Ed Reed with Randy Porter and John Wiitala
Here’s to life! Ed Reed will celebrate 85 years young with an evening of joyful music – looking back, looking forward. Ed will be joined by two favorite musicians with whom he has performed and recorded numerous times, pianist Randy Porter and bassist John Wiitala. Drawing from past and recent recording projects along with Ed’s vast repertoire from the Great American Songbook, this will be an evening of ballads, blues, and swing to delight your soul.
Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 8pm
at Piedmont Piano Company
1728 San Pablo Ave. (at 18th), Oakland, CA
$20 - To reserve tickets with your credit card, please call (510) 547-8188
“…vocalist Ed Reed knows how to find the sweet spot in a song and how to make it his own.” – DownBeat, October 2013
Ed Reed made his recording debut just before his 78th birthday in 2007. Four CD’s later, he has placed five out of the last six years in the DownBeat Critics Poll, “Rising Star – Male Vocalist” category, performed at internationally renowned clubs in the Bay Area, New York, Boston, Seattle, Los Angeles and Europe, was a guest on Marian McPartland’s NPR “Piano Jazz” radio show in 2009, featured in a Nat Hentoff Wall Street Journal article, and conducts workshops at The Jazzschool in Berkeley. He has released 4 critically acclaimed CDs in just 7 years, and there’s no end in sight. His Nat King Cole Trio project and most recent recording, I’m a Shy Guy, was a DownBeat editors pick in October 2013 and received a 4-star review in the December 2013 issue of DownBeat Magazine.
Randy Porter, pianist, composer, arranger, educator, recording and performing artist, and Steinway Artist is known for his elegant jazz piano performances. The combination of his intuitive accompaniment and thoughtful interpretation of the lyric makes him a favorite among vocalists. As a jazz musician, his refined understanding about improvisation and the spontaneous communication between musicians makes him a highly respected music director. In the words of one critic, “Porter has built a reputation as a musician’s musician, a knowledgeable, inventive, and sophisticated player with a remarkable sense of time and gorgeous keyboard facility.”
John Wiitala has worked with some of the greatest names in jazz, including Joe Henderson, Junior Cook, Charlie Rouse, James Moody, Bud Shank, and Cecil Payne. He has toured with Richie Cole, Arturo Sandoval, Shorty Rogers, and Jessica Williams, and has played at jazz festivals around the world, including Monterey, North Sea, Montreux, Detroit, and JVC/Concord. His recording credits include work with Scott Hamilton, Jessica Williams, and Mark Levine.