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Ed Thigpen

Ed Thigpen

(1930 – 2010)

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Ed Thigpen

Ed Thigpen
(1930 – 2010)

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Ed Thigpen

(1930 – 2010)
About Ed
This is a tribute to Ed Thigpen. Edmund Leonard Thigpen was an American jazz drummer, perhaps best-known for his work with the Oscar Peterson trio from 1959 to 1965. Thigpen also performed with the Billy Taylor trio from 1956 to 1959.
Born in Chicago, Illinois Ed Thigpen was raised in Los Angeles, California and attended Thomas Jefferson High School, which was also attended by Art Farmer, Dexter Gordon and Chico Hamilton. His father, Ben, was a drummer who played with Andy Kirk for sixteen years during the 1930s and 1940s. Ed first worked professionally in New York City with the Cootie Williams orchestra from 1951 to 1952 at the Savoy Ballroom. After working with Dinah Washington, Gil Melle, Oscar Pettiford,
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Eddie Vinson, Paul Quinichette, Ernie Wilkins, Charlie Rouse, Lennie Tristano, Jutta Hipp, Johnny Hodges, Dorothy Ashby, Bud Powell, and Billy Taylor, he replaced guitarist Herb Ellis in the Oscar Peterson Trio in 1959 in Toronto, Canada.
In 1961 he recorded with the Teddy Edwards–Howard McGhee Quintet in Los Angeles with Phineas Newborn, Jr. and Ray Brown.
After leaving Peterson he recorded one album as a leader for Verve, Out of the Storm of 1966. He then toured with Ella Fitzgerald from 1967 to 1972, after which he settled in Copenhagen, Denmark.
He was Inducted into the Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame.
Ed Thigpen passed away peacefully after a brief period in Hvidovre Hospital
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(Copenhagen, Denmark) on January 13th, 2010. This is a memorial in honour of Ed Thigpen, his life and his work. May he rest in peace.
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Ed Thigpen

This is a tribute to Ed Thigpen. Edmund Leonard Thigpen was an American jazz drummer, perhaps best-known for his work with the Oscar Peterson trio from 1959 to 1965. Thigpen also performed with the Billy Taylor trio from 1956 to 1959.
Born in Chicago, Illinois Ed Thigpen was raised in Los Angeles, California and attended Thomas Jefferson High School, which was also attended by Art Farmer, Dexter Gordon and Chico Hamilton. His father, Ben, was a drummer who played with Andy Kirk for sixteen years during the 1930s and 1940s. Ed first worked professionally in New York City with the Cootie Williams orchestra from 1951 to 1952 at the Savoy Ballroom. After working with Dinah Washington, Gil Melle, Oscar Pettiford,...

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