Ed Shaughnessy

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Edwin Thomas "Ed" Shaughnessy (* 29. January 1929 in Jersey City , † 24. May 2013 in Calabasas ) was an American jazz - drummer .


From 1943 Shaughnessy first learned to play the drums autodidactically, but then received instruction from his friend, Sid Catlett . He began his professional career in 1946 with Jack Teagarden and in 1948 with George Shearing , with Georgie Auld and Charlie Ventura (1948 to 1950). In the 1950s he was a member of the bands of Benny Goodman (European tour in 1950, during which he participated in the Roy Eldridge and His Little Jazz Vol. 1 session) and Tommy Dorsey (1950), Lucky Millinder (1951) and worked with Johnny Richards . Then he began to work as a studio musician in New York. At the end of the 1950s, he had the group Jazz Four with Teddy Charles . At the same time he studied piano, cornet and composition in the late 1950s.

In the early 1960s he was a partner of Count Basie (in five album recordings) and became a member of the orchestra of the Tonight Show under Doc Severinsen , to which he belonged for thirty years until 1992 (from 1972 in Los Angeles). In addition, Shaughnessy was a sought-after big band musician. In 1962 he was a member of the Orchestra USA . He worked u. a. with Gene Ammons , Roy Eldridge , Billie Holiday , Mundell Lowe , Teo Macero , Charles Mingus , Shirley Scott , Jack Sheldon and Horace Silver and can be heard on over five hundred albums.

From 1974 he also led his own band, the Energy Force . In the 1980s and 90s he also taught at New York University and gave courses at Skidmore College, but had also previously taught at numerous clinics . In 1990 his album Jazz in the Pocket was released (with his quintet Jazz in the Pocket , Tom Peterson , Bruce Paulson , Tom Ranier , John Leitham ).

Shaughnessy also composed ( Nigerian Walk , Blues Detambour ).


  • Kunzler: Jazz-Lexikon , 2002
  • Clem DeRosa , Ed Shaughnessy: Show Drumming: The Essential Guide to Playing Drumset for Live Shows and Musicals . Hal Leonard Corp, 2004

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Obituary in Drummer World