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The Eddie Reed Swing Quintet reminds audiences of all ages that traditional swing from the '30s to the '50s is alive and prospering in nightclubs and cabarets across the country. The band, which performs a full range of big hits and rare pieces found only on gramophone records, is marked by its energy and high quality musicianship. The band recently opened for Ray Charles at the Long Beach Convention Center. Dont forget to mark you calendars, this is a band you have to see.

Eddie Reed, the group's crooner and band leader, plays guitar, piano, and clarinet. At 38, he has developed one of the country's leading swing quintets, featuring members who harness the spirit of their youth to deliver a vibrant and titillating range of songs, from upbeat dance numbers to dreamy-eyed ballads. Eddie began his career at age 9, propelled into the music business by his father, famous opera-singer Clayton Ivey. Before making his transition to swing, Eddie was a rock-a-billy artist, recording with The Bluehearts for Capitol Records. He later recorded and toured with rock-a-billy great Lee Allen. Eddie has also shared the stage with such notables as the Inkspots, James Harman, The Mighty Flyers, The Blasters, Paladins and The Red Devils. As a swing musician, he has performed with Anita O'Day, Artie Shaw and Helen Forrest.

Trumpeter Kye Palmer has played both the lead and jazz solos as a former member of the Woody Herman Orchestra and the Disneyland Big Band. He has played with numerous big bands including those led by Bill Waltrous, Bill Holman, Shorty Rogers, Louis Bellson and Vince Mendoza. Kye is the featured artist on Mark Master's Silver Threads Among the Blues recording and Stan Kenton's 50th Anniversary Celebration among others. His video recording experience includes a performance with Ray Charles. Kye has also performed backup on show for well- known artists, including Johnny Mathis, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Bob Hope, George Burns, Marilyn McCoo and Mitzi Gaynor.

Drummer Paul Lines started touring Denmark, Sweden and Montreaux as a teen. He has since developed a versatile background, with gigs ranging from blues great Roy "Guitar" Gaines to bop legend Teddy Edwards. Paul recorded and toured with Tupelo Chain Six, an alternative band that was popular in the mid- to late-'80s. He is also well-known for his extensive performances in Asia, Europe and Canada, as well as throughout the U.S.

Bass player Barry Cogert has performed with several jazz artists including drumming great Louis Belson, Bobby McFerrin, Ron Eschete, Gerald Wiggins. David Foster and Roger Williams. He studied with John Clayton for eight years and has performed at the Montreaux and North Sea Jazz Festivals.

Piano player Quinn Johnson has toured and recorded with a number of Latin Jazz and Salsa artists, including Salsa great Tito Gomez and AlvarroTorres. Originally from Northern California, Quinn has been hitting the L.A. jazz scene for six years, playing with the talents such as contemporary jazz performers Sonja Jason and Jeff Kashiwa. He has also worked with the Techno band Ishan and continues to go in-studio with an assortment of Latin Jazz artists, including Brazilian songstress Ana Gazzola.

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