Berklee Percussion FestivalCaribbean Jazz Opening Concert Ron Reid and Band
Ron Reid and Band with an introduction by John Ramsay and Yoron Israel. Ron Reid is multi-instrumental artist with an overwhelming passion for creating music, especially music that celebrates his rich Caribbean heritage. This Trinidadian-born bassist, steel drummer, and composer/educator has for the past 30 years has been a standard-bearer for improvisational Caribbean music. Reid began his career as a bassist in the late Lord Kitchener’s Calypso Revue Tent in 1978 and has recorded and performed with an honor roll of calypso and soca artists, including the Mighty Sparrow, Shadow, Lord Relator, Ella Andall, and David Rudder. He has also composed music for several television programs in Trinidad and Tobago including Who the Cap Fits, Morral, Caribbean Eye, The Dish Ran Away with the Spoon, and most notably the theme for Gayelle TV. He has also been musical director for the Trinidad Theatre Workshop’s productions of Derek Walcott’s Joker of Seville, and Dream on Monkey Mountain as well as a performer for the production premiere of Steel at Boston’s Hasty Pudding Theatre.
His steelpan infused sextet Sunsteel performs an eclectic mix of Trinidadian folk, afro-Caribbean, and jazz compositions and includes some of Boston’s finest musicians. Reid shares his pan playing talents with David Williams’ J’ouvert and Calabash of Toronto, Canada, and as a steel drummer has recorded with diverse artists as Myanna, Grace Kelly, and Bill Harley. As a jazz bassist, Reid has performed with Randy Weston, Carmen Lundy, Lenora Helm, and Antonio Hart.
An associate professor of contemporary writing and production at Berklee, Reid teaches several arranging classes as well as steelpan and Afro-pop ensembles.