Steve Reid

Began playing professionally at age 16. Recorded first record with Martha & Vandella's (Motown) at age 17, working in the Apollo Theatre house band, under the direction of Quincy Jones.

Worked his way through college (Aldelphi University- Garden City, New York) playing jazz six nights a week. Graduated 1965. B.A. Degree.

Went to Africa for three years--performing with various African bands (e.g. Guy Warren, Fela Ransome Kuti, Alpha Jazz Band, Leone Starrs, Black Star Tour) for the governments of several African nations including Nigeria, Liberia, Senegal, Ivory Coast, Congo, Morocco and Egypt.

First jazz musician to receive first of several grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, under the chairmanship of Nancy Hanks. Documented in the appendix to “This Business of Music” published by Billboard.

Began working with various artists. Worked in various productions (The wiz) on and off Broadway, (Don’t Bother Me I Can't Cope, The Connection).Began travelling extensively in Europe (tour for Swedish government, French government, Israel) playing in Belgium, England, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Poland, Holland, Norway, Denmark, as well as Greenland Canada.

In the 1970's owned and managed Mustervic Sound Records, an independent jazz label. Served as Co-director of Musicians of Brooklyn Initiative (MOBI). Served as musical director of Sounds in Motion, a dance troups.

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Daxaar

Domino Records (UK)
2007

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The Exchange Sessions...

CE Jazz & Blues/City Hall Records
2006

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Spirit Walk

Soul Jazz Records
2005

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Steve Reid Quartet...

Mustevic Records
2000

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