18-11-08

Tony Reedus R.I.P.

Tony Reedus
1959-2008

Tony Reedus was born in Memphis in 1959, took up drums at age 14, and
soon after started playing with his school band. Inspired by his
uncle, veteran Jazz Messenger pianist James Williams, Reedus became
interested in playing jazz and began developing his conceptions in
high school through private studies and analysis of the styles of
personal influences such as 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 Reedus performed with stellar New York musicians
such as Milt Jackson, Slide Hampton and Frank Foster. During an
appearance at Memphis' Blues Alley, Woody Shaw showed up, and was
impressed enough to ask the drummer to audition for him in New York.
After a successful tryout, Reedus left college in 1980 to join Shaw's
group, which also featured Steve Turre, Mulgrew Miller and Stafford
James. In 1981, he made his recording debut on Shaw's United, and
proceeded to tour the world with the trumpeter's band. He remained
with the group until it disbanded in 1983.

Since then, Reedus has shared the bandstand in the New York area and
around the world 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
many others.

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