2017 FORT ADAMS LINEUP
SUNDAY AUGUST 6, 2017
Born in London, Reid and his family emigrated to Brooklyn while he was a child; he began playing guitar at age 15, initially studying jazz and progressing quickly. In 1980, he joined drummer Ronald Shannon Jackson’s Decoding Society, a cutting-edge jazz group with whom he appeared on six albums; over the course of the decade, Reid went on to work with a wide variety of experimental musicians — Defunkt, Bill Frisell, John Zorn, Arto Lindsay, and Public Enemy, among others.
Around 1983, Reid formed the first version of what was to become Living Colour; in 1985, with journalist Greg Tate, he formed the Black Rock Coalition. Reid has continued to make periodic appearances on others’ recordings, and in 1996, he issued his solo debut, Mistaken Identity. Most recently, Vernon has been continuing to work and tour with DJ Logic’s “Project Logic,” and the Burnt Sugar Arkestra, working on film scores, leading his large band project “Hexadecimal Gris-Gris” and producing projects such as “MazzMuse: The Band.” The new Living Colour record “Shade” will be released Autumn 2017.