Ed Soph

505 – Ed Soph: Teaching drummers how to make a living playing music. (re-release)

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This episode originally aired on the podcast February 16, 2015

In this podcast I interview drummer and educator, Ed Soph.  Ed, who is currently a Professor in the Jazz Studies and Performance divisions of the College of Music at the University of North Texas has made his name for serving as the drummer for Clark Terry, Bill Watrous and Woody Herman, as well as the small groups of Bill Evans, Marvin Stamm, Randy Brecker, Joe Henderson, Pat LaBarbera, Bill Mays, Cedar Walton, Dave Liebman, Chris Potter, Carl Fontana and Slide Hampton, amongst others. Over the years Ed has taught some of the worlds greatest drummers including: Ari Hoening, Keith Carlock, Rich Redmond, Jason Sutter, Dave Weckl and others.  Although there is no real “secret to getting gigs“, listen in as Ed goes into the details of what he teaches drummers to get themselves to the next level musically and professionally.

“My wealth is in my knowledge of self, love, and spirituality.” – Muhammad Ali (Tweet this)

In the podcast you’ll hear Ed Soph talk about:

  • How he got started playing drums
  • His move to NYC
  • Playing and touring with multiple different bands, including Woody Herman
  • His concentration on clinics and teaching
  • The common thread of some of his most famous students
  • Where most drummers make mistakes in their playing
  • much more