8/25 Ed Reed’s redemption song
Posted by novoscene on August 25, 2008
Ed Reed was meant to be a singer, no matter what road he had to take to get there. As a youth growing up in Watts in the 30’s and 40’s, the young Reed was surrounded by music from the beginning, learning musical chords from Charles Mingus and attending school with singers like “Little Esther” Phillips and the Coaster’s Bobby Nunn.
After a stint in the army, however, Reed’s future dimmed as an addiction to heroin landed him repeat performances as a headliner at talent shows in San Quentin state prison rather than on the Jazz stages that seemed to be his birthright. Through it all, the music kept him sane.
Now Reed is sane and clean-having kicked the habit in 1986-and has spent the last few years forging into the music career that’s been alluding him for the last 40 years. Tonight Reed brings a program of Jazz standards and his “hypnotic” baritone to Yoshi’s in Jack London Square. Watch the video below for a preview, then head to Yoshi’s tonight to check out a performance that’s been a lifetime in the making.-kwan
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$14 8pm, $510pm
510 Embarcadero West, Oakland