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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.

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Album #1 by Ed Thigpen

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Stunt Records/Sundance Music
2004

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The Element of Swing

Stunt Records/Sundance Music
2002

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Out Of The Storm

CMP Records
1966

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