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Cornwall Manor Concert Series

Feb. 24, 2017

The third concert in the Cornwall Manor Concert Series will feature husband and wife duo Spencer and Nancy Reed and be held on Friday, February 24, 2017 at 7:30 PM in Freeman Auditorium (second floor of the Freeman Community Center). Tickets are $10/person (if you do not have a Concert Series Season Ticket) and can be purchased at the door the evening of the concert.

Nancy and Spencer Reed’s unique brand of vocal and instrumental styling has been enjoyed by audiences for over 30 years. Their forte is their vocal blend, with tight yet natural phrasing and unusual harmony. Both grew up in New York City and started their musical collaboration as teenagers in the Bronx. They were influenced by the classic performances of Lambert, Hendricks and Ross, Carmen McRae and Jackie and Roy.

Their audience is always treated to a warm, relaxed vibe yet the music is swinging and intense. They offer an unusual selection of rarely heard tunes punctuated by unique treatments of jazz standards.

Vocalist and bassist Nancy Reed was born in Brooklyn to Marcus Wilbun, a jazz and classical pianist who sat in at the historic Minton’s jam sessions in Harlem in the 1940’s and Lillie Wilbun, who sang opera.

Nancy has performed for the last thirty five years in a wide variety of settings. Artistically consistent and always the consummate professional, Nancy has performed in Japan with the Nancy Reed Jazz Show, Mexico’s Cancun Jazz Festival with the Nancy and Spencer Reed Sextet, has over thirty annual appearances at the Delaware Water Gap Celebration of the Arts Jazz Festival and performed at countless private and club engagements in northeast Pennsylvania where she resides.

Ms. Reed’s most adventurous project to date is the recording, Neighbors, a collaboration with reknown saxophonist David Liebman. This critically acclaimed album features Phil Markowitz on piano, drummer Bill Goodwin and bassist Steve Gilmore (the latter two from the Phil Woods Quartet).

Spencer Reed, guitarist and vocalist, joined the Soul Distributers in 1972 and played a circuit of social clubs and private dances in Harlem and the South Bronx. Then at age 19, he became guitarist for the Chris Towns Unlimited, performing in uptown night clubs and at the Brown Sugar on 50th St. and 8th Ave. This group contained some great and experienced musicians. Jimmy Lewis, bass player with Count Basie and legendary drummer Charles Honeyboy Otis were extremely generous of spirit and took on a mentoring role in Spencer’s life and career. This experience included recording along side guitarist Cornell Dupree and going on the road for the first time.

Spencer toured with the USO throughout the Caribbean and Panama and after freelancing in New York settled in the Pocono Mts. of Pennsylvania where he resides and works often with his wife, singer and bassist Nancy Reed.

He performs often at the Deer Head Inn in Delaware Water Gap, a jazz landmark.

For more information on Cornwall Manor’s Concert Series, please click here.