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University of Colorado Denver

College of Arts & Media

Todd Reid

Music & Entertainment Industry Studies Department

Todd Reid has been active as a jazz musician since childhood, sitting in with jazz groups beginning at age nine. After graduating from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music with both a Bachelor of Music in Jazz & Commercial Music (1983) and a Masters of Music in Percussion (1986), Todd moved to New York City, where he worked with such jazz artists as Gerry Mulligan, Dr. Billy Taylor, Jim McNeely, “Big Nick” Nicholas, Bucky Pizzarelli, Mike Richmond, vocalist Marlene VerPlank and numerous others.

In 1992, Todd moved to Denver, CO and settled into the jazz scene, having worked in the house band at Denver's famed El Chapultepec, appearing regularly at Dazzle and Nocturne (and other jazz venues) and performing/recording with such jazz artists as Jon Hendricks, Mose Allison, Freddie Cole, Bob Dorough, Howard Levy, Eddie Daniels, David “Fathead” Newman, Richie Cole, Lew Tabackin, Curtis Fuller, Charles McPherson, Eddie Harris, Nick Brignola, Rickey Woodard, Teddy Edwards, Red Holloway, Terrell Stafford, Bobby Shew, Carl Saunders, Javon Jackson, and a host of others. 

Todd is currently the Percussion Area Coordinator at the University of Colorado Denver teaching drumset, coaching Mobile Device, Electro/Acoustic & Jazz Trio ensembles and teaching History of Jazz and Music Appreciation in the Music & Entertainment Industry Studies program. He is a Vic Firth and Aquarian educational endorser and is in demand as a clinician/performer in the U.S. and Europe.​