Called by Howard Reich, “A remarkably versatile player” with “a distinctive voice,” cellist, composer, educator, and improviser, TOMEKA REID is a sought after freelance musician in the Chicago metropolitan area. Tomeka consistently strives to expand her music palette to include other musical styles and performance techniques. Originally from Washington, DC, Tomeka moved to Chicago where she has been teaching, composing, and performing with the AACM’s Great Black Music Ensemble (GBME), Nicole Mitchell’s Black Earth Ensemble/Strings, Mike Reed’s Loose Assembly, Dee Alexander’s Evolution Ensemble, Chicago Sinfonietta, the Chicago Jazz Ensemble, and the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic. Tomeka is also co-leader of the collaborative trio Hear in Now. Tomeka has received commissions to compose for GBME performances in Perugia and Pisa, Italy; for a tribute to tenor saxophonist, Fred Anderson, at the 31st Annual Chicago Jazz Festival, and by the Chicago Jazz Ensemble; and for a tribute to Melba Liston and Randy Weston in Millennium Park, at last year’s Chicago Jazz Festival. She is a recipient of the 2008 residency for composition by the Ragdale Foundation and is proud to be this year’s recipient of the 2012 2nd annual Make Jazz Fellowship sponsored by the 18th Street Arts Organization and the Herb Alpert Foundation. Tomeka is currently a doctoral candidate in Jazz Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Performing with Tomeka are JOSH ABRAMS, bass; and MATT SCHNEIDER, guitar.
Watch Tomeka Reid perform with Mazz Swift and Silvia Bolognesi in 2012:
*Please note: Video samples do not necessarily represent HPJF lineup.