Don (Donald Winston) Thompson. Pianist, bassist,
vibraphonist, drummer, composer, arranger, recording
engineer, b Powell River, north of Vancouver, 18 Jan 1940.
After childhood piano lessons he took up the string bass
and the vibraphone in his teens. He is essentially self-taught
on all instruments. In Vancouver 1960-5 he was sideman to
Chris Gage (playing bass or vibraphone) and Dave Robbins
(bass) and accompanied the visiting US jazzmen Barney
Kessel, John Handy, and others in local nightclubs. With the
drummer Terry Clarke he joined Handy's quintet in the USA
in 1965, touring widely and making two LPs, one of which,
Live at Monterey, was among the most popular jazz
recordings of the 1960s.
Thompson returned to Vancouver in 1967 (after working
briefly in Montreal with Lee Gagnon that year) and then
moved to Toronto in 1969