Photo: Henri Hirschfeld
Arizona musician Margo Reed passed away April 15th at the age of 73. She was known for her deep, stirring voice that marked the jazz, blues and gospel music she performed for decades. Reed moved to Arizona in 1973 and began working as a hotel housekeeper. Shortly after, she sat in on a set at the Century Sky Room and was hired to perform regularly. That led to a long run at the premiere Phoenix jazz club, the Boojum Tree. She has since performed at many of the major venues in San Diego, Seattle, Las Vegas, Lake Tahoe, Atlanta, Detroit, Oregon and Denver. In 2000 the readers and staff of Arizona Jazz Magazine named her Female Vocalist of the Year. Reed was inducted to the Arizona Blues Hall of Fame in 2004 and received the Jazz in AZ Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008. The Hall of Fame said Reed brought the spirits of Billie Holiday and Bessie Smith onto the stage with every performance, and has brought joy to Phoenix listeners for 30 years. Although Reed struggled with health issues the past few years she stayed active singing up to the end.
If - Over the Rainbow - Margo Reed
Margo Reed plays the Telluride JazzFest - 1982