Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
Began playing professionally at age 16. Recorded first record with Martha & Vandella`s (Motown) at age 17, working in the Apollo Theatre house band, under the direction of Quincy Jones. Worked his way through college (Aldelphi University- Garden City, New York) playing jazz six nights a week. He worked with C. Tyler at 21 in 1965. Graduated 1965 - B.A. Degree. Went to Africa - performing with various African bands (e.g. Guy Warren, Fela Ransome Kuti, Alpha Jazz Band, Leone Starrs, Black Star Tour) for the governments of several African nations including Nigeria, Liberia, Senegal, Ivory Coast, Congo, Morocco and Egypt. First jazz musician to receive first of several grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. Documented in the appendix to "This Business of Music" published by Billboard. He worked with Sun Ra in NYC, then received 4-yr sentence as conscientious objector. Taught Black history course, music, to fellow inmates. He was paroled after 2 yrs. In 1970, he founded The Master Brotherhood with saxophonist Joe Rigby. Worked with Weldon Irvine, F. Lowe, Charles McPherson, Tyrone Washington, L. Bowie, Black Arthur Blythe, Cedar Walton, John Ore, Junic Booth, R. Boykins, and others. He got grants from National Endowment for the Arts to teach free drum clinic in NY ghettoes. Worked in various productions (The Wiz) on and off Broadway, (Don't Bother Me I Can't Cope, The Connection). Began travelling extensively in Europe (tour for Swedish government, French government, Israel) playing in Belgium, England, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Poland, Holland, Norway, Denmark, as well as Greenland Canada. In the 1970's owned and managed Mustervic Sound Records, an independent jazz label. Served as Co-director of Musicians of Brooklyn Initiative (MOBI). Served as musical director of Sounds in Motion, a dance troupe. Reid' s style is heavily influenced by African rhythms and modal harmonics of twelve tone explorations of John Coltrane. Steve Reid is a member of Broadcast Music Inc.(BMI), the American Federation of Musicians Local 802 of the AFL-CIO, card OR4488, since 1965,Black Music Association, and the Jazz Foundation. Steve Reid has played with Freddie Hubbard, Jackie McLean, Martha Raye, Dionne Warwick, T-Bone Walker, Archie Shepp, Chief Bey, Olatunji, Arthur Blythe, Lester Bowie, Walter Davis, Charles MacPherson, Dexxter Gordon,Gary Bartz, Curtis Fuller, James Brown, Martha Reeves, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Les Walker, David Murray, Sam Rivers, Peggy Lee, Leon Thomas, Guy Warren, Fela, Randy Weston, Mal Waldron, Marion Macparland, Chaka Chan, Cbo Didley, Fats Domino, Henry Threadgill, Warren Smith, SUN RA, Loonie Smith Horace Silver, Barnum & Bailey Circus, Sound, In Motion Dance Troupe, amongst others. Due to personal problems he was off the scene for many years but in 1997, was living in the Bronx and now is living in Europe and performing internationally. He is African American but is sometimes confused by name with the white world music percussionist Steve Reid who cofounded the Rippingtons and performed on one commercial with Miles Davis in 1986.
Rhythmatism; Raw; Nova; New Live Version Of The Eye; Odyessy Of The Oblong Square; Sounds Across America; Live In Europe (2001), Trio-Invitation (2002), Drum Story (2002); Wave (2003)
James Brown: Popcorn; Martha & The Vandellas: Dancing In The Street; Fela Ransome Kuti: Africa One; Frank Lowe: Fresh; Charles Tyler: Voyage From Jerecho, Live In Europe, Saga Of The Out Law, Folk & Mystery Stories, Definite Volume 1, Definite Volume 2; Arthur Blythe: The Grip, Metamorphosis; David Wertman: Ka Ra Suite; Per Henrik Wallin: Farewell To Sweden (2002)