Music Program

Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 8:00 p.m.


Mike Reed's People, Places & Things



Greg Ward (alto saxophone)
Tim Haldeman (tenor saxophone)
Jason Roebke (contrabass)
Mike Reed (drums)

Mike Reed is a musician, composer and presenter based in Chicago.
[ARCHIVAL NOTE: Bassist Jason Roebke's flight was delayed in Chicago, so he did not make it to Buffalo in time for the concert. He was replaced on bass by local musician Ed Klavoon, whose bass was to have been borrowed by Roebke.]

As a drummer, Reed has been part of the vibrant Chicago jazz and improvised music community since 1997. He has performed regularly with local luminaries such as Fred Anderson, David Boykin, Nicole Mitchell, Jeff Parker, Josh Abrams, Jim Baker, and Rob Mazurek, as well as Chicago Jazz legends Ira Sullivan, Julian Priester and Art Hoyle. As a performer he tours extensively in Europe and South America. While performing in a variety of projects locally, nationally and internationally, Reed also leads two widely acclaimed groups, Loose Assembly and People, Places & Things. Reed was named Chicagoan of the Year for Jazz (2008) by the Chicago Tribune and in the 57th annual Downbeat critics poll was distinguished as "Rising Jazz Star". (People, Places & Things also named as "Rising Jazz Group".)

Over the course of a decade Reed has also established himself as a leading producer of musical performances and advocate for the performing arts. He is one of the main organizers for Umbrella Music, a five member team presenting weekly Jazz and Improvised music at various Chicago venues (approximating 280 sets of music per year as well as an accompanying festival). As a fresh addition to the historical collective known as the AACM, Reed was named Vice Chairmen in the spring of 2009. In other areas Reed works with the City of Chicago as a member of the Chicago Jazz Festival planning committee, programing partner for the Downtown Sound series at Millennium Park. Most notably Reed is the Director of the internationally renowned Pitchfork Music Festival, drawing over 50,000 attendees to Chicago over 3 days and featuring today's most cutting edge rock and pop artists.

"Reed can keep time, break down grooves, drive the bus, or paint pictures—sometimes in the same piece—but his decisions are driven by what's best for the ensemble." - Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader

"Drummer Reed has recorded and performed prolifically with his People, Places & Things, a fascinating musical experiment that refracts the jazz past through the sensibilities of the present. The newest recording characteristically echoes the bebop era but also bristles with experimental concepts on pitch, color and structure. A palpable blues spirit pervades pieces such as Reed's "Where the Story Ends" and "House of Three Smiles." Other works, such as Reed's "The Lady Has a Bomb" and Roscoe Mitchell's "Old" convey a streaked-with-dissonance melodic quality one associates with the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM). Saxophonists Greg Ward and Tim Haldeman do much of the heavy lifting here, with disarming sighs from cornetist Josh Berman." - Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune

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