Don Thompson (2)

Real Name:
Donald Winston Thompson
Profile:
Born: January 18, 1940, Powell River, British Columbia.

Canadian jazz multi-instrumentalist (including piano, bass, vibraphone and drums) as well as a composer, arranger and recording engineer.
After childhood piano lessons he took up the string bass and the vibraphone in his teens. He is essentially self-taught on all instruments.

1960-5 he was sideman to Chris Gage (playing bass or vibraphone) and Dave Robbins (bass) and accompanied the visiting US jazzmen Barney Kessel, John Handy, and others in local nightclubs.
1965 joined Handy's quintet in the USA, touring widely and making two LPs, one of which, Live at Monterey, was among the most popular jazz recordings of the 1960s.
1967 returned to Vancouver (after working briefly in Montreal with Lee Gagnon that year)
1969 moved to Toronto. He quickly became that city's first-call studio bassist
mid-1970's turned exclusively to jazz
1969-1982 (bassist) and 1988 (piano) member of the Boss Brass
1970-1982 and 1990 was pianist with Sonny Greenwich
1970-1974( bassist) and (1975-1978) pianist for Moe Koffman . Also played bass or drums for Lenny Breau and has maintained a lengthy association with the guitarist Ed Bickert
1975 bassist at the Toronto jazz club Bourbon Street with (among others) the US guitarist Jim Hall and the US alto saxophonist Paul Desmond, documented by live recordings there (for which Thompson served as recording engineer)
1976 he began touring with Jim Hall (Japan, the USA and Europe)
1977 led his own quartet on piano at the Laren's International Jazz Festival in Holland
1982-1987 he was concert partner to the celebrated British pianist George Shearing, with whom he played both bass and piano.
1982 began to teach each summer at the Banff CA Jazz Workshop
1983 established the short-lived record label, From Bebop to Now
1984 sole accompanist to Shearing and the singer Mel Tormé on emmy winning 'Top Drawer'
1987 piano in the Dave McMurdo Jazz Orchestra, accompanied Jane Bunnett, Trudy Desmond, and others locally, and taught privately.
1991 led his own quartet(s) playing the vibraphone, appearing at several Canadian jazz festivals
2007 Thompson was commissioned to compose a piece 'Reflections' for Cellist Coenraad Bloemendal and Harpist Erica Goodman for their latest CD recording
2007 he produced one half of a concert for CBC Radio (Canada Live) that which featured featured his Quartet performing his own jazz adaptations of some of the music of J.S. Bach
2007 led an all-star Jazz Quintet in a concert tribute to Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie's Massey Hall Concert, an event which was recorded for subsequent broadcast on JAZZ.FM91
2013 released 'Look for the Silver Lining', with Phil Dwyer, a piano / saxophone duo album. It was nominated for JUNO in 2014
2013 released 'A Little Simple Magic', a duo recording with saxophonist Pat Labarbera
2013 released 'Tranquility on Cornerstone Records' with Neil Swainson

Recordings range from the mainstream Secret Love to the relatively avant garde Don Thompson Quartet Live. The albums 'Ed Bickert/Don Thompson' and 'A Beautiful Friendship' won Juno Awards (for best jazz recording) in 1980 and 1985 respectively.

Thompson's diverse body of compositions includes:
'Trio '85' (for clarinet, double bass and piano, premiered by James Campbell and others),
'Journey to Skye' (1987, for pipe band, recorded by the 78th Fraser Highlanders),
'Quartet '89' (for four double basses, premiered at NMC by the composer with Joel Quarrington and others),
'Abstract & Dreams' (1989, for jazz and string quartets, recorded by Jim Hall in 1990).

His best-known composition is 'Days Gone By', which he has arranged for big band and for symphony orchestra; it has been recorded by Thompson himself, the Boss Brass, a CBC-organized 'All Star Jazz Sextet', Moe Koffman, Pat LaBarbera and, with lyrics added, Jeff Dyer and Arlene Smith.
Thompson also has written in the 12-tone idiom for big band, including 'Pluto' (1974), recorded by Koffman, and 'Don't' (1970) and 'Winter Mist' (1987), played as suite by McMurdo.
Other Thompson themes have been recorded (with the composer as a participant) by Hall ('Circles'), Koffman ('Mercury', 'Bilbo', 'Wildlife'), McMurdo ('Blues for Jim-San', 'Ghoti'), Doug Riley ('Gandalf', 'Dreams'), and Shearing ('Stratford Stomp'). Thompson has written several pieces in tribute to other musicians - eg, 'For Chris Gage', 'Song for Sonny' [Greenwich], and 'For Scott LaFaro'.

