2019-20 MUSIC LAB DATES
September 27 ○ October 25 ○ November 22 ○ January 31 ○ February 28 ○ March 27 ○ April 24 ○ May 29
THE JUJU EXCHANGE (9.27)
With one foot in Jazz and the other foot in everything else, The JuJu Exchange is a musical partnership of childhood friends who came up through Chicago Public School music programs. Nico Segal (Donnie Trumpet of The Social Experiment), Julian & Everett Reid and Lane Beckstrom founded The JuJu Exchange as a way to build off of their past experiences in order to make a genre-bending style of music that looks to the future while dealing with the problems of the present. Drawing from hip-hop, jazz, classical and pop music, The JuJu Exchange will take you where anything is possible.
MORE INFO: www.thejuju.life
FEATURED MEMBERS: JULIAN & EVERETT REID
JULIAN REID BIO (lead pianist)
Julian Reid creates music out of love for God and for his neighbor. Hailing from Chicago, this son, brother, and husband grew up studying classical and jazz piano at Merit School of Music’s Conservatory and playing classical, jazz, and gospel piano around the city. That diverse upbringing would prepare him for a diverse career in music-making. His current focus is in Black gospel and jazz. He is an assistant music director at Kelley Chapel United Methodist Church in Decatur, GA and accompanist at First Congregational Church of Atlanta, and he is also a founding member of The JuJu Exchange, a genre-bending group with one foot in jazz and one foot in everything else. He has also worked with Chance the Rapper, Josephine Lee and the Chicago Children’s Choir, the Clark Atlanta University Choir, Zora Howard and Alysia Harris of Strivers Row, and Abiodun Oyewole, one of the Last Poets.
Julian holds a Master’s of Divinity degree from Candler School of Theology at Emory University. There he focused on Theology and the Arts under the tutelage of Drs. James Abbington, Dwight Andrews, Don Saliers, and Greg Ellison. Prior to Candler, Julian completed his undergraduate studies in philosophy at Yale University, where he wrote a thesis about the political nature of jazz. Julian and his wife reside in Atlanta.
EVERETT REID BIO (drummer/producer)
Everett Reid is a drummer and electronic producer from the South Side of Chicago. He moved to Detroit after graduating from University of Michigan’s School of Music in 2018 where he got two degrees in Jazz Studies and Performing Arts Technology. He’s currently in a critical stage of artistic realization as he’s busy performing around Detroit and Chicago, producing and writing music with his band The JuJu Exchange and other artists, as well as developing and documenting an instrument he invented in school, the Nova Portals (an instrument you don’t need to physically touch to make sound). Catch Reid performing around the country with The JuJu Exchange and keep watch for his solo material which will feature his electronic compositions and Nova Portals!
past MUSIC LAB FEATURES
ELLIOTT SKINNER OF THIRDSTORY
HOUSE OF RENJI
THE OH MYS
THE SOCIAL EXPERIMENT