Reed Gratz ~ Professor, Pianist, Composer

Reed Gratz ~ pianist/keyboardist/composer/professor

 

The music is from an April, 2008 concert featuring Michael O'Neill (guitar), Baba Elefante (bass), Bobby Dominguez (drums), and me, Reed Gratz, on piano.  It's one of my compositions entitled Tom-para Jobim.  

Reed Gratz, is
 a 
Professor
 of 
Music
 and
 department
 chair 
at 
the 
University 
of 
La 
Verne in Los Angeles, California.

 He
 has 
taught
 at Washington
 State 
University,
 University
 of
 Miami, 
University
 of 
Innsbruck (Austria),
 Utrecht
 Conservatory
 and
 Leiden
 University
 in
 the 
Netherlands,
 and
 for 
ten 
years
 as a 
visiting
 professor 
of
 music
 at
 Claremont
 McKenna
 College.

  He
 is 
on 
the 
Advisory 
Board
 of 
the 
American 
Jazz 
Institute 
along
 with 
Mort 
Sahl
 and
 Lee 
Konitz.

  Reed
 has 
been
 awarded 
a 
jazz
 composition
 grant
 from
 the 
NEA;
 a
 research
 grant 
in
 African‐ American
 music by
 the 
NEH;
 two
 Senior
 Fulbright
 Lectureships, 
one
 at
 the 
University
 of
 Innsbruck, 
the 
other, 
the
 Walt
 Whitman 
Distinguished
 Chair
 of
 American
 Culture
 Studies
 at 
Leiden
 University; 
and
 the 
Excellence 
in
 Teaching 
Award 
for 
undergraduate
 faculty 
at
 the
 University 
of 
La
 Verne where he is a member of the La Verne Academy.  

Reed 
has 
played
 with 
George 
Russell,
 Herb 
Alpert,
 Bruce 
Hornsby, 
John
 Patitucci,
 Barbara
 Morrison,
 Alex
 Acuña,
 Sir
 Willem
 Nijholt
 and
 many
 others.

 He
 has
 composed 
music 
for 
fifteen plays.

  Five
 of 
his 
recent
 CDs
 are 
Below Sealevel 
and
 Piano,
 View From the South,
 The Reed Gratz Band featuring Michael O’Neil, and
 Quaadrille.
  Professor
 Gratz 
has
 received
 three
 Who’s Who Among American Teachers awards
 since
 2002.


 

Reed's Studio in California

 

Reed's Fender Rhodes ~ 73 Suitcase Piano was purchased new in Boston in 1974.  I picked this particular one out for composer George Russell (Lydian Chromatic Concept), who after a month of having it in his apartment, opted for the new 88 model.  My earlier model had just been stolen from my Fiat sedan so I bought this one from George.  Since then, I’ve used it on a thousand gigs.  

The round top was replaced with the convenient flat top in 1982.  Everything else is original.  It’s been worked on by Rhodes Mark V designer, Steve Woodyard.