Ed Shaughnessy
January 29, 1929 - May 24, 2013
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from the private collection of Ed Shaughnessy




Ed Shaughnessy...

Edwin T. Shaughnessy was born 29 January 1929, in Jersey City, New Jersey. A self-taught drummer, Shaughnessy came to prominence, mainly in the New Yorkarea, in the late 40s working with George Shearing, Jack Teagarden, Georgie Auld and especially Charlie Ventura. In the 50s he became more widely known owing to engagements with bands led by Benny Goodman and Tommy Dorsey and he also worked with Johnny Richards. In the 60s he was with Count Basie and also worked extensively in New York studios, securing a long-term engagement with The Tonight Show band.

Although best known as a big band drummer, Shaughnessy's considerable skills spilled over into small group work with Gene Ammons, Roy Eldridge, Billie Holiday, Mundell Lowe, Teo Macero, Charles Mingus, Shirley Scott, Jack Sheldon, Horace Silver and many others. For several years Shaughnessy was a member of the house band at Birdland and other New York clubs. In the early 70s he was doing similar work in Los Angeles and is credited with discovering Diana Schuur, whom he introduced at the 1976 Monterey Jazz Festival.

Shaughnessy's consummate skills have allowed him to become a sought-after teacher, an activity which he pursued through the 80s and 90s while simultaneously maintaining a busy recording and live performance schedule.

Edwin Thomas "Ed" Shaughnessy (born January 29, 1929) is a swing music and bebop drummer best known for his long association with Doc Severinsen and the Tonight Show Band on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.

He was born in Jersey City, New Jersey and grew up in the New York City area, working in the 1940s with George Shearing, Jack Teagarden, and Charlie Ventura. In the 1950s he worked in the Benny Goodman and Tommy Dorsey bands.

In the 1960s he played for Count Basie prior to joining the Tonight Show band. He was the drummer on " The Unpredictable Jimmy Smith" in 1962 which featured big band arrangements by Oliver Nelson and included a rousing version of "Walk on the Wild Side" which became a pop hit. In 1969 Ed was the Tonight Show session drummer during the performance of Jimi Hendrix. Shaughnessy recorded extensively throughout his career and was known for his drum competition with Buddy Rich.

He is an endorser of Ludwig drums, Sabian cymbals and Pro-Mark drumsticks.

Although best known as a big band drummer, Shaughnessy's considerable skills spilled over into small group work with Gene Ammons, Roy Eldridge, Billie Holiday, Mundell Lowe, Teo Macero, Charles Mingus, Shirley Scott, Jack Sheldon, Horace Silver, and many others.

For several years Shaughnessy was a member of the house band at Birdland and other New York clubs.

In the early 70s he was doing similar work in Los Angeles and is credited with discovering Diane Schuur, whom he introduced at the 1976 Monterey Jazz Festival.

In addition to his work on "The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson", Ed Shaughnessy has also played in an early incarnation of the "Sesame Street" orchestra along with percussionist Danny Epstein, reed player Wally Kane, and, on occasion, freelance guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli.

Ed Shaughnessy's consummate skills have allowed him to become a sought-after teacher, an activity which he pursues while simultaneously maintaining a busy recording and live performance schedule.

2012: Ed Shaughnessy publishes his long awaited book "Lucky Drummer - From NYC to Johnny Carson" with great personal stories from behind the scenes.

May 24, 2013: Ed Shaughnessy had a heart attack at his Calabasas home.....






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performed with:

The Tonight Show
Johnny Carson
Doc Severinsen

appeared with:

Jimi Hendrix
Louis Armstrong
Oliver Nelson
Don Ellis
Charlie Mingus
Charlie Parker
Sammy Davis jr.
B.B. King
Tony Bennett
Anita Baker
Buddy Rich
Count Basie
Tommy Dorsey
Benny Goodman
Stan Getz

worked and
recorded with:

Trigger Alpert
Gene Ammons
Danny Bank
Count Basie
George Benson
Irving Berlin
Tony Bennett
Stephen Bishop
Patti Brown
Bob Brookmeyer
Gary Burton
Lodi Carr
Betty Carter
Teddy Charles
Cincinnati Pop Orchestra
Chris Connor
DJ Uncle All
George Duvivier
Roy Eldridge
Les & Larry Elgart
The Flow
Jimmy Forrest
Barry Galbraith
Bernie Glow
Benny Goodman
Honi Gordon
David Grisman
Jimmy Guiffre
Arlo Guthrie
Billie Holiday
Jackie and Roy
Quentin Jackson
Etta Jones
Quincy Jones
Thad Jones
Rahsaan Roland Kirk
Lee Konitz
Erich Kunzel
Arnie Lawrence
Hubert Laws
Jack Lemmon
Mundell Lowe (Quartet)
Irwin "Marky" Markowitz
Johnny Mathis
Jimmy Maxwell
Carmen McRay
Lucky Millinder
Charles MIngus
Wes Montgomery
Maria Muldaur
Oliver Nelson
Joe Newman
Charlie Parker
Romeo Penque
Perez Prado
Arthur Prysock
Boots Randolph
Johnnie Ray
Marty Robbins
Ernie Royal
Shirley Scott
Doc Severinsen
Ravi Shankar
Bobby Short
Zoot Sims
Jimmy Smith
Sam Taylor
Clark Terry
Cal Tjader
Tonight Show Band
Charlie Ventura
Chuck Wayne
Snooky Young

.....and many more
















































...from a Zildjian Cymbal Set-Up Book from the 60'.


Ed Shaughnessy's Drum Set Up
Drums: Ludwig
in Classic White Finish
A 5 x 14 Black Beauty Snare
B 9 x 13 Rack Tom
C 7 x 12 Rack Tom
D 14 x 16 Floor Tom
E 16 x 16 Floor Tom
F 14 x 22 Bass Drums x 2

Cymbals: Sabian
1 15" AA Hi-Hats
2 18" AA Medium Thin Crash
3 15" AA Medium Thin Crash
4 21" Signature Ed Shaughnessy Universal Ride (Medium-Heavy)
5 18" AA Medium Thin Crash
6 22" AA Chinese

Sticks
ProMark Ed Shaughnessy Model, white Oak, wood tip



Hardware
Ludwig including a legless Hi-Hat-Stand and Chain-Drive Bass Drum Pedal

Heads:
Aquarian Medium White on Snare Batter, Classic Clear on Tom Batters with Ludwig Heavy Clear on Bottoms.


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Ed Shaughnessy - Bernhard Castiglioni (Drummerworld) - PASIC
...from Ed Shaughnessy
Dear Bernhard
Thank you for your update. Glad the Duet (Battle) with Buddy Rich is so popular. I always thought it would be a fun thing to be seen...these many years later.
Your fine efforts make you the "BIG C." of Drum Web Sites.
Warmest regards
Ed Shaughnessy




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Ed Shaughnessy - Todd Trent (Ludwig)



Butch Miles - Ed Shaughnessy



Ed Shaughnessy signing at the Ludwig booth NAMM 2008



Marvin "Smittie" Smith - Ed Shaughnessy
NAMM 2008



Ed Shaughnessy and Johnny Carson















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