About 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 Dave Liebman, 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.
Saindon's latest recording is titled Depth of Emotion and features Dave Liebman on soprano, Mark Walker on drums, David Clark on acoustic bass and Ed on vibes, piano and marimba.
About Kenny Werner:
Kenny Werner was born on November 19, 1951 in Brooklyn, N.Y., U.S.A. At the age of eleven, he recorded a single with a fifteen-piece orchestra and appeared on television playing stride piano. He attended the Manhattan School of Music as a concert piano major. In 1970, he transferred to the Berklee School of Music. In 1977, recorded first LP that featured of the music of Bix Beiderbecke, Duke Ellington, James P. Johnson and George Gershwin and later that year with Charles Mingus on Something Like A Bird. In 1981, Werner recorded his own solo album of original compositions entitled Beyond the Forest of Milkwood.
In the early 80's he toured extensively and recorded with Archie Shepp. In 1984 he joined the Mel Lewis Orchestra. He received performance grants from the National Endowment for the Arts in both 1985 and 1987, and was commissioned to compose and conduct a memorial piece for Duke Ellington at St. John of the Divine Church in New York performed by the Manhattan School of Music's Stage Band and the New York City Choir. Has also written compositions for the Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra, now known as the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra. He has since written big band charts for groups such as the Cologne Radio Jazz Orchestra (WDR), the Danish Radio Jazz Orchestra, The Metropole Orchestra (Holland) and the Umo Jazz Orchestra (Finland).
In 1981, he formed his first trio with bassist Ratzo Harris and drummer Tom Rainey. Their first trio CD for Sunnyside records was entitled, Ken Werner - Introducing The Trio. They played together for fourteen years. That trio was generally acknowledged as being the most creative, intense and innovative heard in a long time. Since 1971, Kenny has also enjoyed a close friendship and musical collaboration with brilliant saxophonist Joe Lovano. Since 1989-served as pianist, arranger and musical director for the noted film, television and Broadway star, Betty Buckley.
From the mid-nineties till this time (2002), he most often plays in duet with Toots Thielemans or performs his own music, mostly with is current trio that features Ari Honig on drums and Johannes Wiedenmueller on bass. Most recently he is performing his works for Jazz orchestra, orchestra and other ensembles. He has been invited to classical festivals to play his music and write for those various ensembles. In September, 2002 his new trio CD is coming out entitled Beat Degeneration and in January 2003 a new CD of his big band compositions with the Brussels Jazz Orchestra. The title of the CD is Naked In the Cosmos.
In addition he has performed or recorded with:
Lee Konitz, Stan Getz and Dizzie Gillespie (both with the Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra), Joe Henderson, Dave Liebman, Chico Freeman, Jim Pepper, Bob Brookmeyer, Tom Harrell, Kenny Wheeler, Dave Douglas, Tim Hagans, Mark Feldman, Bobby Hutcherson, Ron Carter, Eddie Gomez, Dave Holland, Charlie Haden, Marc Johnson, Ray Drummond, Rufus Reid, Mel Lewis, Jack DeJohnette, Billy Hart, Ed Blackwell, Paul Motian, Peter Erskine, Elvin Jones, Steve Gadd, Joey Baron, Roseanna Vitro, Marian McPartland, Gunther Schuller.