Ed Soph
March 21, 1945




Ed Soph
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.

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).

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.























1977 Jazz Camp Brockport, N.Y.
© Tom Marcello









Ed Soph - Essential Techniques for Drum Set


Ed's book and DVD are a must for anyone serious about playing musical time in a jazz setting. Drummers with little experience in this style of playing will begin their study with the correct concepts and techniques and develop the proper "basics" for lifelong improvement. The developing player and the professional will find this material so logical that they won't believe how quickly and easily their groove will deepen, their time will be right in the pocket, their ability to swing will intensify and their musical playing and improvising will reach new heights.

Topics include:
• Set-up
• Dynamic balance
• Non-repetitive ride patterns
• Playing the shuffle
• Dependent/independent coordination



Clark Terry and his Jolly Giants perform at the Pakistan American Cultural Center.
L to R: Hilton Ruiz (piano; not visible); Clark Terry (trumpet); Victor Sproles (bass);
Ed Soph (drums); Chris Woods (saxophone). - Karachi, Pakistan, 1978





Bernhard,
Thanks for putting all the information on your site. I appreciate it very much. And I am very pleased that you like MUSICAL TIME. Stay well!
All the best,
Ed Soph







Ed Soph - Ronald Shannon Jackson



Ed Soph - Drums & Rufus Reid - Bass
© Tom Marcello








Mark Tonelli Trio - Ed Soph - James Driscoll











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