Inducted in 2004
Vocalist Margo Reed, a member of the amazing
Reed family (Francine, Laverne, Bucko, and
Mike), has been singing her heart out in Phoenix
since 1973. She was the first of the Reed family
to move to Arizona from their home in Chicago,
and quickly established herself as one of the
finest singers in the Valley.
Her first gigs in Phoenix were at the legendary
nightclub The Century Sky Room. That led to a
long run at the premiere Phoenix jazz club, the
She has since performed at many of the major
venues in San Diego, Seattle, Las Vegas, Lake
Tahoe, Atlanta, Detroit, Oregon and Denver. In
addition, Reed had an extended gig in Telluride
from 1990 to 1993.
Always backed by the cream of the crop of
Phoenix Jazz musicians, Reed usually performs
with��long time music partner Armand Boatman.
Known mostly for her work as a jazz vocalist,
Margo brings the spirits of Billie Holiday and
Bessie Smith onto the stage with every
performance, and has brought joy to Phoenix
listeners for 30 years.
In 2000 the readers and staff of Arizona Jazz
Magazine named her Female Vocalist of the Year.
Margo Reed passed away on April 15, 2015.