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Reedus, Tony (Anthony)

Reedus, Tony (Anthony), drummer; b. Memphis, TN, 22 September 1959.

He took up drums at age 14, and soon after started playing with his school band. Inspired by his uncle, James Williams, he became interested in playing jazz and began developing his conceptions in high school through private study. Early influences were Chick Webb, Art Blakey, Louis Hayes, Max Roach, Elvin Jones, Tony Williams and Victor Lewis. After high school graduation, he enrolled at Memphis State University in 1978. In addition to music studies, he worked in local clubs with saxophonist Herman Green and numerous other Memphis musicians. Also during this period he performed with visiting musicians Milt Jackson, Slide Hampton and Frank Foster. During an appearance at Memphis' Blues Alley, Woody Shaw showed up, and asked him to audition N.Y. After a successful tryout, he left college in 1980 to join Shaw's group, and in 1981, he made his recording debut on United. He toured with the group until it disbanded in 1983. Since then, he has remained based in N.Y. played with The Mercer Ellington Orchestra, Art Farmer, Bobby Hutcherson, Freddie Hubbard, Kenny Garrett, Mulgrew Miller, George Coleman, Benny Golson, Joe Lovano, Phineas Newborn, Jr. and others.

Far Side (1988); Incognito (1989); Minor Thang (1996)
As sideperson:
Woody Shaw: United

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