Awards:
1979 – JUNO Award for ‘Best Jazz Album’ to Ed Bickert and Don Thompson for Sackville 4005
1984 – JUNO Award for ‘Best Jazz Album’ to Don Thompson for A Beautiful Friendship
1984 – Don Thompson was the sole accompanist to George Shearing and Mel Tormé on Top Drawer, winner of a Grammy Award
1994 – Winner of The Jazz Report Award as ‘Vibraphonist of the Year’
1994 – Winner of the SOCAN Award for ‘Best Jazz Composition of the Year’
1995 – Winner of The Jazz Report Award as ‘Vibraphonist of the Year’
1996 – Winner of The Jazz Report Award as ‘Vibraphonist of the Year’
1997 – Winner of The Jazz Report Award as ‘Vibraphonist of the Year’
1998 – Winner of The Jazz Report Award as ‘Vibraphonist of the Year’
1999 – Winner of The Jazz Report Award as ‘Vibraphonist of the Year’
1999 – Winner of the SOCAN Award for ‘Best Jazz Composition of the Year’
2000 – Winner of The Jazz Report Award as ‘Vibraphonist of the Year’
2001 – Winner of The Jazz Report Award as ‘Vibraphonist of the Year’
2003 – National Jazz Awards Winner as ‘Instrumentalist of the Year’
2004 – National Jazz Awards Winner as 'Instrumentalist of the Year'
2005 – National Jazz Awards Winner as 'Arranger of the Year'
2005 – National Jazz Awards Winner as 'Instrumentalist of the Year'
2006 – JUNO Award for ‘Traditional Jazz Album’ for "Ask Me Later" (Don Thompson Quartet)
2006 – Recipient of the Art of Jazz ‘Lifetime Achievement’ Award’
2006 – National Jazz Awards Winner as 'SOCAN Composer of the Year'
2006 – National Jazz Awards Winner as 'Musician of the Year'
2006 – National Jazz Awards Winner as 'Instrumentalist of the Year'
2007 – National Jazz Awards Winner as 'Instrumentalist of the Year'
2006 – National Jazz Awards Winner as 'Musician of the Year'
2008 – National Jazz Awards Winner as 'Instrumentalist of the Year'
2009 – National Jazz Awards Winner for Jazz Recording of the Year - For Kenny Wheeler
2009 – National Jazz Awards Winner SOCAN Composer
2009 – National Jazz Awards Winner – Acoustic Band of the Year – Don Thompson Quartet
2009 – Officer of the Order of Canada
2009 – JUNO nomination for 'Traditional Jazz Album' - For Kenny Wheeler (Don Thomson Quartet)
2014 – JUNO nomination for 'Traditional Jazz Album' for Look for the Silver Lining (with Phil Dwyer)
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Albums

