Clyde Reed’s 80th Birthday Celebration at 8EAST

Clyde Reed’s 80th Birthday Celebration at 8EAST

Sunday November 20 3 - 9pm

at 8EAST, 8 East Pender Street

Come celebrate with us!

From Clyde:

‘On Nov. 20, 2022, I am privileged to make-music yet again with some of the brilliant musical collaborators who are part of Vancouver’s vibrant creative music scene.

When I moved to Vancouver in 1972, improvised music was an important part of my life, and I was serious about playing the bass in this context. Within a relatively short period of time I met Ken Pickering, who subsequently recommended me to Gregg Simpson for a gig with the Sunship Ensemble. This turned out to be life changing. Through Gregg, I started playing and hanging out with a number of Vancouver improvisors including Paul Plimley, Lisle Ellis, Paul Cram, and Ralph Eppel. Along with Gregg, these were the original founders of New Orchestra Workshop. My connection with NOW has remained strong through the years and improvised music remains a central part of my existence.

So many great gigs and close friendships. Feeling love and gratitude.’




3:00 Jarred Burrows, Bill Clark, Kenton Loewen, Clyde Reed
3:30 Nikita Carter, Clyde Reed
4:00 Ion Zoo - Carol Sawyer, Steve Bagnell, Lisa Cay Miller, Clyde Reed

5:00 Peggy Lee, Viviane Houle, Clyde Reed
5:30 Gregg Simpson, James Meger, Nikita Carter, Clyde Reed
6:00 Lisa Cay Miller, Jesus Caballero, Clyde Reed

7:00 Feven Kidane, Adrian Avendaño, Clyde Reed
7:30 Raymon Torchinsky, Bruce Freedman, Kenton Loewen, Clyde Reed
8:00 We Celebrate! Light refreshments and food. Cash bar.

Masks recommended. Open windows and door, HEPA air purifiers

Entry by donation. Free/$10/$20/xx
100% collected will be donated to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank

Clyde Reed (Double Bass)

Clyde Reed is a creative music bass pillar of the Vancouver improvised music scene. He is one of the foundering members of the NOW Orchestra and has performed with Barry Guy, Leo Smith, George Lewis, Bobby Bradford, Vinny Golia, Peter Brotzmann and many leading Canadian musicians. He has performed at the Vancouver Jazz Festival, Toronto Jazz Festival, Ottawa Jazz Festival, Chicago Jazz Festival, Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville, Penofin Jazz Festival (California), Bumber Shoot Festival (Seattle), Earshot Jazz Festival (Seattle), Berlin Jazz Festival and the Lisbon Jazz Festival.

Clyde’s early musical training was in classical piano. In 6th grade he began a jazz drumming phase that continued through high school. During that time he performed in coffee houses in Portland, Oregon. Motivated in part by the angst of graduate school in Economics, he returned to piano in university, studying jazz piano and theory with Jerry Gray at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle. His bass studies began around 1970 with classical teachers Ron Simon (Seattle Symphony), Milan Hurt (Vancouver Symphony) and Peter Rofe  Los Angeles Symphony). Clyde has participated in master classes with jazz greats Ray Brown, Charlie Haden, Gary Peacock, and Dave Holland.

Clyde's long-term musical collaborators include Bobby Bradford, Rob Blakeslee, Jared Burrows, Nikita Carter, Bruce Freedman, Vinny Golia, Rich Halley, Viviane Houle, Feven Kidane, Peggy Lee, Kenton Loewen, George Lewis, Lisa Cay Miller, Paul Plimley, Claude Ranger, Dylan van der Schyff, Ron Samworth, Carol Sawyer, Gregg Simpson, Stan Taylor, Marianne Trudel, Michael Vlatkovich, and poets Kate Braid and Daniella Elza.

Clyde has been a faculty member in the department of economics at Simon Fraser University from 1972 and currently holds the position of Professor Emeritus. He received his PhD in economics from the  University of Washington (1972) where he wrote his dissertation under Nobel Prize winning economist Douglass North. In 2018 Clyde was a visiting scholar in the economics department at Harvard University. In 2019 he was a visiting research fellow in the Institute of Advanced Studies at University College London. Clyde has combined his economic and musical lives in the 2016 article (co-authored with Jared Burrows) “Free improvisation as a path dependent process,” in George E. Lewis and Benjamin Piekut, eds., Oxford Handbook of Critical Improvisation Studies, Volume 1, Oxford University Press, 396-418. Clyde’s most recent publication in economics (co-authored with Gregory Dow) is the book Economic Prehistory: six transitions that shaped the world, forthcoming, Cambridge University Press, 2022.





Pender and Carrall Streets