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Currently Professor of Jazz Studies in the College of Music at the University of North Texas, Ed Soph’s career spans forty years as a performer, recording artist, author, and teacher.
Those years have included tours, recordings, and performances with the Stan Kenton Orchestra, Woody Herman’s “Thundering Herd”, Clark Terry’s Big Band and Quintet, and Bill Watrous’ Manhattan Wildlife Refuge. Small group credits include Clark Terry, David Liebman, Randy Brecker, Slide Hampton, Bill Evans, Bobby Shew, Joe Henderson, Marvin Stamm, Lee Konitz, Gary Burton, Stefan Karlsson, Phil Woods, Eddie Gomez, Kenny Wheeler, and Carl Fontana.
Ed currently performs with the Marvin Stamm quartet with Bill Mays, piano, and Rufus Reid, bass; and with the Eddie Gomez trio with pianiat Stefan Karlsson.
Ed is the author of three books, his most recent being MUSICAL TIME (Carl Fischer). There is also an instructional
Ed’s insights into rhythmic improvisation, the art of practicing, stylistic concepts, technical principles, and fundamental aspects of musicality on the drum set make his presentations uniquely informative, practical, and entertaining.
.CONCEPTS OF RHYTHMIC IMPROVISATION AND INTERACTION FOR THE JAZZ RHYTHM SECTION
The trio (guitar, bass, and drums) will take a jazz standard and by playing this tune with a variety of rhythmic approaches by the drums (from simple “beat” accompaniment to highly interactive playing) demonstrate that “interaction” is the natural result of rhythmic improvisation.
The trio will first play the tune as it is written on a lead sheet. There is no rhythmic improvisation. Then, as rhythmic improvisation develops in subsequent examples one will hear the “interactive” nature of the trio emerge.
Although primarily focused on the drummer’s role, the roles of the pianist and bassist will also be addressed from the drummer’s standpoint.
This presentation has relevance for rhythm section players and is especially valuable for educators who are not rhythm section players and who have difficulty relating to the drums in anything more than a repetitive “time-keeping” framework.
Ed will be joined by Fred Hamilton on guitar and Lou Fischer on bass.