Rob Reddy

Primary Instrument: Composer/conductor

Born: December 28, 1966    

Rob Reddy

Critics have called saxophonist/composer Rob Reddy “a versatile and adventurous saxophonist” (Scott Yanow, All Music Guide) and “an impressive and open-minded tunesmith” (Troy Collins,, noting that he “sounds, and dares to sound, like no one but himself” (Brian Morton, Jazz Review). “Since the early 1990s,” wrote Harry Newman in a feature article in Downtown Express, “Rob Reddy has been forging a way uniquely his own as a jazz composer, saxophone player, and bandleader in New York.

Rob Reddy grew up on the north shore of Long Island, New York. He began studying piano and composing at an early age under the tutelage of Ranny Reeve, a local Jazz pianist and composer. Soon after he began playing saxophone and went on to study with trumpeter Dave Burns, and saxophonists Makanda Ken McIntyre and Dave Liebman. He continued his studies at the New School of Jazz and Contemporary Music....
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COMMISSIONS. 2008-Tribeca Performing Arts Center – The People – commission for sextet for DreDance Company. 2007-Chamber Music America – Gift Horse – saxophone, French horn, violin, guitar, double bass, percussion. 2007-American Composers Forum – Tenfold – two brass, two winds, two strings, guitar, vibraphone, double bass, percussion. 2004-New York State Council On The Arts – The Book of the Storm – five brass, five winds, six strings, two guitars, two percussion. 2004-Jerome Foundation – The Book of the Storm – five brass, five winds, six strings, two guitars, two percussion. 2000-Meet The Composer – Get Your House in Order – saxophone, trumpet, trombone, guitar, double bass, percussion. 1999-Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust – Quintet – saxophones, cello, guitar, double bass, percussion. 1998-American Composers Forum – The Secret Suite – five brass, five winds, percussion. AWARDS / GRANTS. 2007-Tribeca Performing Arts Center – Artist in Residence to present evening-length commission, The Book of the Storm. 2007-New York Foundation for the Arts – Sponsored Artist Program. 2004-Rockefeller MAP Fund – The Hearing Booths, an evening-length multimedia performance piece. 2003-American Music Center – performance by Rob Reddy’s Quttah. 1998-Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust – recording of Songs that You Can Trust by Rob Reddy’s Honor System.
”Reddy draws on concepts and palettes of the AACM, way-post bop and anything-goes downtown movements, alluding to the mainstream in the course of embracing diverse possibilities.”

—Howard Mandel, Jazziz

“...Reddy’s is an adventure that benefits fans of any jazz era.”

—Andrew Bartlett,

“Rob Reddy’s music is truly American: confident without being arrogant, brash but not swaggering and celebratory to the point of boisterousness and joyous unrestraint.”

—Allen Huotari, All About Jazz

Since the early 1990s, Rob Reddy has been forging a way uniquely his own as a jazz composer, saxophone player and bandleader in New York.”

—Harry Newman, Downtown Express

“Reddy understands the link between rhythm and song as well as any younger composer in the wake of Henry Threadgill...”

—Leone Evangelista, All About Jazz

“...Reddy sounds, and dares to sound, like no one but himself.”

—Brian Morton, Jazz Review

“...Reddy has assembled a fine cast of players, each with an uncommon ability to evoke a broad range of images as they interpret these beautifully complex compositions.”

—Elliott Simon, AllAboutJazz

“Released last year, A Hundred Jumping Devils projects a number of the qualities that distinguish Mr. Reddy's best music: stealthy propulsion, sturdy lyricism and a sound that reconciles classical harmony with folk rusticity. Mr. Reddy, who mainly plays soprano and alto, never seems to run out of new ways to bundle the timbres in his arsenal, which include Charlie Burnham's violin, Brandon Ross's guitar and Mark Taylor's French horn.”

—Nate Chinen, New York Times

“His new CD, which is called A Hundred Jumping Devils, is striking for a couple of reasons. Firstly, it's the unusual sound pallette he draws on with French horn, violin and congas all in the mix, and secondly it’s his approach to composition, taking in inspiration from a variety of disparate sources: hymns, processionals and sambas amongst them...a quite unusual mix of instruments, influences and sounds.”

—Jez Nelson, BBC 3's Jazz on 3

“...Rob Reddy has recorded another noteworthy addition to his discography as he continues to explore new themes, new textures and new rhythms...”

—Bill Donaldson, Cadence

“…Reddy and band perpetuate a wondrous, multihued palette of disparate elements in concert with ferocious interplay and fragile soundscapes.”

—Glenn Astarita, DownBeat

  • A Hundred Jumping Devils

    Reddy Music
  • The Book of the Storm

    Reddy Music
  • A Hundred Jumping Devils

    Reddy Music
  • Seeing By The Light Of My Own Candle

    Knitting Factory
  • Songs That You Can Trust

    KOCH International Jazz

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