- 2019 Season
Century of Song
NANCY REED vocalist and bassist was born in Brooklyn to Marcus Wilbun, a jazz and classical pianist sat in at the historic Minton’s jam sessions in Harlem in the 1940’s and Lillie Wilbun who sang opera. Nancy has performed for the last thirty-five years in a wide variety of settings. Artistically consistent and always the consummate professional, Nancy has performed in Japan with the Nancy Reed Jazz Show, Mexico’s Cancun Jazz Festival with the Nancy and Spencer Reed Sextet, has over thirty annual appearances at the Delaware Water Gap Celebration of the Arts Jazz Festival and performed at countless private and club engagements in northeast Pennsylvania where she resides. Nancy is honored to have a long time association with pianist John Coates. Their collaboration has resulted in the their recording “John Coates, Jr. and Nancy Reed at the Deer Head Inn” soon to be re-released on Vectordisc Records. She has recorded two albums with Duke Ellington’s grandson Edward Ellington II with the Duke Ellington Legacy Band. Both recordings feature the venerable Norman Simmons on piano. One of Nancy’s favorite incarnations is her trio with two of New York City’s finest musicians, Jim Ridl on piano and Steve Varner on bass. They have packed the house at Kitano in NY and several times at Nancy’s musical home, the Deer Head Inn. Nancy has recorded seven albums, singing and playing bass with her husband, guitarist Spencer Reed, the latest of which is “Blue Sunrise”. Sometimes Nancy is a Bobette, singing back up for jazz legend Bob Dorough first, on his album “This Is A Recording” and also on several School House Rock educational cartoons. You can even hear Nancy as the voice of a Polar Bear “cub” reporter on School House Rock Earth. In 1999 Nancy toured ten cities in Northern Italy with pianist David Leonhardt with whom she has also recorded five albums, “A Time For Love,” “Plays Gershwin,” “Jazz For Kids,” “I’ll Be Home For Christmas,” and “Tribute to Cole Porter”.