Drummer Jake Reed hails from one of the most famous places for jazz Kansas City. He began his studies of drums and percussion at age ten. He earned his undergraduate degree at Cincinnati College-Conservatory, studying with John Von Ohlen, Mark Wolfley, Rusty Burge, and Art Gore. In 2006 he was selected to attend the Henry Mancini Institute, where he studied with Vince Mendoza, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, and legendary Count Basie drummer Harold Jones. He is currently pursuing his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at The USC Thornton School of Music, studying and working with the renowned drummer Peter Erskine. Jake was the recipient of the prestigious Louie Bellson Scholarship at USC for 2010 and 2011.
In addition to his academic studies, Jake is a busy professional musician based in Los Angeles. He performs regularly with guitarist Bruce Forman, and Grammy winners Bill Cunliffe, and The Bill Holman Big Band. He has also been heard with Les McCann, Freda Payne, Bob Mintzer, Kristin Korb, The Vibrometers, and The Johnny Crawford Orchestra. He has performed at both the Monterey Dixieland Festival and The Monterey Jazz Festival. Jake has toured New Zealand with guitarist Bruce Forman’s western swing/bebop group Cow Bop.