C2002, C2003, CBC 302, CBC 303 Don Thompson (2) - The Old Man And The Child / Love Song For A Virgo Lady album art Sonny Greenwich / Don Thompson (2) Sonny Greenwich / Don Thompson (2) - The Old Man And The Child / Love Song For A Virgo Lady(LP, Album, Gat + LP, Album) Sackville Recordings, Sackville Recordings, Radio Canada International, Radio Canada International C2002, C2003, CBC 302, CBC 303 Canada 1970 Sell This Version
PMR-008 Don Thompson (2) - Country Place album art Don Thompson (2) Country Place (Album) PM PMR-008 Canada 1976 Sell This Version
SACK 4005 Don Thompson (2) - Ed Bickert / Don Thompson album art Ed Bickert / Don Thompson (2) Ed Bickert / Don Thompson (2) - Ed Bickert / Don Thompson (Album) Sackville Recordings SACK 4005 Canada 1978 Sell This Version
3022 Don Thompson (2) - Sackville 3022 album art Ruby Braff With The Ed Bickert Trio Featuring Don Thompson* And Terry Clarke Ruby Braff With The Ed Bickert Trio Featuring Don Thompson* And Terry Clarke - Sackville 3022(LP, Album) Sackville Recordings 3022 Canada 1979 Sell This Version
IC-1008, CTL S-5234 Don Thompson (2) - Circles album art Don Thompson (2) Circles(LP, Album) Intercan Records, Canadian Talent Library IC-1008, CTL S-5234 Canada 1980 Sell This Version
4010 Don Thompson (2) - Dance To The Lady album art Don Thompson (2), Ed Bickert Don Thompson (2), Ed Bickert - Dance To The Lady(LP, Album) Sackville Recordings 4010 Canada 1980 Sell This Version
3025 Don Thompson (2) - Tuxedo Junction album art Jay McShann Featuring Don Thompson (2) Jay McShann Featuring Don Thompson (2) - Tuxedo Junction(LP, Album) Sackville Recordings 3025 Canada 1980 Sell This Version
3028 Don Thompson (2) - Saturday Night Function album art Sackville All Stars : Jay McShann, Buddy Tate, Jim Galloway, Don Thompson (2) & Terry Clarke Sackville All Stars : Jay McShann, Buddy Tate, Jim Galloway, Don Thompson (2) & Terry Clarke - Saturday Night Function (Album) Sackville Recordings 3028 Canada 1981 Sell This Version
GEN 1-16 Don Thompson (2) - Bells album art Don Thompson (2), Rob Piltch Don Thompson (2), Rob Piltch - Bells(LP, Album) Umbrella (2) GEN 1-16 Canada 1982 Sell This Version
CCD-4246 Don Thompson (2) - Live At The Cafe Carlyle album art George Shearing With Don Thompson (2) George Shearing With Don Thompson (2) - Live At The Cafe Carlyle (Album) Concord Jazz CCD-4246 US 1984 Sell This Version
none Don Thompson (2) - Maria Postell album art Maria Postell, Dave McKenna, Don Thompson (2) Maria Postell, Dave McKenna, Don Thompson (2) - Maria Postell(LP) M.P. Limited Partnership none USA & Canada 1985 Sell This Version
JUST 16 Don Thompson (2) - Witchcraft album art John Abercrombie, Don Thompson (2) John Abercrombie, Don Thompson (2) - Witchcraft (Album) Justin Time JUST 16 Canada 1986 Sell This Version
SKCD2-3058 Don Thompson (2) - Opus D'Amour album art Don Friedman & Don Thompson (2) Don Friedman & Don Thompson (2) - Opus D'Amour(CD, Album) Sackville Recordings SKCD2-3058 Canada 1992 Sell This Version
85030-2 Don Thompson (2) - The Question Is Me album art Vandoorn* Featuring Kenny Wheeler, Don Thompson (2) Vandoorn* Featuring Kenny Wheeler, Don Thompson (2) - The Question Is Me(CD, Album) Riff 85030-2 Netherlands 1994 Sell This Version
CD2-3046 Don Thompson (2) - Swingmatism album art Jay McShann Featuring Don Thompson (2), Archie Alleyne Jay McShann Featuring Don Thompson (2), Archie Alleyne - Swingmatism(CD, Album, RE) Sackville Recordings CD2-3046 Canada 1994 Sell This Version
SKCD2-3005 Don Thompson (2) - The Man From Muskogee album art Jay McShann with Claude Williams, Paul Gunther, Don Thompson (2) Jay McShann with Claude Williams, Paul Gunther, Don Thompson (2) - The Man From Muskogee(CD, Album, RE) Sackville Recordings SKCD2-3005 Canada 1995 Sell This Version
CCD-4765-2 Don Thompson (2) - Three For The Road album art Rob McConnell, Ed Bickert, Don Thompson (2) Rob McConnell, Ed Bickert, Don Thompson (2) - Three For The Road (Album) Concord Jazz CCD-4765-2 US 1997 Sell This Version
none Kye Marshall Quartet* Featuring Don Thompson (2) Kye Marshall Quartet* Featuring Don Thompson (2) - Winter's End(CD, Album) Not On Label none Canada 1999 Sell This Version
SK2CD-5007, WRC8-7508 Don Thompson (2) - Thinking About You album art Frank Rosolino Featuring Ed Bickert, Don Thompson (2), Terry Clarke Frank Rosolino Featuring Ed Bickert, Don Thompson (2), Terry Clarke - Thinking About You (Album) Sackville Recordings, Sackville Recordings SK2CD-5007, WRC8-7508 Canada 2001 Sell This Version
SKCD2-2057 Don Thompson (2) - Live at Mezzetta album art Reg Schwager, Don Thompson (2) Reg Schwager, Don Thompson (2) - Live at Mezzetta(CD, Album) Sackville Recordings SKCD2-2057 Canada 2002 Sell This Version
RMCD 003-1 Don Thompson (2) - Bounce album art Gord Clements*, Don Thompson (2), Misha Piatigorsky, Neil Swainson Gord Clements*, Don Thompson (2), Misha Piatigorsky, Neil Swainson - Bounce(CD, Album) Rèr Moosic RMCD 003-1 Canada 2003 Sell This Version
ACD76192 Don Thompson (2) - Onetake - Volume Three album art Don Thompson (2) - Reg Schwager Don Thompson (2) - Reg Schwager - Onetake - Volume Three(CD, Album) Alma Records ACD76192 Canada 2007 Sell This Version
CRST CD 141 Don Thompson (2) - Tranquility album art Neil Swainson & Don Thompson (2) Neil Swainson & Don Thompson (2) - Tranquility(CD, Album, Dig) Cornerstone Records Inc. CRST CD 141 Canada 2013 Sell This Version
FSY-515 Don Thompson (2) - A Little Simple Magic album art Don Thompson (2) & Pat LaBarbera Don Thompson (2) & Pat LaBarbera - A Little Simple Magic(CD, Album) Five Stars Records FSY-515 Japan 2013 Sell This Version
RANT 1952 Don Thompson (2) - Ever Now album art Reg Schwager - Don Thompson (2) Reg Schwager - Don Thompson (2) - Ever Now(CD, Album) Jazz From Rant RANT 1952 Canada 2019 Sell This Version