Ed Reed's 90th Birthday Celebration
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Ed Reed
90th Birthday Celebration

Ed Reed

SEP 12–15 | Bay Area Originals

Sep 15
Joe Henderson Lab
SunSep 15
6:00 PM

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SunSep 15
7:30 PM

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Since recording his first album at the age of 78, Reed has taken his rightful place as one of jazz’s most keenly observant singers, a master balladeer with a fine-grained baritone who turns familiar standards into wrenching tales. Over the years several dozen jazz artists have returned to the limelight after long stretches in obscurity, but Reed is that rarest of cases, a musician who’s come into his own as a creative force late in life. And with every performance he seems to make up for lost time.

The longtime East Bay resident marked his 90th birthday in the winter with a series of sold-out shows, but as fellow nonagenarian Jimmy Heath noted, turning 90 is something to celebrate all year. Reed came of age when Los Angeles’s post-war Central Avenue scene thrummed with jazz and R&B, and he was friendly with some of the era’s top improvisers. Heroin addiction derailed his nascent music career and his life, but with sobriety in the mid-1980s Reed eventually found his way back to music. One reason why his talent is still emerging is the company he keeps, working closely with ace pianist/arranger Adam Shulman and tenor saxophonist Anton Schwartz, who join him along with bassist John Wiitala and drummer Lorca Hart for this salute to Horn, performing timeless songs from her rich repertoire including “Here’s to Life” and “But Beautiful.”

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The legendary Bay Area balladeer celebrates his 90th year with his terrific quartet, honoring the legacy of legendary singer and pianist Shirley Horn.

San Francisco vocalist Ed Reed is a bona fide contemporary of West Coast jazz luminaries Art Pepper, Frank Morgan, Dexter Gordon, Wardell Gray and Hampton Hawes.

All About Jazz

San Francisco vocalist Ed Reed is a bona fide contemporary of West Coast jazz luminaries Art Pepper, Frank Morgan, Dexter Gordon, Wardell Gray and Hampton Hawes.

All About Jazz

Personnel

Ed Reed vocals
Anton Schwartz tenor saxophone
Adam Shulman piano
John Wiitala bass
Lorca Hart drums

There have been plenty of impressive second acts in jazz, though few, if any, as fulfilling as the rebirth of vocalist Ed Reed.

JazzTimes

Personnel

Ed Reed vocals
Anton Schwartz tenor saxophone
Adam Shulman piano
John Wiitala bass
Lorca Hart drums

There have been plenty of impressive second acts in jazz, though few, if any, as fulfilling as the rebirth of vocalist Ed Reed.

JazzTimes

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