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Ed Reed

Primary Instrument: Vocalist

Born: February 2, 1929    

Ed Reed

In his 84 years, Ed Reed has gained great insight into the joys and especially the sorrows of the human condition. The San Francisco Bay Area-based jazz vocalist, who made his recording debut in 2007 at the age of 78, has imparted what he has learned with consummate musical subtlety, emotion- searing depth of feeling, and the nuanced delivery of a master storyteller on his critically-acclaimed CDs. The first two, “Ed Reed Sings Love Stories” (2007) and “The Song Is You” (2008)are collections of tunes from the Broadway, Tin Pan Alley, and jazz traditions drawn from Reed’s near-encyclopedic knowledge of the Great American Songbook. ...
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Awards

2013, 2012, 2010, 2011, 2008 DownBeat Critics Poll: Rising Star Male Vocalist 2012 DownBeat Critics Poll, Male Vocalist 2011 DownBeat Readers Poll, Rising Star Male Vocalist DownBeat Editors Pick - "Born to Be Blue," 2011 "Jazz Hero" Award. Jazz Journalists Association, 2011.
”Sylistically harkens back to the elegant tenderness of Johnny Hartman...richly insightful...intensely moving...hypnotic renderings.” JazzTimes July.Aug 2011

“...possesses all the distilled emotion and narrative coherence of a jazz masterpiece.” Andrew Gilbert, San Jose Mercury News, July 2011.

“Reed has developed a jazz voice that is distinct—full of the pain, sorrow, love and beauty that go along with taking that long, hard trail through life. All of that is on full display here. When Ed Reed sings don't expect scat—instead look for an intimate story every time.” Frank Alkyer, DownBeat, July 2011

“...his third CD, “Born to be Blue,” is his best work...These are ballads, a lost art in music...Reed's phrasing is as distinctive as his improvising.” The Mercury News 7/11/11

“...eveloping sensuous balladry of Duke Ellington's Herb Jeffries and the controversational intimacy of Johnny the Hartmann in his sessions with John Coltraine.” Nat Hentoff, Wall Street Journal, June 2009

“A unique voice...nuanced and experienced...sings with straight grace and confidence.” AllAboutJazz June 2011

“Time has only enriched Reed’s voice, a hypnotic baritone that suggests Grady Tate via Billy Eckstine … 11 exquisite tracks … What Reed does with the likes of “A Sleepin’ Bee,” “Ask Me Now,” Ghost of a Chance,” “Daydream” and “If the Moon Turns Green” that even Billie Holiday would surely bow to … is transporting.” —Christopher Loudon, JazzTimes, August 2007

“Reed…has a smooth, expressive, and caramel-toned voice, precise diction and exact intonation.” —Jazziz, June 2007

“A jazz singer in the truest sense, Reed absorbed the influences of Nat King Cole and Bill Henderson while honing an idiosyncratic style all his own ... the CD is a gorgeous calling card.” —Andrew Gilbert on The California Report (KQED/NPR), 6/22/07

“[Reed’s] debut disc … is absolutely ravishing from beginning to end…” —James Isaacs on “Here and Now” (WBUR/NPR), 5/29/07

“Sings with the fire of a young man … His a cappella performance of ‘Motherless Child’ closes the album with an impressive display that channels centuries of sorrow into every syllable.” —j. poet, S.F. Examiner, 7/4/07

“Where have you been hiding, Ed Reed? The entire jazz world needs to hear you!” —Sheila Jordan

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    Ed Reed - I'm A Shy Guy: A Tribute to the King Cole Trio & Their Music

    Blue Shorts Records
    2013
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    Born to Be Blue

    Blue Shorts Records
    2011
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    Love Stories

    Self Produced
    2008
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    The Song Is You

    Blue Shorts Records
    2008

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