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About Greg Reitan
A sophisticated jazz pianist and composer, Greg Reitan is known for his straight-ahead, post-bop sound. Based in Los Angeles, Reitan has issued a handful of trio albums including 2009's Some Other Time and 2019's West 60th. He has also worked behind the scenes, supplying commercial music for companies like NBC, CBS, CNN, and others.
Born in 1973 in Seattle, Reitan initially became interested in music around age ten. Along with private study (including lessons with pianists Joni Metcalf and Dave Peck, and composer/drummer Jerry Granelli), he gained early jazz experience attending the Bud Shank Jazz Workshop in Port Townsend, Washington. There he studied piano with Hal Galper and arranging with John Clayton. Out of high school, he earned scholarships to the Berklee School of Music in Boston, and the Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle. In 1991, he moved to Los Angeles, where he earned his degree in classical composition and film scoring at the University of Southern California's Thornton School of Music. He further honed his skills studying with composers Stephen Hartke, Frank Ticheli, and Erica Muhl, as well as pianist Terry Trotter and others. He garnered several accolades: he was a finalist in the 1991 John Coltrane Competition and he won the 1995 Harry Warren Award for Film Scoring.
Since leaving school, Reitan has split his time between performing and composing. From 1995 to 2001, he was lead composer with New York's Score Productions. He also formed his own Evergreen Point Music production company, working with clients like CBS Television, Warner Bros., CNN, ABC News, and NBC News. He also supplied scores for various film and television productions, including 1999's Dumbarton Bridge, and the 2002 Lisa Kudrow indie comedy Bark! As a leader, Reitan debuted with Some Other Time in 2009, followed by Antibes in 2010. Both albums featured his trio with bassist Jack Daro and drummer Dean Koba. The three initially met while studying at USC and have worked steadily ever since. Daybreak, also with Daro and Koba, arrived in 2011. In 2014, he released his fourth trio effort, Post No Bills. Inspired by his 2017 performance at New York's Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, the pianist returned in 2019 with West 60th. ~ Matt Collar
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