from The Seattle Times …
Now 79, Reed will return to Seattle for the first time since 1946, performing Tuesday and Wednesday night at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley with the man who could be fairly credited for discovering Reed: reed and trumpet player Peck Allmond.
“The first thing I thought when I heard him [at Jazz CampWEST] was, ‘Why don’t I have all his recordings?’ ” said Allmond, who played on both of Reed’s albums and produced Reed’s 2008 work, “The Song Is You.”
Reed, who lives in Richmond, Calif., and Allmond will perform with the other members of Allmond’s quartet, drummer Todd Strait, bassist Scott Steed and pianist Randy Porter. Empathetic and personal, Reed’s voice tells a story as much as it sings a song. Reed’s cinematic back story has attracted a lot of attention in a short time. He has played clubs in New York, Boston and San Francisco. And he recently recorded a segment of Marian McPartland’s radio show, “Piano Jazz.”