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Rob Reddy

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.

His seventh recording, “Bechet: Our Contemporary,” was released on September 11, 2015. The recording of the album is the subject of a full-length documentary by filmmaker David Castillo. Reddy used Sidney Bechet's original compositions as a point of departure to create this work, intertwining four Bechet compositions with four of his own. Reddy sees this project as an honest and respectful attempt at honoring Bechet’s place in history as a seriously forward-thinking, avant-garde artist of his time, while also putting his work into conversation with our own, present-day sociopolitical landscape.

Reddy's current projects include “Where’s Marilyn?”, which is a 2015 New York State Council on the Arts Individual Artist commission. This piece delves into Reddy's experiences growing up in Kings Park, a small Long Island town that supported one of the largest state psychiatric facilities for over 100 years, and explores themes of memory, community, and the politics of mental healthcare.

Reddy returned to the recording studio in July 2016 to record new music for his Citizen Quintet which features longtime collaborators John Carlson - trumpet, Brandon Ross - guitars, Dom Richards - double bass and Pheeroan akLaff - drums. This recording was released on September 30th, 2016.

In October 2016 Reddy premiered new music for his Bechet: Our Contemporary ensemble for which he received a 2015 Chamber Music America New Works Jazz Commission. This new music was recorded live and will be released on his Reddy Music label in Spring 2017.

As well as the aforementioned projects, Reddy is also undertaking his most ambitious work to date over the course of 2016. INTERRUPTION! is a live performance piece composed for a 14 piece ensemble with music by Reddy and libretto written and performed by saxophonist, composer, poet, visual artist and all around renaissance man, Oliver Lake.

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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.”

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Album Discography

Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Citizen Quintet

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Citizen Quintet

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Bechet: Our...

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Right As Rain

From: Citizen Quintet
By Rob Reddy

Up South

From: Bechet: Our Contemporary
By Rob Reddy



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