Singer Nancy Reed has good musical genes. Her father was a jazz pianist and her mother an opera singer. Her first professional gig was at the age of 19 recording at the A& R studios in N.Y.C.. Over the years, she has performed at jazz festivals and concerts with such luminaries as Phil Woods, Slide Hampton, and David "Fathead" Newman. 1993 saw Reed working with singer Stephanie Nakasian on Nakasian's album Bitter Sweet. In 1996, Reed was on Bob Dorough's CD, This Is a Recording. In the same year, she recorded with her husband-guitarist, Spencer Reed, leading to the aptly named CD, Together. She joined the David Leonhardt Jazz Group in 1997 and she tours regularly with them throughout the United States. Their maiden album, A Time for Love, was released in 1998 and a second album, released in May of 1999, is devoted to music for tap dancing, called Swingin' Tappin' and Jammin'. Like the singers she cites as major influences, Sarah Vaughan and Shirley Horn, Reed's voice is defined by its lovely tone and excellent pitch. She can swing and sing ballads with equal aplomb. Reed is a regular performer at venues throughout the Poconos in Pennsylvania, as well in Mexico and Japan.
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