Coming from the “four mallet school,” Ed Saindon has developed and continues to refine a pianistic approach to mallet playing which involves a consistent utilization of all four mallets along with a variety of dampening techniques. Saindon has absorbed and transferred the influences from the piano lineage that stretches from Waller and Tatum up to the present. Originally a drummer, Saindon began playing the vibraphone along with piano while attending Berklee College of Music in Boston from 1972-1976.
As a concert artist, Saindon has traveled throughout the U.S., Europe, Brazil, Mexico and Japan. He has played and or recorded with Dave Liebman, Ken Peplowski, Warren Vache, Kenny Werner, Mick Goodrick, Fred Hersch, Peter Erskine, Jeff Hamilton, Louie Bellson, Howard Alden, Herb Pomeroy, Dick Johnson, Dave McKenna, Marvin Stamm, Michael Moore and others.
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“a master of the four mallet technique” --Jazz Times
“a marvelous technician --CD Review
“an astounding solo performance” --Jazz Journal (UK)
“virtuosic playing” --Penguin Guide to Jazz
“exquisite touch of a world-class musician” --Jazziz
“elegant, pianistic, four mallet vibist” --All Music Guide
“Ed Saindon and Kenny Werner complement each other so well that at times it becomes difficult to tell where one ends and the other begins.” --JazzReview.com
Ed Saindon's piano playing is a blend between Bill Evans and Richie Beirach. -- Weekend Jazz (Japan)
“an original approach to the vibraphone...Saindon has adapted and developed his self- styled pianistic approach.” --DownBeat
“over the years, Saindon has developed his “piano style” vibraphone technique…a wonderful tribute to the potential of the vibraphone.” --Percussive Notes
Willing to teach
Advanced students only.
Professor at Berklee College of Music where he has been teaching since 1976. Has taught ear training, solfege, improvisation, ensemble, lessons on vibraphone, marimba, drums and piano.
Ed Saindon is a clinician sponsored by Yamaha and Vic Firth. Clinics cover vibraphone, marimba, drums and piano. Clinics on jazz theory and improvisation for all instrumentalists also available.