A drummer, composer and presenter based in Chicago, MIKE REED was born in Germany but spent most of his childhood in Evanston, IL. Since 1997 he has been part of the vibrant Chicago jazz and improvised music scene and has performed with and presented some of the Chicago’s finest music. Whether playing at familiar Chicago gigs or at large festivals throughout the world, he is intimately connected with cutting edge music and performers. He is also a presenter of music with the goal of creating a musician friendly and fan friendly environment as exemplified in his Pitchfork Music Festival, Umbrella Music Festival, Hungry Brain Sunday Transmission Series, and others. Mike has played with the Treehouse Project, the David Boykin Expanse, Rob Mazurek’s Exploding Star Orchestra, and the Josh Berman Quartet . He also leads his own “Loose Assembly” and “People, Places & Things.” Mike put together his quartet “People, Places & Things” to play music by their 1950s forebears, producing an acclaimed trilogy (Proliferation, About us, and Stories & Negotiations) which explores underappreciated repertoire from Chicago’s jazz, blues and improvised music scene between 1954 and 1960. The group followed these recordings by tracking the evolution of Chicago jazz on their next album, Clean on the Corner, released last year, described in all•about•jazz as “bristl[ing] with the legacy of Chicago’s broad sounds and the inspiration of the AACM (Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians).” Mike, on drums, is joined by JASON ROEBKE, bass; GREG WARD, alto saxophone; and TIM HALDEMAN, tenor saxophone.
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