Vibraphonist 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 via the Fulcrum Grip, a four mallet grip he developed for vibraphone and marimba playing. Saindon has absorbed and transferred the influences from the piano lineage that stretches from Fats Waller and Art Tatum up to the present. Originally a drummer, he began playing the vibraphone and piano while attending Berklee College of Music in Boston from 1972-1976.


As a concert artist and clinician, Saindon has traveled throughout the U.S., Europe, Brazil, Mexico and Japan. He has played and or recorded with Dave Liebman, Kenny Werner, Ken Peplowski, Warren Vache, Mick Goodrick, Fred Hersch, Peter Erskine, John Scofield, Jeff Hamilton, Adam Macowicz, Dick Sudhalter, Ed Thigpen, George Masso, Dan Barrett, Louie Bellson, Herb Pomeroy, Dick Johnson, Howard Alden, Dave McKenna, Chuck Hedges, 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 and is also active as a clinician sponsored by Yamaha and Vic Firth. As an author, his book Berklee Practice Method: Vibraphone has been published by Berklee Press 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. His articles have appeared in many publications including Down Beat, Percussivive Notes (Percussive Arts Society magazine) and Percussioner International. He is currently the vibraphone and jazz mallet editor for the Percussive Arts Society.


Saindon is active as a composer for his own recordings. His last two recordings as a leader, Key Play with Kenny Werner and Depth of Emotion with Dave Liebman, have featured his compositions.

What People Are Saying:
"If you haven't had the opportunity to hear Ed Saindon play the vibraphone, you're in for a treat! "Swing on the Sunnyside", Saindon's latest compact disc, takes the listener through 16 tracks of Swing Era standards...Saindon's compilation is a wonderful tribute to the potential of the vibraphone. Over the years Saindon has developed his "piano style" vibraphone technique, and he really shines on Sunnyside. This style is dedicated in the liner notes to the likes of such pianists as Earl "Fatha" Hines, Fats Waller, Art Tatum and Oscar Peterson. Saindon adapts these piano techniques to the vibraphone in a fluid and natural manner. His soloing and comping utilize stride piano and swing traditions in a way that almost makes the listener forget that Saindon is playing a vibraphone, giving the listener a chance to focus on the expressive content of the music. Jazz lovers, musicians, teachers and students will likely keep this one in their CD players rather than in the storage bin!"

-Mark Ford in Percussive Notes