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When Ed Reed was in high school in Los Angeles in the 1940′s, Nat King Cole came to perform at his school. The experience of hearing and meeting Mr. Cole had a huge impact on the young Ed Reed, who strove to “become” Nat Cole and learned virtually all of his recordings by memory.
Two thirds of a century later, at age 83, Vocalist Ed Reed is at the height of his game. He amazed the jazz world when he came out with his highly acclaimed debut CD at age 78. Now, five years later, he has recorded three CD’s and he just placed in DownBeat magazine’s “Rising Star: Male Vocalist” for the fourth time in five years.
For this concert he will present a new project which pays tribute to Nat Cole and the King Cole Trio. With original arrangements by Randy Porter, he puts his own soulful stamp on these classics that shaped him so much. Ed Reed is joined by his “A-Team,” the quintet which recorded his acclaimed CD “Born to Be Blue”… with the extraordinary bassist John Wiitala standing in for Robb Fisher.
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