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Drummer Steve Reid Dies at 66

Drummer played with Miles, Fela, James Brown and Sun Ra and collaborated with Kieran Hebden

Steve Reid

Drummer and percussionist Steve Reid died Monday, April 12, according to an announcement from Domino Records, which released several of his recordings. Reid was 66 and had been suffering from cancer. He resided in Lugano, Switzerland, though also spent some time in the Bronx, N.Y.

Reid was just 17 when he was hired by Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, with whom he recorded the hits “Heat Wave” and “Dancing in the Streets.” He later became the drummer in the house band at the famed Apollo Theater in Harlem. That band was led by Quincy Jones.

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