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Eric Scott Reed (June 21, 1970) is an American jazz pianist and composer.
His group Black Note published several albums in the 90s.
Reed was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He began playing the piano at the age of two, played the piano at his father’s church, which was a pastor, at the age of five and at the age of seven he began his formal study at the Settlement Music School in Philadelphia. At the age of 11, his family moved to Los Angeles and studied at the Colburn School of Arts. In May 1986, at the Colburn School, Reed met Wynton Marsalis, a meeting that helps him in his career. At the age of 18 during a year of college at California State University, Northridge, Reed briefly toured with Marsalis. He joined Marsalis’ septet a year later and worked with him from 1990 to 1991 and again from 1992 to 1995. In 1991-1992 he worked with Joe Henderson and Freddie Hubbard. He later worked with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra for two years (1996-1998) and left to start as a leader of his own group in 1999.
In addition to his work with Marsalis, Reed has worked with jazz musicians such as Irvin Mayfield, Cassandra Wilson, Mary Stallings, Clark Terry, Dianne Reeves, Elvin Jones, Ron Carter, Paula West and Benny Carter. In 2010 he joins Christian McBride in his combo “Inside Straight”, which produced the album Kinda ‘Brown.
Reed has also worked as a composer, creating music for films, including the comedy Life, starring Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence.
Three of his albums have entered the Billboard Jazz Album Top: in 1995 The Swing and I (No. 22); in 1998 Pure Imagination (No. 8); and in 1999 Manhattan Melodies (No. 21).
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