Support All About Jazz

All About Jazz needs your help and we have a deal. Pay $20 and we'll hide those six pesky Google ads that appear on every page, plus this box and the slideout box on the right for a full year! You'll also fund website expansion.


I want to help

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.

Read more
CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
”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 ..

Read more

19 Photos

Albums

Similar

Sony Holland Sony Holland
vocalist
Sachal Vasandani Sachal Vasandani
vocalist
Rachael Price Rachael Price
vocalist
Dee Daniels Dee Daniels
vocalist
Judy Wexler Judy Wexler
vocalist
Irene Atman Irene Atman
vocalist
Giacomo Gates Giacomo Gates
vocalist
Julie Kelly Julie Kelly
vocalist
Susan Krebs Susan Krebs
vocalist
Ray Brown Jr. Ray Brown Jr.
vocalist

Premium Profiles

Kathy Sanborn Kathy Sanborn
composer/conductor
Karl Berger Karl Berger
band/orchestra
Hilary Kole Hilary Kole
vocalist
Harrison Goldberg Harrison Goldberg
saxophone
Anton Schwartz Anton Schwartz
sax, tenor
Suzanne Grzanna Suzanne Grzanna
sax, alto
Chris Greco Chris Greco
reeds
Stu Harrison Stu Harrison
piano
Jon Dreyer Jon Dreyer
bass, acoustic
Norman David Norman David
saxophone
Thomas Steffen Thomas Steffen
arranger

All About Vince Guaraldi!

An exclusive opportunity for All About Jazz readers to participate in the celebration of a jazz legend.