Primary Instrument: Drums
Mike Reed is a musician, composer and presenter based in Chicago.
As a drummer, Reed has been part of the vibrant Chicago jazz and improvised music community since 1997. He has performed regularly with David Boykin, Nicole Mitchell, Jeff Parker, Axel Doerner, Josh Abrams, Jim Baker, Rob Mazurek and others. As a leader Reed has released two critically acclaimed albums by his cross-genre group The Treehouse Project, and 2006 will bring the debut recording by his quintet Loose Assembly as well as a record of improvised duets. He currently is a member of The David Boykin Expanse , Rob Mazurek’s Exploding Star Orchestra and Josh Berman Quartet.
For nearly a decade Reed has also established himself as a presenter of musical performances. In 2001 Reed founded the Emerging Improvisers Organization, a not-for-profit whose weekly series of jazz and improvised music has been lauded as one of the finest in the Midwest. In December 2005 Reed was named among the Chicagoans of the Year by The Chicago Tribune for his work as lead organizer of the Intonation Music Festival.
Last Years Ghost
Loose Assembly is Mike Reed, Greg Ward, Jason Adasiewicz, Tomeka Reid and Josh Abrams.
In The Context Of
Duets with Jeff Parker, Nicole Mitchell and Jim Baker
New Jazz and Improvisation
The Picture Show
The Treehouse Project
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