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November 04, 2013
A tribute to the Nat King Cole Trio
Monday, November 4
Ed Reed - vocals
Anton Schwartz - tenor saxophone
Randy Porter -piano
John Wiitala - bass
Akira Tana - drums
Ed Reed’s fourth recording project, I’m a Shy Guy, is a tribute to the music of the Nat King Cole Trio, reflecting his lifetime passion for the ballads and blues of the group that broke new ground during the big band era. Reed poignantly remembers himself as a self-conscious 14-year old singing King Cole Trio ballads to girls over the phone and being too shy to shake Nat King Cole’s hand after the Trio performed at his high school in the 1940’s.
Ed Reed made his recording debut just before his 78th birthday in 2007 with the highly acclaimed Ed Reed Sings Love Stories, followed by The Song Is You in 2008, and then Born to Be Blue in 2011 – which was a 2011 DownBeat Editors Pick and described by jazz critic Andrew Gilbert as possessing “all the distilled emotion and narrative coherence of a jazz masterpiece.”
In only a few short years, Reed's music has been critically acclaimed, reviewed in numerous print and online jazz publications (such as DownBeat, Jazziz, and JazzTimes), Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Seattle Times, and Boston Globe. He has performed at internationally renowned clubs in New York, Boston, Seattle, Los Angeles, Oakland, San Francisco, and Bern, Switzerland. He was a 2009 guest on Marian McPartland's iconic Piano Jazz NPR show and has placed in the DownBeat Critics Poll as a Rising Star in the Male Vocalist category in 5 out of the last 6 years.
In his June 2009 Wall Street Journal review, jazz historian and critic Nat Hentoff compared Reed to the “enveloping sensuous balladry of Duke Ellington's Herb Jeffries and the conversational intimacy of Johnny Hartman in his sessions with John Coltrane.” DownBeat Editor Frank Alkyer wrote: “Reed has developed a jazz voice that is distinct—full of the pain, sorrow, love and beauty that go along with taking that long, hard trail through life. All of that is on full display here. When Ed Reed sings... look for an intimate story every time.”
This I’m a Shy Guy CD release concert features recording band members Randy Porter, piano; Anton Schwartz, tenor saxophone; John Wiitala, bass; and Akira Tana, drums.