Mike Reed
Drummer and Composer
Chicago, IL
2016 USA Fellow

This award is generously supported by Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

Mike Reed is a musician, composer and presenter based in Chicago. Reed has been part of the vibrant Chicago jazz and improvised music community since 1997. While performing in a variety of projects locally, nationally and internationally, Reed also leads two widely acclaimed groups, Loose Assembly and People, Places & Things. Reed was named Chicagoan of the Year for Jazz (2008) by the Chicago Tribune and in the 57th annual Downbeat critics poll was distinguished as “Rising Jazz Star”. (People, Places & Things also named as “Rising Jazz Group”.) Over the years he has had the pleasure to work with luminaries in the jazz and improvised music world including Roscoe Mitchell, Wadada Leo Smith, Fred Anderson and Julian Priester among others.As a producer Reed serves as Chairman for the Chicago Jazz Festival Programming Committee and from 2009-11 he served as vice chairman for the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM). Reed is also the Director of the internationally renown Pitchfork Music Festival, drawing over 50,000 attendees to Chicago over 3 days and featuring today’s most cutting edge rock and pop artists.In April 2013 Reed opened Constellation a venue with a mission is to present progressive performance and forward-thinking music with a focus on jazz, improvisation and contemporary classical.

Portrait photo by Johnathan Crawford.
  • Artwork by Mike Reed
    People Places and Things: A New Kind of Dance (2015). Courtesy of the artist
  • Artwork by Mike Reed
    MAGIC: Roscoe Mitchell/Mike Reed: In Pursuit of Magic (2014). Courtesy of the artist
  • Artwork by Mike Reed
    EMPATHETIC: Loose Assembly: Empathetic Parts (2010). Courtesy of the artist
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