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Fonds F0127 - John Reid fonds.

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John Reid fonds.


  • 1981-200-? (Creation)

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4.13 m of textual records.

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Canadian musician (saxaphones, flute, clarinet, percussion and vocals) and composer, John Reid is Prairie Regional Director of the Canadian Music Centre in Calgary, Alberta, and President, John Reid Music/John Reid Productions. Host of jazz radio program which ran consecutively from April 1981 to September 1991 on CJAY 92FM (Calgary, Alberta). Completed his Bachelor of Music at the University of Calgary in 1979; currently a masters degree candidate at Rutgers, the state university of New Jersey. Teaches jazz history as a sessional instructor at the University of Calgary as well as a course on "The African effect in music". Founder and past chairman of the Calgary International Jazz Festival and founding secretary and past president of the Jazz Calgary Society. Reid has accompanied and played with many artists in his career including Diana Krall, Tom Jones, Della Reese, Rosemary Clooney, Rich Little, Gino Vanelli, Tommy Banks, Dizzy Gillespie, Bob Murphy, Brad Shigeta, Jamie Parker, Phil Nimmons and Misako Kano. Premiered a new work for solo tenor saxaphone (Improvisation No.1) for the New Works Calgary Society in 1991; released his own CD of original compositions and jazz standards in 1993 called Island Shuffle. He has been an adjudicator for the Juno Awards, the Alcan Jazz Competition, the Prairie Music Awards and the Alberta Foundation for the Arts and has performed for Governor General Adrienne Clarkson, Lieutenant-Governor Lois Hole, and Prime Ministers John Diefenbaker and Pierre Trudeau. Reid has been leading his own jazz groups since 1974; his current group, The John Reid Quartet, has performed for jazz societies in Edmonton, Saskatoon, Regina and Medicine Hat and jazz festivals in Calgary, Edmonton and Kaslo, British Columbia, as well as at the Havana (Cuba) International Jazz Festival in 2002. He is also involved with the Afro-Cuban-Latin-Jazz-Salsa-Funk band Caravan and the Gospel-Jazz project with pianist/singer Guy Plecash and singer Marie Bridge-Digney of Central United Church in Calgary, Alberta.

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Donated by John Reid in 1998 and 2005.

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Fonds consists of radio scripts for CJAY 92FM jazz program Jazz Space (April 3, 1981 - March 8, 1987) and Jazz Spectrum (March 15, 1987 - September 1, 1991). Also includes ten notebooks with notes on jazz recording albums considered for review in J. Reid's column in Calgary Sun newspaper as well as several record catalogues.

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Text in English.

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File level inventory for Accession 632/98.8 available at repository.

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