Eric Reed

When you think of hard-driving swing, daring expression, sophistication and elegance in artistry, formidable technique and a thunderous sound, there are only a very small handful of contemporary pianists you think of and one of them is most assuredly ERIC REED. But don’t think of him as a just a pianist; Eric is one of his generation’s most advanced thinkers in music.

Born in the musically rich city of Philadelphia, PA. Eric grew up playing in his father’s storefront Baptist church, starting at the age of five: “My father was a minister but he also used to sing with a Gospel group in Philly called the Bay State Singers. He is my earliest musical influence. I also was hit heavily by the sound of Christian and secular music of the 1970s (most notably Edwin & Walter Hawkins, Andrae Crouch and James Cleveland). “ Soon after, young Reed was bitten by the Jazz bug after hearing recordings by Art Blakey, Ramsey Lewis and Dave Brubeck.

Blessed by God as a child prodigy, Eric started playing piano at age two, beginning formal instruction at age five, starting at Philadelphia’s Settlement Music School at age seven. However, he remained primarily self-taught, often confounding his instructors by not learning the written music, but listening to them play it first and memorizing musical pieces note-for-note: “I wasn’t interested in practicing Bach; I was too busy digging Horace Silver!”

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Upcoming Shows

Date Detail Price
Jun24Mon
Eric Alexander Quartet With Special Guest Eric Reed
Kuumbwa Jazz Center
Santa Cruz, CA
$26.25
Nov15Fri
Warren Wolf
The Sequoia Room
Fort Bragg, CA
$25.00
Nov16Sat
Warren Wolf
The Sequoia Room
Fort Bragg, CA
$25.00

Discography

 

The Adventurous Monk

Challenge Jazz
2014

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Groovewise

Groovewise

Smoke Sessions
2014

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Something Beautiful

Something Beautiful

WJ3 Records
2011

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The Dancing Monk

The Dancing Monk

Savant Records
2011

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Stand!

Stand!

WJ3 Records
2009

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Here

Here

MAXJAZZ
2006

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