Ed Soph is internationally recognized as an author, teacher, and musician.
As a performer and recording artist, Ed has played with the big bands of Stan Kenton, Woody Herman, Bill Watrous, and Clark Terry. Small group credits include Joe Henderson, Bobby Shew, Lee Konitz, Randy Brecker, David Liebman, Carl Fontana, Bill Evans, Clark Terry, Marvin Stamm, Bill Mays, Dan Haerle, Stefan Karlsson, and Eddie Gomez.
Ed authored the book and DVD MUSICAL TIME, published by Carl Fischer. Other publications include THE BIG BAND PRIMER and ESSENTIAL TECHNIQUES FOR DRUMSET (Meredith Music). He also created a course on jazz improvisation that is available on the Drum Channel at https://www.drumchannel.com/product/jazz-improvisation/.
Ed is the recipient of lifetime achievement awards in education from the Yamaha Corporation and the Percussive Arts Society, and he was inducted into the Percussive Arts Society’s Hall of Fame. He is also recognized as a “LeJENd in Jazz Education” by the Jazz Education Network.
Ed recently retired as Professor of Jazz Studies at the University of North Texas where he taught for 30 years. His students include Ari Hoenig, Keith Carlock, Jason Sutter, Jim White, Jim Riley, Ross Pederson, Bill Campbell, Brian Delaney, Rich Redmond, Earl Harvin, and Blair Sinta.
Ed is an Artist Clinician for Yamaha drums, Zildjian cymbals, Innovative Percussion, and Evans drumheads.
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