Chester Thompson

Chester Thompson (born 11 December 1948 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA) is an American drummer.

He is not to be confused with the keyboardist Carlos Santana and Tower of Power.

Life and work

Born and raised in Baltimore, Thompson began playing drums at the age of nine. Thompson is best known for his long association with Genesis and Phil Collins as a touring drummer. Throughout his career, Thompson has spent much time in the different music centers, including Los Angeles and London. From jazz to rock and pop to gospel Chester Thompson is home to many genres of music. His drumming has more than three decades, influenced countless musicians.

Further stations of his career include Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention, Weather Report, Eric Clapton, Steve Hackett, Tony Banks, Donna Summer, The Bee Gees, Neil Diamond and Joe Henderson.


With A Joyful Noise, has released his first solo album. His first solo DVD Chester Thompson - On the fly, he has published in collaboration with Drums'n'Percussion Paderborn 2003. 2005, the second DVD Chester & Luis was born - Drum Talk with Luis Conte.


Thompson is since 1998 professor of percussion and director of the jazz ensemble of Belmont University in Nashville / Tennessee. In addition, he continues to tour and released solo projects.


Thompson now lives with his family in Nashville.

His wife Roz Thompson, has also started with their album Face to Face, which mainly deals with Christian themes a musical career.