2018 Women’s Jazz
Kate Reid is associate professor of jazz voice in the Studio Music and Jazz department and Director of the Jazz Vocal Performance program at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. Besides overseeing all aspects the Jazz Vocal Performance program, Professor Reid directs two of the Frost’s three DownBeat and Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival award-winning jazz vocal ensembles, FROST Extensions and FROST Jazz Vocal I. Dr. Reid also teaches jazz improvisation, sight-singing, music theory and maintains a full jazz voice studio of undergraduate and graduate students. Dr. Reid enjoys a full career as a guest artist, conductor, clinician and adjudicator at all-state jazz and choral festivals through the United States and Canada including the Sacramento State Jazz Festival, Illinois Wesleyan University Jazz Festival, Alberta Choral Festival, Ontario Vocal Festival, Reno Jazz Festival, Eastern Washington University Jazz Festival, Minnesota State University Moorhead, Millikin University Vocal Jazz Festival, Northern Arizona University Mad/Jazz Fest, the Rocky Mountain Music Festival at Banff and the vocal jazz festivals in California at Cuesta College, MiraCosta College, Fullerton College and with Manhattan Concert Productions Jazz Series. Dr. Reid has also conducted the California, New York and New Hampshire All-State jazz choirs. Before joining the faculty at the FROST School of Music, Dr. Reid was Professor of Music and Director of Vocal Jazz at Cypress College in Cypress, California for 11 years. While living in southern California, Dr. Reid appeared regularly with her quartet at jazz venues all over the Los Angeles area. She has worked with many of the great jazz musicians in southern California including guitarists Ron Eschete, Larry Koonse and Bruce Forman, drummers Roy McCurdy and Jamey Tate. Dr. Reid’s CD The Love I’m In (2012), features tenor saxophonist Ernie Watts and pianist Otmaro Ruiz. Like her release, Sentimental Mood (2008), The Love I’m In features tunes from the American songbook and received extensive airplay on jazz radio stations throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe and South Africa. Throughout her career, Dr. Reid has worked with many noted artists including John Clayton, Robin Eubanks, Jon Hendricks, Grady Tate,
Mercer Ellington, Don Shelton, Mark Murphy, the Duke Ellington Orchestra, Liza Minelli, Mark Murphy, Rosemary Clooney, Dianne Schurr and Dr. Billy Taylor.
Dr. Reid’s multi-faceted career includes work as a studio/session singer in Los Angeles.
Her film credits include Planes, Star Trek Into Darkness, Oz-The Great and Powerful,
Epic and Men In Black III featuring the music of composers Danny Elfman, Michael
Giacchino, John Powell and Joel McNeely. She has lent her voice to network television
series, commercial spots for Ace Hardware, T-Mobile, Suntory Whiskey and backing
vocals for artists MUSE, X Japan and Josh Groban.
Along with teaching at the FROST School of Music in the Studio Music and Jazz
department, Professor Reid continues to perform, record and teach in southern
California, throughout the U.S. and Europe. Dr. Reid earned a B.M. in Jazz Studies from
Western Michigan University, a M.M. and D.M.A. in Jazz Vocal Performance from the
University of Miami.