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Reid, John (Charles)

Reid, John (Charles), tenor saxophonist, clarinetist and flutist; b. Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 13 December 1951.

After playing with local rock bands in Calgary, Reid turned professional in 1971 with the 25 piece show group Stratus Faction which toured North America and did TV shows for CTV and CBC networks. He also toured with territory funk bands in the 70s before completing his B.M. at the University of Calgary in 1979. He has been leading his own jazz groups since 1974, when, at the encouragement of teachers Phil Nimmons and Oscar Peterson, he formed a quartet at the first annual Banff Centre Jazz Workshop to make a Jazz Radio Canada broadcast. A stint with Alberta Culture took Reid to Edmonton music in 1980-81 where he played with Tommy Banks, George Blondheim, Bob Stroup and others before he returned to Calgary where gigs with the Saturday Pro Band gave him the opportunity to play with guests Dizzy Gillespie, Paul Horn and Bob Brookmeyer. John Reid has accompanied several big names in his career including: Harry Connick Jr., Kenny Wheeler, Tom Jones, Bob Hope, Della Reese, Red Skelton, Connie Stevens, Joan Rivers, Lou Rawls, and Richard Heyman & the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra among others. When Gino Vanelli played Calgary in the fall of 1990, Reid was invited to be the local guest saxophone player to play the saxophone solo on Vanelli's hit For Your Love. In May of 1991, the John Reid Quartet played the warm-up set for Mel Torme at the Jack Singer Concert Hall of the Calgary Centre for Performing Arts. Reid premiered his new work for solo tenor saxophone (Improvisation No. 1) for the New Works Calgary society in September of 1991. He was a member of the orchestra that recorded music for the 1988 Winter Olympic Games. He is founder and past chairman of the Calgary International Jazz Festival and founding secretary and past president of the Jazz Calgary society. The John Reid Quartet is active in Edmonton, Saskatoon, Calgary.  He has appeared on the national network of CBC Television. He began working on hi s M.A. in Jazz History and Research at Rutgers-Newark in 1998 via distance learning.

Recordings:
Island Shuffle (1993)

Radio broadcasts:
Jazz Radio Canada broadcast; Broadcast recordings for ACCESS / CKUA Radio; CBC network radio (November 1991; aired 1992); CKRA-FM (Edmonton); CHQR-AM (Calgary)

Bibliography:
Mark Miller, Boogie, Pete & the Senator - Canadian Musicians in Jazz: The Eighties
(Nightwood Editions, 1987).

Contact information:
John Reid
4519 Bowness Rd NW
Calgary, Alberta. T3B 0A9.
(403) 288-5794
jcreid@ucalgary.ca

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