The Reese Project

The Reese Project


...lively music that rocks, pops & plays it cool; mesmerizing to watch with a funky, Monk-rocks out flavor like Bach having lunch with BB King...something for everyone, from jazz to classical to blues to celtic to rock covers.


' that rocks, pops and plays it cool' (Guitar World)

The Reese Project (TRP) plays lively music that rocks, pops & plays it cool; mesmerizing to watch with a funky, Monk-rocks out flavor like Bach having lunch with BB King. TRP includes something for every musical taste, from jazz, blues, & funk to celtic & classical music. Mesmerizing to watch, this unique quartet combines flute, cello, guitar & drums. Gorgeous compositions weave elements from around the world into up-tempo, high energy music and haunting sounds that flow from calypso to waltz feels. They're appealing to see & hear (listen for Tom's trademark "Yeah!") and have played to sold out venues & multiple standing ovations. The unique instrumentation of the group & their "outside of the box" approach has critics raving with their fresh approach. A "must see," The Reese Project will leave you wanting more & more.

Tom Reese (flutes) plays highly-charged, soaring flute lines that carve new sounds out of traditional forms, infusing the music with quotes from rock to pop. Laurie Haines Reese (cello) adds a unique flavor to the band with the electric cello. Her shredding sound and acoustic bass lines compliment the creative edge in the original works as well as the standards. Bobby Brewer (guitar) sends the band stomping & growling into the aether. His bluesy vocal style brings a new element into the mix. Aaron Walker (drums) captures the motion in the rhythms and drives the sound.

With a nod to past masters, the original jazz created within this group of musicians steps in a new direction, while staying squarely within the boundaries of real jazz. It's definitely music for fresh ears. Performing everything from jazz standards to funk, blues, rock covers, classical music & originals, The Reese Project includes something for everyone -- from Bach to the Beatles. They have played to packed houses throughout the US & Canada (even in a major snow storm!).

Their influences include Miles, Coltrane, Bela Fleck, Edgar Meyer, Mark O'Connor, Yo Yo Ma, Modeski Martin & Wood, John Scofield, Pat Methany, Ellington, Monk, Grisman, Grapelli, Turtle Island & Kronos String Quartets, and classic rock bands.

"I caught three fabulous acts Sunday at the Lancaster Jazz Festival. The headliner, Kurt Elling, kept the listeners there, but for my tastes, the second act, The Reese Project, stole the show. This unique combination with a soloing cello playing bass lines, amazing soloist Tom Reese making the flute viable as a jazz instrument & soaring vocals by veteran vocalist Ron Smith proved that unique instrumentation equals great jazz" (Logan McKinney, "New Waves in Radio").

Band members have worked with Les Brown, Petula Clark, Stanley Clarke, Norm Crosby, Jay Daversa, Gloria Estefan, Larry Gatlin, Robert Gordon, Charlie Grace, John Guerin, Phil Harris, Roger Kelloway, Tom Larsen, Jerry Lewis, Melissa Manchester, Henry Mancini, Chuck Mangione, Shelly Manne, Valery Pomoronov, Jerry Reed, Jeanne C. Riley, Chita Rivera, Bobby Rydell, Ira Sullivan, BJ Thomas, Rufus Thomas, & others.


Key to Your Heart

Written By: Tom Reese

Will I find the key to your heart
or will you leave forever? You can find your way
back into my arms,
open up the door,
you will find me there, waiting for you.

Do you miss my touch
in the night?
Do you recall the pleasure?
Is the moment gone,
driven like the wind
to the streets again?
Guess I’ll never know
where I went wrong.

Looks like I am left here on my own.
Sitting by the phone watching the time
melt into the evening twilight.

Funny how our memories seem to fade,
cooling like the early autumn shade.
in my empty room,
where I’ll stay,
‘till I slip away
and dream about you.

Now the evening calm,
fills the night,
and I can feel my heart break.
Are you safe and sound?
Warming someone’s heart,
memories depart,
I am here alone,
counting the stars.

Flickering across the milky way,
distant in a place you choose to stay,
you’re gone,
from my life again,
like a rhyme,
dancing through my mind,
until you fade from view.

Blue Tuesday

Written By: Tom Reese

I met her on a Friday,
man, she was really a find,
as sweet as wine,
playing with my passions.
Looking like an Angel,
acting like the Devil's child.
She drove me wild.

So we went over to my place,
got some easy lovin’ on borrowed time.
Could have been a warnin’ sign.
Remembering the night-time,
man, I don’t know how I survived,
she’s really alive,
even in the morning.
Hiding in the bathroom,
tryin’ to catch a moments rest,
I must confess.

Saturday took me to the edge,
Sunday in the morning,
I said a prayer.
Now the Blues are everywhere.

I understand the sorrow,
going from good to bad,
the dreams that I had,
fading like a memory,
leaving me forever,
telling me that I should see
she needs to be free.

Monday was stormy and gray,
Tuesday in the evening,
she went away.
Guess the Blues are here to stay.


1. Eastern Standard Time (Sept ‘09), In the Groove Records – 6 jazz standards & 6 originals
2. This Just In (2008), In the Groove Records – received radio airplay nationally
3. Vicodin Dreams (2005), 95 North – reached #53 on JazzWeek charts; in the top 60 for two months
4. Blue Etude (2000), Wyndfall Records – top 20 in the 2002 Grammies & 5 #1 hits
5. Apocalyptic Hayride (2004), Wyndfall – on WRTI’s Hot 11 for an unprecedented three months
6. Dark Kat (2003), Wyndfall – features flute, sax, piano, cello & drums
7. Viewpoints (1997), MMC Recordings – half jazz & half classical; on Amazon’s Best Seller List

Set List

Our typical set list varies depending on the venue. We can play shows that are all jazz standards, all originals, all celtic rock, or all Ellington, etc. Our normal sets are about an hour long, and then we take a 15-minute break.

Typical Ellington Concert:

“A” Train
Satin Doll
Don't Get Around Much Anymore
“C” Jam Blues
I Got It Bad
In a Mellow Tone
In a Sentimental Mood
It Don’t Mean a Thing
Come Sunday
I Let a Song (go out of my heart)
Things Aint What They Used to Be

Typical Jazz Set List:

Evening in Vermont
My Funky Valentine
Spooky (Vocal)
Bach Minuet / Norwegian Wood
All Blues
Satin Doll
Night & Day
Watermelon Man
Black Orpheus
There Will Never Be Another You

Bye Bye Blackbird
"A" Train
Autumn Leaves
Cantaloupe Island / Watermelon Man
Blue Bossa
When Sunny Gets Blue
Don't Get Around Much Anymore
Girl I Left Behind Me / Bach Prelude for Solo Cello / Abigail