ERIC REED has enjoyed a 30-year career as a professional pianist, composer, arranger, conductor, producer, and mentor. From his LAUSD education, The Colburn School and CSUN, mentoring by his west coast tutors Clora Bryant, Gerald Wilson, John & Jeff Clayton, Gerald Wiggins, and Buddy Collette, up through the bandstands of Freddie Hubbard, Joe Henderson, and Wynton Marsalis, Eric has amassed a prolific list of credits on recordings, film & TV scores, musical theater, and in prestigious venues the world over. As a leader, he has yielded over 20 albums, including classics “It’s All Right to Swing” (1994), “The Swing and I” (1995), and “Pure Imagination” (1996). His latest release is entitled “A Light in Darkness” recorded for the WJ3 label.
Through more than a quarter-century as a first-caller on the jazz scene, Reed has articulated this inclusive conception as a leader of numerous ensembles, solo performer, composer, producer, educator, and sideman with numerous artists, including extended stints with Buster Williams, Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard and Wynton Marsalis. Whatever the context, whatever the style, he consistently animates the flow with fresh ideas, virtuosic chops, intellectual clarity and an unwavering will to groove.
On a remarkable series of recent recordings, Reed illuminates his aesthetic scope, navigating diverse terrain with intense focus and sagely concision. Consider, for example, one of Reed’s most recent releases, The Adventurous Monk, a 2014 date on which he offers idiomatic yet personalized, loose yet cohesive interpretations of ten works by the genius pianist-composer Thelonious Monk. It’s Reed’s third Monk project since 2009, when he made The Dancing Monk, followed in 2011 by The Baddest Monk, on which he addresses the iconic songs with just the right admixture of maverick recklessness and natural command. “I imbibed heavily on Monk’s music as I became more immersed in composition and my journey as an artist,” Reed remarks. “The rhythmic, harmonic and melodic variety in his pieces inspire, allow and compel me to embrace the challenge of trying to convey messages in a non-verbal manner.”
“Tim Green is a dynamic musician,” says Christian McBride, the multi grammy-award winning bassist. “If you make a checklist of everything you’d want in a musician, Tim has it all.
Green is a native of Baltimore, where he grew up surrounded by music. After graduating from the Baltimore School for the Arts he went on to receive his Bachelor of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music and earned his Masters in Jazz Studies from the University of Southern California’s Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz. During his time at USC he came up under the guiding lights of legends like Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter and Terence Blanchard. Blanchard, the master trumpeter, calls Green, “a very talented musician with a wide array of creativity. His sound and writing are built on the strengths of our heritage while also containing a forward looking approach to create his own very personal sound."
Green has had a very diverse career which crosses all genres of music that includes playing with some of the most recognized and established names in Jazz, Gospel, R&B, Hip Hop and Pop music. Some of those artist include Christian McBride, Eric Reed, Mulgrew Miller, John Fadis, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Kurt Rosenwinkle, Queen Latifah, Kirk Franklin, Donnie McClurkin, Yolanda Adams, Israel Houghton, Mo’Horns, Mary Mary, Michael Bublé, Ariana Grande, Tori Kelly, Ravi Coltrane, Mary J Blige, Mariah Carey, Fantasia, Toni Braxton, Carl Allen, Earth Wind and Fire, Rodney Whitaker, Joe Chambers, Aretha Fraklin, Jennifer Hudson and Jill Scott.
Performing with such artist has allowed Tim to play in some of the most prestigious venues in the world that includes Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall, Disney Hall, the White House, the Village Vanguard and various concert halls, stadiums and arenas around the world.
￼Green has since returned to his native Baltimore, where he is a key component of the city’s burgeoning jazz, and music education community. He still maintains an active presence in New York and in the international music scene through touring, educational programs and can also be seen playing in the house band for various award shows on major networks. Some of those television performances have included the BET Honors, VH1 Hip Hop Honors, BET White House Obama Farewell Special, Tonight Show featuring Jimmy Fallon, Michael Bublé Christmas Special, BET Sundays Best and the Tonight Show featuring Jay Leno.
Hamilton Pricebegan playing tuba at age 14 and switched his focus to the upright bass at 17. He received his Bachelor's degree in Double Bass Performance from The University of Texas at Austin. He played in Gerry Gibbs' Thrasher Band for five years in and around Texas, backing up Ravi Coltrane, Mike Stern, and Tom Harrell, among many others. In 2006, Hamilton moved to Los Angeles, where he was thrust into the vibrant and diverse LA music scene. With LA as a base, he toured nationally and inter nationally with the likes of Billy Childs, and Eric Reed, respectively. Price has been featured on numerous albums, including the twice Grammynominated "When Lights Are Low", led by vocalist Denise Donatelli and pianist Geoffrey Keezer (Best Jazz Vocal Album and Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist). Now Staff Sergeant Hamilton Price is the bassist in the Jazz Ambassadors, a component of the U.S. Army Field Band, based out of Washington, DC.
“As the jazz circle of creative music gets smaller, we can look at young men like Billy Williams to keep reminding us the beauty in study, deep musical application and vision. You can throw in great sound, touch, swing, improvisation and knowledge as well, because it’s there too." -Jae Sinnett, Jazz Artist/Clinician
Billy Williams, a native of Virginia Beach, Virginia, began playing drums at the age of ten at the Brotherly Love Church of God in Christ in Norfolk, VA under the leadership of his grandfather, Pastor Wilbert R. Miller. His mother, the church Minister of Music, watched him closely and nurtured his gift. Now, 28 and a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, Billy has had the opportunity to travel the world extensively as a performer and educator.
Billy has had the opportunity to perform with many master musicians including: Larry Willis, Steve Davis, Justin Kauflin, Cyrus Chestnut, Delfeayo Marsalis, Warren Wolf, Tim Warfield, Terell Stafford, Ellis Marsalis, Christian McBride, Jon Faddis, Benny Golson, Gary Bartz, Peter Washington, Nat Reeves, and many others.
His talents have afforded him the chance to perform in prestigious venues such as: Carnegie Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, and The Village Vanguard in New York City; The Kennedy Center and Blues Alley in Washington, DC; Duc Des Lombards in Paris, France; The A-Trane in Berlin, Germany; Bimhuis in Amsterdam, Netherlands; Blue Note Milano in Milan, Italy; Umbria Jazz in Perugia, Italy; Montreux Jazz Festival in Montreux, Switzerland; Porgy and Bess in Vienna, Austria; Jazz at Lincoln Center in Doha, Qatar; and Marian’s Jazz Room in Bern, Switzerland amongst many others.
As an educator, Billy has been featured as a Jazz Studies Artist-In-Residence at Duke University in Durham, NC, Middlebury College in Middlebury, VT, The University of Notre Dame in South Bend, IN, The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, JazzSTL in St. Louis, Missouri, and at the Governor’s School for the Arts in Norfolk, VA.
Billy can currently be seen touring with The Terell Stafford Quintet and The Justin Kauflin Trio, amongst many others.