Mike Reed taps one half of his brain to play drums in the jazz ensemble People, Places & Things; the other half he devotes to booking bands for some of the summer’s top festivals, including Pitchfork and the Chicago Jazz Festival. Chicago asked the 38-year-old what’s capturing his attention right now.
WHAT I’M LISTENING TO NOW
Sandro Perri. At moments it’s Tropicalia, at other moments post-rock. I really like this local band Outer Minds. They’re like what happened in ’66 with the Mamas and the Papas, but it’s kind of garage-y. Old Eubie Blake, mostly him playing ragtime and stride piano kinds of things.
LATEST IPOD PLAYLIST
The Beau Brummels
“Dancing in the Moonlight”
Jackie DeShannon and the Byrds
“Splendor in the Grass”
“Duke of Earl”
Diana Ross and the Supremes
“Come See About Me”
INTERNATIONAL FESTIVALS I DRAW INSPIRATION FROM
Jazz em Augusto in Lisbon in August, the Middelheim in Antwerp in August, Moers Festival in Germany in May, and Saalfelden in Austria in August. At Saalfelden, Reed says, “you feel like you’re in Sundance for free jazz.”
MUSICIANS TO WATCH
He’s a bass clarinet player. I really enjoyed his last record.
A classy guy and a great trumpet player.
FAVORITE CHICAGO HANGOUTS
Le Bouchon for lunch; Lao Sze Chuan for dinner; Hungry Brain, the Hideout, and Maude’s after-hours
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