Jazz (Weather Report), to Rock (Frank Zappa
and the Mothers), to Pop (Genesis/Phil Collins)
to Gospel (Ron Kenoly), Chester Thompson has
surpassed the boundaries of musical genres.
Chester's performance and recording experiences
have influenced over three decades of music
and musicians. Whether he is playing drum kit
or percussion, Chester's masterful subtleties
and unyielding time create the firm musical
foundation for any musical genre. Every time
Chester plays he gives 110% - there is no such
thing as practice.
Born and raised in Baltimore,
Maryland, Chester started playing in local nightclubs
at age 13. He has spent extended periods of
time in various musical centers including Los
Angeles, CA and London. After a heavy touring
schedule in the 1970s, 80s and 1990s, Chester
and his family now call Nashville, TN home.
Keeping extremely busy with live performances,
studio recordings, clinics and writing, Chester's
Nashville residence has also afforded him more
time to invest in students. On faculty at Belmont
University since 1998, Chester teaches applied
drum lessons and directs a jazz ensemble. Known
for his exceptional teaching style and zeal
for music, Chester is a favorite among students
and fellow colleagues. His album, Joyful Noise,
was first released in 1991. He has released
a DVD of a performance at the 2003 Paderborn
Drum Festival entitled "On the Fly"
and another DVD with Luis Conte, "Drum
Talk, El Habla Tabor".
Watch a short video of Chester
performing with Phil Collins in a drum duet.