Receipient of the 2002 IAJE (International Association for Jazz Education)
HUMANITARIAN AWARD, the IFPI (International Federation of Phonagraph
Industry) 2002 Danish Jazz Awards and also Inducted into The PAS (Percussive
Arts Society) HALL OF FAME.
World-renown for his exemplary musicianship, his artistry with wire brushes, and his highly effective teaching methods, Ed Thigpen is admired by musicians and critics alike as one of the finest performer/educators in jazz.
Born in Chicago December 28, 1930, Edmund Thigpen grew up in Los Angeles where he atteneded Thomas Jefferson High School, whose alumni include artists such as Dexter Gorden, Chico Hamilton and Art Farmer, There he got his practical experience in the schools
swing band under the guidance of the revered teacher Samuel Browne.
After graduating from high school in 1949, he entered Los Angeles City college as a sociology major but left after a year to pursue a career in music