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When: Mon., Aug. 25, 8 & 10 p.m. 2008
Price: $5-$14

Ed Reed looks decades younger than his actual age and sings with the smooth, smoldering soul of a young man. He had his first music lesson with Charles Mingus, sang in a combo led by trumpeter Dupree Bolton, established a daycare center for migrant workers in LA, and helped develop a methadone maintenance program, all while being a drug user himself. At 78, clean and sober, he self-released his first album, Ed Reed Sings Love Songs. Adept at everything from a cappella gospel songs to intimate jazz-flavored love songs, Reed has incomparable phrasing and a subtle sense of swing that marks him as an original. For the party celebrating his second album, The Song Is You, he'll be backed by pianist Brian Cooke, Anton Schwartz on reeds, bassist Robb Fisher, and drummer Akira Tana on Monday, Aug. 25 at Yoshi's (510 Embarcadero West, Oakland). 8 & 10 p.m., $14, $5.

— j. poet


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