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.