Born and raised in Chicago, Jimmy Reid new his passion for music early, beginning piano at age 6 and picking up the sax by 10. Upon graduation for High School, Reid headed west to Los Angeles where he continued to pursue his dreams of making it in the music biz !
THE FOSTER EFFECT….
At the end of a long day in the studio doing an AOL Sessions project with Josh Groban, U.S.C. classmate and then musical director for Groban, Zac Provost, invited Jimmy to swing by the studio to meet legendary producer, David Foster. Reid played for the famed producer, a cover recording of Brian McKnight’s “One Last Cry” featuring him on sax and Zac on piano, and Foster became an instant fan. Foster hired Reid to do the musical contracting for a batch of promotional dates centered around Michael Buble’s debut CD (both live concerts and appearances on MTV, Extra And Entertainment Tonight). He then signed Reid on as musical director with another of his young protégées, teen jazz singer Renee Olstead. In 2004, the saxman participated in the Foster produced Celebrity Fight Night charity event with Muhammad Ali, performing with The Phoenix Symphony, Celine Dion, Brian McKnight And Eric Benet. Most recently, Jimmy received a quite unexpected email invitation from David Foster to join in on his Los Angeles “David Foster And Friends” tour date at the Gibson Amphitheater, November 5, 2009…. just hours before the show- On his way to sound check, Reid brushed up on the love theme from “St. Elmos Fire”, and the classic sax solo from Natalie Cole’s “Unforgettable”.
Jimmy began 2010 with a truly historical week in Tokyo At The Blue Note with Rufus and the Legendary Sly Stone! JImmy continues to work as a composer for a variety of projects in film and television, and as a saxophonist , recording and performing for various recording artists in Los Angeles and around the globe.