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Michael J. Reed is a jazz drummer currently based in East Lansing, Mi. Michael maintains an active performing career throughout the Midwest, performing throughout Northwest Ohio and Detroit with artists such as Rodney Whitaker, Ramona Collins, Gene and Ray Parker, Steve Davis, Mark Whitfield, Melissa Aldana, Dee Dee Bridgewater, and The Dr. Phillips Center Jazz Orchestra in Orlando, Fl. He also leads his own group, Reedify Trio, which has performed at Cliff Bell’s, the Ohio Theatre, the Toledo Museum of Art and the former Degage Jazz Café. Michael released his first album as a bandleader and composer, entitled A Walk of Perspective, in 2017 and has recorded with other artists such as Chloe and the Steel Strings, and the Gazebo. He is also the drummer of the Gathering Orchestra, under the leadership of bassist, Rodney Whitaker.
Michael attended the Toledo School for the Arts, studying classical, Afro-Caribbean, Steel Pan, and Jazz percussion. He received his bachelor’s degree, in Instrumental Jazz, at The University of Toledo and is pursuing a master’s degree in Jazz Studies at Michigan State University. During his time at UT, he has performed with the Jazz Ensemble, Latin Jazz Ensemble, Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Vocalstra, and Percussion Ensemble. Michael was a recipient of the Art Tatum Memorial Scholarship and other scholarships from UT.