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Take Five - Don Thompson

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This week's Take Five features Don Thompson

Thompson was born January 18, 1940 in Powell River, British Columbia, Canada. After taking piano lessons as a young child, he took up the string bass and the vibraphone in his teens, all instruments on which he is basically self-taught. He moved to Vancouver in 1960 and began his career as a professional musician.

Throughout his career Don has played with many amazing musicians including Paul Desmond, Jim Hall, Milt Jackson, Art Farmer, James Moody, Zoot Sims, Clark Terry, Harry “Sweets” Edison, Frank Rosolino, Slide Hampton, Lee Konitz, Abbey Lincoln, Sarah Vaughan, Red Rodney, Joe Henderson, Dewey Redman, Red Mitchell, Sheila Jordan, and Kenny Wheeler.

As a dedicated jazz educator, Thompson began teaching annually at the Banff Jazz Summer Workshop in 1982. He has also taught at York University, and for the past several years has been on the faculty of Humber College of Music in Toronto, teaching in the school’s Degree program.

In 2009 he became an officer of the Order of Canada.

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