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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.

The 13 tunes on his third release, “Born to Be Blue” (2011) are more thematically focused on the poignant life lessons we all experience as human beings.

His fourth recording project, “I'm a Shy Guy,” (October 1, 2013) a tribute to the Nat King Cole Trio and their music, reflects Reed's lifetime passion for the ballads and blues of the Trio—a rapidly rising music group, led by pianist-singer Nat Cole—that broke new ground in the 1940's during the era of big bands. Reed poignantly remembers himself as a self-conscious 14-year old in 1943, so shy that he “talked” to girls by singing King Cole Trio love songs to them on the phone. As a teenager in Los Angeles, Reed had the opportunity to see the Trio perform at his school, Jordan High in Watts and, when he had the chance to meet his hero after the concert, found himself too shy to say hello or shake Nat Cole's hand.

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”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 ..

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Discography

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

Ed Reed - I'm A Shy...

Blue Shorts Records
2013

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Born to Be Blue

Born to Be Blue

Blue Shorts Records
2011

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Love Stories

Love Stories

Self Produced
2008

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The Song Is You

The Song Is You

Blue Shorts Records
2008

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