le Reine - The Queen: 1943-1957 Dinah Washington
2008 L'Essentiel Barbara Hendricks
2008 Getting Close to You Andreas Pettersson Trio
2008 Complete Prestige Recordings 1956-57 Gil Melle
2008 Complete Origianl Trio Recordings Hank Jones
2008 Complete Live Recordings Sonny Stitt
2008 Birth of a Genius John Coltrane
2008 Benny Carter in Copenhagen Benny Carter
2009 The Best of Oscar Peterson Trio Oscar Peterson Trio
2009 Teach Me Tonight Blossom Dearie
2009 Soft Sands/Plays My Fair Lady Oscar Peterson
2009 Side Steps John Coltrane
2009 I Should Care Duke Jordan
2009 From Johnny Griffin with Love Johnny Griffin
2010 The Jazz Soul of Oscar Peterson/Plays Porgy & Bess Oscar Peterson
2010 Standards: Great Songs/Great Performances Oscar Peterson
2010 Solo Big Band Teddy Wilson
2010 Little Jazz Bird Blossom Dearie
2010 Four Classic Albums Al Cohn
2011 Four Classic Albums Sonny Stitt
2012 The Complete Remastered Recordings on Black Saint & Soul Note Dave Douglas
2012 Live in Baden, Switzerland Oliver Jones
2014 Icon Oscar Peterson


  • "When I saw Papa Jo Jones, that did it!" - Ed Thigpen
  • Ed recorded one album, Out of the Storm, as a leader of Verve in 1996.

Instruments of Choice



Drums: Remo
Cymbals: Sabian
Hardware: Gibraltar, Drum Workshop
Electronics: Shure
Sticks: Regal Tip

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