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Damion Reid


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Damion Reid was born June 16th 1979 in West Covina, California, a city east of Los Angeles.

It wasn't long before he found himself with a stick in each hand and legs barely long enough to hit a pedal. With the untamed mind of a child blessed with such a creative environment to develop Damion almost immediately showed signs of a uniquely prodigious nature. By the age of three, Damion was already playing in church, instilling form, structure and, morality to his already artistic character. In the years that followed, he did all the things that a child should do, school, sports, video games, etc….. It was always to the drums that he returned each time with a growing passion. He would soon realize his true calling in life: It was around the age of twelve that Damion began an almost father/son like musical and personal relationship with the world-renowned drummer Billy Higgins. During these formative years Billy's spirit for life and music was deeply seeded in Damion's fertile mind. Seeing Damion's ability to grasp the music both analytically and conceptually it wasn't long before Billy invited him to be apart of his drum collective. As he began to mature musically he found himself frequenting Billy's club The World Stage, learning and playing with the likes of Billy Childs, George Bohanon, and Oscar Brashear.

Damion graduated High School and made the move to Boston, Massachusetts New England Conservatory of Music where he spent time with Bob Moses, Danilo Perez, Fred Buda, and George Garzone . It was while in Boston between the years of 1998 and 1999 that he received the prestigious Alan Dawson scholarship. The next few years found Damion in a whirlwind of awards, honors and, merits. Damion moved back to Los Angeles to be a part of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz at University of Southern California. Before returning to the east coast to give institutionalized art one more shot, he decided to stay in Los Angeles to spend more time under the wing of Billy while at the same time branching out to others. Shortly before leaving Los Angeles he recorded an album entitled "Unrehurst" with Robert Hurst and Robert Glasper. The summer of 2001 he found himself trekking to New York City for a short fling with The New School. While the school itself wasn't exactly right for him it was there he formed meaningful relationships with his up and coming peers including Marcus Strickland, Robert Glasper, Brandon Owens, Igor Lumpert, Jonathan Finlayson and, Leron Thomas. He then began performing and touring alongside Greg Osby, Terence Blanchard, Laurent Coq, Jacky Terrasson, Ravi Coltrane, Reggie Workman, Mark Shim, Meshell Ndegeocello and Jason Moran.

Firehouse 12 Performances

Jonathan Finlayson's Sicilian Defense Friday, December 5, 2014, 10:00p
Steve Lehman Trio Friday, April 13, 2012, 10:00p
Rudresh Mahanthappa : Samdhi Friday, November 4, 2011, 10:00p
Steve Lehman Trio Friday, October 9, 2009, 10:00p

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