from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A player of reeds, especially a jazz saxophonist or jazz clarinetist.

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  • noun Someone who plays a reed instrument.


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  • The orchestra, led by the duo of drummer Mel Lewis and trumpeter Thad Jones, as well as the one led by pianist Toshiko Akiyoshi and reedman Lew Tabackin, each incorporated into their music the harmonic advancements favored by more intimate combos.

    Big-Band Sounds—Of the 1970s

  • He said the group—which included saxophonist Ted Nash, who played in the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, and Michael Blake, a reedman in the leading downtown band the Lounge Lizards—was a response to a fracture in the jazz scene between experimental clubs downtown and conservative institutions uptown.

    New Comfort Under the Covers

  • Just down the street at Sista's Place, on Nostrand Avenue, reedman James Spaulding—who played on Hubbard's "Night of the Cookers" recording—was closing his first set with his quartet in front of a full house of fans ranging from tweens to seniors.

    Kind of New

  • The excellent young pianist Aaron Diehl and Jazz at Lincoln Center reedman Victor Goines (both Juilliard men) will also play, and former Manhattan Transfer-ite Laurel Mass will sing Ms. Williams's blues and pop songs.

    Looking Back, Looking Forward

  • For a quarter century beginning in the mid-1970s, reedman and composer Henry Threadgill was a dominant force on the jazz and contemporary-classical music scenes.

    A Jazz Man With His Own Vocabulary

  • In the early 1990s, Karl Denson, a notable reedman who's worked with Jack DeJohnette, Dave Holland and Lenny Kravitz, co-founded the Greyboy Allstars, a formidable, still-active funk-jazz unit.

    An Infusion of Fusion to Start 2011

  • At Dizzy's, "The Coca-Cola Generations in Jazz Festival" gets underway with a week-long salute to Satchmo, led by versatile reedman Victor Goines and featuring a fellow New Orleans trumpeter, James Andrews, and emerging pianist Aaron Diehl.

    Legends of the Fall

  • Violinist Mat Maneri is as wonderfully nonconformist as was his father, the composer and reedman Joe Maneri.

    Families That Play Together . . .

  • A gift from my dear, dear Belgian friend Don Wimble van Vierenvijftig....wait until the end for the mandolin solo and where the reedman goes all Roland Kirk and all.

    Archive 2009-02-01

  • The key early figures in the development of the Chicago avant-garde -- pianist Muhal Richard Abrams, saxophonist Fred Anderson, reedman Anthony Braxton and the members of the group the Art Ensemble of Chicago -- tended toward a quieter, more contemplative sound than the raucous dissonance often heard in New York avant-garde jazz circles, and they started The Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians.

    Chicago's Avant-Garde Musicians


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