Thomas Reed Presents Recital of Clarinet Favorites and Saxophone Jazz Selections

Thomas Reed Presents Recital of Clarinet Favorites and Saxophone Jazz Selections

10/18/13 ASHLAND, Ohio - Ashland University Department of Music presents a faculty recital by Thomas Reed, professor of music and Music Department chair, and pianist Susan Gregg on Thursday, Oct. 31, at 7:30 p.m. in the Elizabeth Pastor Recital Hall located down the hall from Hugo Young Theatre in the Center for the Arts. The concert is free and open to the public.

The recital begins with Dr. Reed on clarinet performing pieces including one of Witold Lutoslawski's most popular works Dance Preludes, which is based on Polish folk dances, and Camille St. Saens' cherished Sonate for Clarinet. After a brief intermission, Dr. Reed will switch to the saxophone for jazz selections with Lanny Gooding, piano; Paul Martin, bass; Rich Moore, drums; Scott Garlock, trombone; and Amanda Bekeny, trumpet. Music may include “Nica's Dream,” “The Nearness of You,” “Samba de Orfeu,” “Too Close for Comfort,” “4:30 Blues,” and “Jumpin' at the Woodside.”

Dr. Reed joined the Ashland University faculty in 1986. He is a member of the Akron Symphony and Ashland Symphony, was a long-time member of the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, and has performed on clarinet or saxophone with the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Blossom Festival Orchestra, Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra, Dayton Philharmonic, Youngstown Symphony, Blossom Festival Band and the Jazz Unit. He has been soloist with the Akron, Mansfield and Ashland symphonies and performs on recordings from the Akron Symphony, Cleveland Chamber Symphony, Cleveland Jazz Orchestra and the Paul Ferguson Jazz Orchestra. His clarinet CD “Mutually Inclusive” was released in 2008 on Capstone Records. He is also a founding member of IRON TOYS, a woodwind quartet that performs original repertoire for saxophones, clarinets and flutes. He holds degrees from The Ohio State University, the University of Michigan and the University of Akron.

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Ashland University, which has been ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University ( values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students. ###