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Rob Reddy

Rob Reddy grew up on the North Shore of Long Island and began studying piano and composing at an early age under the tutelage of local jazz pianist and composer, Ranny Reeve. Soon after, he began playing saxophone and went on to study with trumpeter Dave Burns, and saxophonists Makanda Ken McIntyre and Dave Liebman.

Since forming his first ensemble in 1989 featuring legendary bassist Reggie Workman and drummer Pheeroan akLaff, Reddy has worked almost exclusively as a leader, with the exception of brief stints with Workman's ensemble and Ronald Shannon Jackson's Decoding Society.

He founded the Reddy Music label in 2006, and released “A Hundred Jumping Devils,” which earned him a Chamber Music America commission. His second release, “The Book of the Storm,” featured an all-star 19-piece ensemble performing the hour-long title piece, commissioned by NYSCA and the Jerome Foundation, at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center. Reddy has also been awarded commissions and grants from the Rockefeller Foundation, the American Composers Forum, Meet the Composer, Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, the American Music Center and received two residencies at TPAC.

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”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, Amazon.com

“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

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Albums

Bechet: Our Contemporary
Bechet: Our...
Reddy Music
2015
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A Hundred Jumping Devils
A Hundred Jumping...
Reddy Music
2007
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The Book of the Storm
The Book of the Storm
Reddy Music
2007
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Seeing By The Light Of My Own Candle
Seeing By The Light...
Knitting Factory
2001
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However Humble
However Humble
Reddy Music
2000
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Songs That You Can Trust
Songs That You Can...
Reddy Music
1999
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