Band Bios Kim Reith Guitarist, composer Began studying the guitar in 1985, with a background in art and writing. Studied guitar privately with San Francisco jazz guitarists Marlena Teich and Duncan James, and with LA/San Diego jazz guitarist Art Johnson. Spent many years in independent study. Reith has been composing jazz works for small and large ensembles since 1993, formally studying jazz theory, composing and arranging under Rick Helzer at SDSU 1979: Backup vocalist in an all-women's blues and gospel chorale for San Francisco blues pianist, singer/songwriter and recording artist Gwen Avery. 1985 -1987: Guitarist, singer and songwriter for experimental SF punk-rock trio, the Well Babies. 1987: Began focussing exclusively on jazz studies. 1992: Supported herself by playing solo jazz guitar on the streets of Paris. 1993: Duo explorations and San Diego performances with avant-garde Canadian saxophonist Maury Coles. Also performed with the UCSD Big Band under Jimmie Cheatham's direction. Reith formed the duo Groove Yard and the Kim Reith Trio in 1994, performing extensively with both groups throughout San Diego between 1994 and 2000. Her first album 'BAIL!' was released in May 2002. It was recorded in late 1999 to document her compositions and ensemble work with San Diego bassist Bruce Grafrath. Since, Reith has collaborated with Bronx-born Swiss resident Edmund J. Wood, on a series of experimental open improvisations, featuring Reith on hollow-body electric guitar and Wood on fretless bass and implied-time, 126-beat drum loops. Kim Reith now lives and performs in the LA area. The LA-based Kim Reith Trio members now include fretless bassist Dan Krimm and drummer Steve Sykes. Reith also performs solo. Bruce Grafrath Bassist Began playing music at age of 11. Experimented with keyboard instruments and studied clarinet briefly in grade school. At age 12, guitar became his primary instrument. 1987: Began studying electric bass. 1990: Switched to upright, studying with Gunnar Biggs. Grafrath is largely a self-taught musician. His acute ear and intonation, melodic solo lines, and responsive sensitivity to other players makes him a greatly sought-after bassist in San Diego's jazz community. Has shared the stage with Mike Wofford, Holly Hoffman, both Charles McPherson and his drummer son Chuck McPherson, and plays frequently with saxophonist Joe Marillo. Grafrath and Reith have played numerous gigs together, and began their musical association in 1994. Kevin Green Drummer Began playing music at age of six; studied piano for seven years. His focus changed to percussion in 1983. In 1990, he narrowed his studies to jazz drums. Studied music at California Institute of the Arts and at Jackson State University, where he graduated cum laude in 1997. Has studied privately with Al 'Tootie' Heath, William Beathea, Al Fielder and Julie Spencer. Attended weekly drum workshops with Billy Higgins at The World Stage in Los Angeles. Green is a member of the Taco Shop Poets, a spoken word/percussion group, Tree-yo X, a jazz group with World Music influences, and Teye Sa Thiosanne, an African drum and dance company. He has contributed to several recordings, 'Chorizo Tongue Fire,' by the Taco Shop Poets, Essence Project's 'The Essence of My Children,' and the Jah Sun-Nommo Collective release 'Catabasis.' His serious, focussed, spiritual presence and unique playing style made Green the creative drummer of choice for Reith. Press: 'Crookedly straight-ahead...' San Diego Sidewalk.
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