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About Me

John Reid (saxophone, flute, clarinet, percussion, vocals, composer, arts administrator, university instructor, writer, concert presenter) has been leading his own jazz groups since 1974, when (at the encouragement of instructors Phil Nimmons and Oscar Peterson) he formed a quartet at the inaugural Banff Centre Jazz Workshop to make a Jazz Radio Canada broadcast, the first of many CBC broadcast recordings over the years.

Testimonials & Reviews

“Reid is a talented multi-instrumentalist heard on tenor and soprano saxophones and flute…keeping the solos melodic, concise and straight to the point. His tone is clear, warm and personable.”
The Jazz Report
Island Shuffle CD review
“The Calgarian jazz man coaxes some especially nice sounds from his tenor — brash during Blues for Stuart, breathy in My Romance, and reminiscent of (Stan) Getz during the swirling Coral.”
Ross McLennan
Winnipeg Sun
“Local openers (for Mel Tormé at Jack Singer Concert Hall) the John Reid Quartet performed a fluid, melodic, muscular set that featured solid rhythmic foundations and the supple tonality of Reid’s sax and flute work.”
Richard Wagamese
Calgary Herald