Reed Gratz ~ Professor, Pianist, Composer

Reed Gratz ~ pianist/keyboardist/composer/professor


Doctor of Musical Arts (Composition), 1977

  University of Miami School of Music

Master of Music (Jazz Composition/Afro-American Music), 1975

    New England Conservatory of Music

Bachelor of Arts (Music Theory), 1973

  Manchester College


University of La Verne since 1977. Professor of Music. Department Chr.(eighteen years). 

Jazz studies, Theory and composition, American musics, World music,

piano and synthesizer. La Verne, Ca.

Leiden University fall semester 2001.  Walt Whitman Chair of American Culture Studies. Fulbright Senior Scholar. Jazz History, American Music. Leiden, NL

Claremont McKenna College 1999-2008. Visiting Professor of Music.  20th century American Jazz Culture, Claremont,Ca. 

Utrechtse Hoogeschool voor de Kunsten (Conservatory) winter 1995.

Gastdocent (Guest lecturer). American music. Utrecht, NL

Universitat Innsbruck fall/winter semester 1991-2. Fulbright Senior Scholar.

American musics - Jazz history, Native American and African-American musics.

Institüt für Musikwissenschaft. Innsbruck, Austria.

Washington State University 1979-80. Visiting Assistant Professor of Music.

Director of Jazz Studies, composition, piano, theory.  Pullman, Washington.

University of Miami 1975-7. Theory, ear training, Rock Ensemble.  Coral Gables, Florida.

Past Students include: Herb Alpert, Bruce Hornsby, Andrew Ford (bass with Al Jarreau, Gladys Knight, CPR), Sandra Schwarzhaupt (soprano Salzburg-Mozart), Joe Bagg (jazz organist/pianist), Gayle Serdan (DMA jazz studies, jazz pianist), Giloh Morgan (writer, producer), Roberto Catalano (PhD ethnomusicology), RonaldMuldrow (jazz guitarist with Lou Rawls, Mulgrew Miller, Eddie Harris), J Michael O'Neal (pianist with Della Reese), Mike Bennett (downbeat magazine outstanding college drummer, drums/perc with Hilary Duff), Fan Zheming (Vice Pres./Prof Shenyang Conservatory of Music, China).


National Endowment for Humanities Summer Research Grant,1982.

National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Composition Grant, 1984.

Outstanding Young Men of America, 1979, 82.

Who's Who in the West,(US), 1987.

Who's Who in America, 1989.

Excellence in Teaching Award, University of La Verne, 1991.

Fulbright Senior Scholar, University of Innsbruck, 1991-2.

James Irvine Foundation, Diversity in Education Grant, 1997.

Walt Whitman Distinguished Chair of American Culture Studies, Fulbright Senior Scholar, Leiden University, The Netherlands, 2001.

Who's Who Among America's Teachers, 2002, 2004, & 2005.

University of La Verne Faculty Research Grant, 2007, 2010

La Verne Academy, University of La Verne, elected, 2009



Piano and synthesizers. See attached page of "Musicians with whom I have played"

Clinician, adjudicator and/or featured performer. University of Northern Colorado, Drake University, Fullerton College, Cal State Polytechnic Pomona, Yellowstone Jazz Camp, Pomona College, University of Idaho Lionel Hampton School of Music, Columbia River Basin College, Manchester College, Northwest College, Hemit High School, University of Alaska Fairbanks, University of Innsbruck, Hemet High School, Rim of the World High School, Univerisiteit Eindhoven, Universiteit Leiden.

Travel, study, performance. Mexico, 1979,86; West Africa, 1982, 87, 90  (Senegal, Gambia, Mali, Ivory Coast); East Africa, 1987 (Kenya); South Africa, 1994; England, 1970-1, since 87;  Soviet Union, 1989; Austria, 1991-2; The Netherlands, since 1991; Belgium, 1989, 94; Germany, 1994; Thailand, 1993; Malaysia, 1994; Boston, 1973-5; Miami,1975-7; Los Angeles, since 1977; Prague, 2002, 2007, 2009.



Tempodulu music, seventy jazz pieces; three choral works; five compositions for solo piano; double concerto for guitar, oboe and orchestra; since 1977.

Avon-on-the-Lake, recorded on the album, Pangea, 1984

Ears, Heart, & Hands , an album of nine pieces recorded in 1990

Reed Gratz Band, an album of eight pieces recorded in 1991

Travelogue, CD of ten original pieces, jazz quartet, 1992.

Approaching Simone, fifteen songs for the play, Approaching Simone, Megan Terry 1996.

Below Sealevel, CD of twelve original pieces, jazz quintet, released in 1999. BMI

Reed Gratz Piano, CD of piano improvisations on original and traditional songs, 2000.  BMI

Full Moon, CD of seven jazz quartet songs, in a live performance, 2001.

Historical Perspective, The Lydian Chromatic Concept, vol II, by George Russell, 2001

View From the South, CD of nine jazz trio songs, in a live performance, 2002. BMI

Reed Gratz Band Featuring Michael O'Neill, CD of nine original compositions, 2003. BMI

Reed Gratz Piano 2, CD of piano improvisations on original and traditional songs, 2004. BMI

Music History & Appreciation, a college textbook in use for 10 years, in publication development

Reed Gratz Band ~ Quaadrille, CD of eight original pieces, quartet, released 2008.

New Music for Quartet – nine composition for jazz quartet, to be released 2010.



American Federation of Musicians

College Music Society (Life Member)

American Jazz Institute (Board of Directors with Mark Masters, Lee Konitz, Mort Sahl)

Fulbright Association Alumni (91-92; 01-02) member

City of Pomona, CA Cultural Arts Commissioner, 2007-8

Mu Phi Epsilon faculty advisor, University of La Verne Zeta Delta Chapter

Athletics, Travel,  Newspapers,  Indonesian food, Dogs,  European football., History, Netherlands language, all sorts of Music.