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Irene Reid


Irene Reid, singer who toured and recorded with Count Basie’s band and appeared on Broadway in “The Wiz.” A jazz vocalist whose style was heavily laced with elements of gospel and the blues, Ms. Reid never achieved as much success as contemporaries like Dinah Washington and Esther Phillips who took a similar approach. But she worked steadily, and she finished her life on a high note with a surprising career resurgence. Born in Savannah, Ga., on Sept. 23, 1930, Ms. Reid began singing in a church choir there and moved to New York in 1947 to pursue a singing career. After winning the Apollo Theater’s amateur contest several times, she spent two years with the Dick Vance band at the Savoy Ballroom in Harlem before going out on her own


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Listener Favorites & DrJ’s Birthday Blowout

Read "Listener Favorites & DrJ’s Birthday Blowout" reviewed by Marc Cohn

It's time for our recurring '5' (as in Show 365) party, listener favorites from Shows 351-360. And a bonus--DrJazz's birthday blowout (we don't usually do this, but this one is a nice round number....'40.' Well, 70 is the new 40?), in which he indulges with some of the tracks that keep his motor running when he's ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Maria’s A Winner & Sonny Is Too

Read "Maria’s A Winner & Sonny Is Too" reviewed by Marc Cohn

Sometimes in this business, you get so saturated with new music that your ears are paralyzed. The blues to the rescue, including Dexter Gordon singing with his voice, not just the saxophone. We also salute and celebrate Maria Schneider's receipt of a Jazz Masters' Award this spring from the National Endowment for the Arts. The first ...


Article: Guitarist's Rendezvous

Steve Herberman, Hristo Vitchev, Rick Stone and Harvey Valdes

Read "Steve Herberman,  Hristo Vitchev, Rick Stone and Harvey Valdes" reviewed by Dom Minasi

Welcome back to Guitarists Rendezvous, our third installment in a series that introduces readers to emerging or established guitarists who fly just under the radar of public recognition. Each will field the same four questions and we've included audio and video so you can sample their music. This installment includes a diverse group ...


News: Obituary

Jimmy Ponder: 1946-2013

Jimmy Ponder: 1946-2013

Soul-Jazz guitarist Jimmy Ponder was well known to serious jazz lovers for his recordings as a leader and appearances as a sideman on 80 albums. His unique bluesy sound, which incorporated Wes Montgomery's approach of playing octaves with the thumb, has influenced other guitarists. Ponder's playing was described as aggressive rhythm-and-blues figurations with swift and lucid ...


Backwater Blues

Featuring the music of Irene Reid
Duration: 4:36

Dynamic vocalist Reid in 62' with the Count Basie Orchestra: Count Basie: piano; Marshal Royal & Frank Wess: alto sax; Eric Dixon, Frank Foster, Frank Wess: tenor sax; Charlie Fowlkes: baritone sax; Al Aarons, Sonny Cohn, Thad Jones, Snooky Young: trumpet; Henry Coker, Quentin Jackson, Benny Powell: trombone; Freddie Green: guitar; Eddie Jones: bass; Sonny Payne: drums.

News: Obituary

Funeral Services for Irene Reid & Earl May

Funeral Services for Irene Reid & Earl May

Irene Reid Funeral Services: This Thursday: January 10th, 2008 The Greater Zion Hill Baptist Church at 127th and 8th Avenue Time: Viewing from 2-6:30 Services from 6:30 on at the church Earl May Thursday, January 10, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. ...


Thanks To You

Label: Unknown label
Released: 2004


Article: Jazz From The Vinyl Junkyard

Irene Reid: Room For One More

Read "Irene Reid: Room For One More" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

Irene Reid Room For One More Verve 1965 The really great jazz vocalists share something in common with their renowned instrumental counterparts. That is, they possess a truly identifiable sound and approach that cannot be mistaken for another. For just two examples, any jazz fan worth their weight could identify ...


The Lady From Savannah

Label: Intakt Records
Released: 1989


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