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Biography of Ed Saindon

Ed Saindon

Coming from the “four mallet school,” Ed Saindon has developed and continues to refine a pianistic approach to mallet playing which involves a consistent utilization of all four mallets along with a variety of dampening techniques. Saindon has absorbed and transferred the influences from the piano lineage that stretches from Waller and Tatum up to the present. Originally a drummer, Saindon began playing the vibraphone along with piano while attending Berklee College of Music in Boston from 1972-1976.

As a concert artist, Saindon has traveled throughout the U.S., Europe, Brazil, Mexico and Japan. He has played and or recorded with Ken Peplowski, Warren Vache, Kenny Werner, Mick Goodrick, Fred Hersch, Peter Erskine, Jeff Hamilton, Louie Bellson, Howard Alden, Herb Pomeroy, Dick Johnson, Dave McKenna, Marvin Stamm, Michael Moore and others.

In addition to performing, Saindon’s other passion is music education. He is a Professor at Berklee where he has been teaching since 1976. He is also active in the field of music education as a clinician and author. Saindon is a clinician for Yamaha and Vic Firth giving clinics and residencies on vibraphone, marimba, piano, drums, jazz theory and harmony, composition and improvisation. Berklee Press has published his book Berklee Practice Method: Vibraphone and German publisher Advance Music recently issued his new book Exploration in Rhythm, Volume 1, Rhythmic Phrasing in Improvisation.

In addition to writing books, Saindon has authored many articles on music education, jazz theory and improvisation. He is currently the vibraphone and jazz mallet editor for the International Percussive Arts Society’s magazine Percussive Notes. His articles have appeared in many publications including Downbeat, Percussive Notes, and Percussioner International.

CD Review Excerpts

“a master of the four mallet technique”
Jazz Times

"a marvelous technician"
CD Review

“an astounding solo performance” Jazz Journal


"virtuosic playing"
Penguin Guide to Jazz


“exquisite touch of a world-class musician” Jazziz

"elegant, pianist, four mallet vibist"
All Music Guide

“Ed Saindon and Kenny Werner complement each other so well that at times it becomes difficult to tell where one ends and the other begins.” JazzReview.com

“an original approach to the vibraphone...Saindon has adapted and developed his self- styled pianistic approach.” Down Beat

“over the years, Saindon has developed his “piano style” vibraphone technique…a wonderful tribute to the potential of the vibraphone.” Percussive Notes

Dave Liebman

After some time spent with Ten Wheel Drive, one of the early jazz-fusion groups from the 70’s, Dave Liebman secured the saxophone/flute position with the group of legendary Coltrane drummer Elvin Jones. Within two years, Liebman reached the zenith of his apprenticeship period when Miles Davis hired him. These years, 1970-74, were filled with tours, recordings and the incredible experience gained by being on the bandstand with two masters of jazz. At the same time, Liebman began exploring his own music-first in the Open Sky Trio with Bob Moses and then with Richie Beirach in Lookout Farm.

Liebman has performed with Chick Corea, John McLaughlin, Eddie Gomez, Pat Metheny, John Abercrombie, John Scofield, and others. He is a Grammy nominee with over 50 recordings as a leader and over 200 recorded original compositions, ranging from orchestral works and string/wind/sax quartets to re-workings of Puccini and Bernstein to world music with Sardinian, Indian, and Asian musicians.

Liebman has written several pedagogical texts and was "teaching" jazz well before the subject was generally recognized. He is also the founder (1989) and present artistic director of the IASJ, the International Association of Schools of Jazz, an organization comprised of international jazz schools from over 40 countries. His teaching activities at universities and in clinic settings have taken him literally around the world, primarily because of his varied musical interests, expertise on several instruments and ability to articulate the intricacies of the jazz language, aesthetic and technique. Liebman himself has received two NEA grants for composition (1980) and performance (1991).

In 1997, Liebman received an Honorary Doctorate of Music from the prestigious Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland. In 1998, David was nominated for a Grammy in the category of Best Jazz Solo for the recording of "My Favorite Things" on Thank You, John (Arkadia) and was inducted in 2000 into the Hall of Fame of The International Association of Jazz Educators for his contributions to jazz pedagogy.


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