Ed Saindon entered Berklee College of Music in 1972 as a drummer and studied with Alan Dawson and Gary Chaffee. During his sophomore year, he began studying with Gary Burton on vibraphone and piano. Ed graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1976 and joined the faculty at Berklee upon the invitation to teach at the college from Gary Burton. Ed has been on the faculty of Berklee since 1976 and is a professor whose teaching activities include private lessons on mallets, ensemble performance, piano and improvisation.
Ed is a clinician for Yamaha and Vic Firth and is active giving clinics and seminars on vibraphone, marimba, piano, drums, jazz theory and harmony, composition and improvisation.
Ed also is active as a composer writing music for his own recordings as a leader. Key Play is a recording which features pianist Kenny Werner and Ed on vibraphone in a duo format performing his original compositions. Ed's latest recording is with a quartet which features Dave Liebman on soprano along with Ed on vibraphone, piano and marimba performing his originals written specifically for the quartet.
In addition to writing books for Berklee Press and Advance Music, Ed has written many articles on music education, vibraphone, jazz theory and improvisation. He is currently the vibraphone and jazz mallet editor for the Percussive Arts Society's magazine Percussive Notes. His articles have appeared in many international publications including Downbeat, Percussive Notes and Percussioner International.
As a concert artist and clinician, he has traveled throughout the U.S., Europe, Brazil, Mexico and Japan. Ed is open to all kinds of music and enjoys all styles from straight ahead standards to contemporary originals. He has played and or recorded with such players as Ken Peplowski, Warren Vache, Kenny Werner, Dave Liebman, Mick Goodrick, Fred Hersch, Peter Erskine, Jeff Hamilton, Louie Bellson, Herb Pomeroy, Dick Johnson, Howard Alden, Dave McKenna, Marvin Stamm, Michael Moore