Ed Soph & Dick Sisto
Ed Soph’s career spans fifty years as a drumset performer, recording artist, author, and teacher. Soph’s performing and recording credits include the big bands of Stan Kenton, Woody Herman, Bill Watrous, and Clark Terry. Small group associations include Dave Liebman, Bobby Shew, Lee Konitz, Marvin Stamm, Carl Fontana, John Abercrombie, Joe Henderson, Slide Hampton, Randy Brecker, and Bill Evans. Soph is currently Professor of Jazz Studies in the College of Music of the University of North Texas. He continues to perform and record with trumpeter Marvin Stamm, pianist Stefan Karlsson, and bassist Eddie Gomez. Soph has been recognized for his contributions to jazz and drumset education by the Jazz Education Network and the Yamaha Corporation of America. He has presented masterclasses in Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand, and throughout Europe as well as innumerable clinics and workshops, music festivals, and conferences throughout the United States and Canada. Soph’s insights into rhythmic improvisation, the art of practicing, stylistic concepts, technical principles, and fundamental aspects of musicality on the drumset make his presentations uniquely informative, practical, and entertaining.
Dick Sisto was born in Chicago and studied with Chicago Symphony Orchestra “mallet master” Jose Bethancourt. Sisto also studied at the University of North Texas and Northwestern University. He has performed and given clinics throughout the United States and Great Britain. Sisto also wrote the popular vibraphone instruction book entitled The Jazz Vibraphone Book and published by Meredith/Hal Leonard Publications. A short list of musicians he has performed with include Phil Woods, Ira Sullivan, Pat Labarbera, Erik Alexander, Andy Laverne, Joe Labarbera, Ed Soph, Milt Hinton and Rufus Reid. Additionally, he formed and performed with the Quartet Four with drummer Maurice White of Earth, Wind, and Fire fame. Sisto has seven CD releases as a leader with Fred Hersch, Drew Gress, Bobby Broom, Dennis Irwin, Barry Ries, Kenny Werner, Steve Allee, Jeremy Allen, and Jason Tiemann.