Jack Reilly’s life as pianist and composer spanned 60 years. It began in 1946 playing a New Year’s Eve gig with a drummer and later blossomed into a major career.
Jack’s jazz trio performed in Europe, Wales, England, Canada, Alaska and all major cities in the United States.
Mr. Reilly frequently performed as soloist with symphony orchestras, choirs, chamber ensembles, woodwind quintets, and string orchestras, most often playing his own compositions.
He served as Musical Director for David Frost’s USA tour of “That Was the Week That Was” and spent two years as arranger/conductor/pianist for pop singer Gloria Loring. He conducted, performed and composed original music for an off-Broadway production of Samuel Beckett’s Eh Joe.
Jack has sixteen CDs as leader in his portfolio and has been an important ingredient at festivals and on recordings, and in groups led by Sheila Jordan, John Laporta, Ben Webster, Ray Starling’s New York Neophonic Orchestra, and George Russell’s New York Band. He toured all the European festivals with Mr. Russell, ending with a week-long gig at the Village Vanguard and a recording on Soul Note.
He was Professor and Head of the Jazz Studies Departments at the New England Conservatory of Music Boston, The New School, for Social Research, The Mannes College of Music where he wrote the curriculum for full Degree in Jazz Music.
He is the author of the critically acclaimed “The Harmony of Bill Evans, Volume 1 and Volume 2,b the upcoming The Harmony of Dave Brubeck as well as several books of jazz piano arrangements, all published by Hal Leonard Corporation, USA.