A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Jordan Reed is Instructor of Saxophone at Ohio University and Instructor of Saxophone and Jazz Ensembles at Marietta College. Jordan maintains an active schedule as a performer, educator, and composer.
As a concert saxophonist, he has been a soloist with The Ohio State Symphony Orchestra, the Marietta College Wind Ensemble, the Ohio University Wind Symphony, the Ohio University Symphony Orchestra, and the Otterbein Wind Ensemble. He has performed at the Navy Band Saxophone Symposium and at national and regional conferences of the North American Saxophone Alliance. As a chamber musician, Jordan regularly performs with the Appalachian-based Sonax Saxophone Quartet. Jordan is also a founding member of MƏMZ and Alea Duo, groups that focus on composing and performing new music that is heavily rootied in improvisation and aleatoricism. Jordan has also performed with the Black Swamp Saxophone, the Athenian Saxophone Quartet, the Athens Saxophone Duo, and the Ignis Saxophone Quartet.
As a jazz artist, he regularly performs, writes, and records with the Columbus-based new jazz quintet, Radarhill. Radarhill has been commissioned by the Ohio University Wind Symphony for three consecutive years to compose and perform a concerto grosso at their annual Ampersand Festival, a concert series that focuses on new music for wind symphony and soloists that are seldom-paired together. The first commissioned work, Lucidrome, was premiered on March 24th in Athens, OH. Lucidrome has also been programmed by Dr. Michael Yonchak, the director of bands at Otterbein University. Jordan is also a founding member of new-jazz group, Sugar Knife. Jordan has also performed with The Colin Wood Sextet, The Ohio Intercollegiate Jazz Ensemble, and The Athens Jazztet.
He is a member of the Ohio Private College Instrumental Conductors Association, The International Percy Grainger Society, and Pi Kappa Lambda. Jordan is currently a Doctoral Candidate at The Ohio State University, where he is ABD, and holds a Master of Music and Bachelor of Music degrees in saxophone performance from Ohio University.