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Eric Scott Reed, 21 June 1970, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Pianist Reed began his life in music when he was two years old with an interest in the drums. He gravitated to the piano and began formal lessons at five, eventually studying with influential teacher Vernon Lathon. Memorable influences at this time included the music that Reed heard in church, including pianists Shirley Easley and Sadie Armstrong, and other family members including his father who sang and a brother who played guitar. It was also the sounds of recordings such as Art Blakeys At The Café Bohemia, Ramsey Lewis Sound Of Christmas and Dave Brubecks Time Further Out that spurred Reed into pursuing a career as a jazz musician. He moved to Los Angeles, California with his family at 11 years old. He later attended the R.D. Colburn School Of Performing Arts from 1982-86, studying with teacher Jeff Lavner. An impressive meeting with Wynton Marsalis lead to a long...