Eric Reed, (b. June 21, 1970), in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is an American jazz pianist and composer. Eric began playing piano at age two, was playing piano in his minister father’s church by age five, and at age seven began formal study at Philadelphia’s Settlement Music School. At age 11 his family moved to Los Angeles, and he studied at the R. D. Colburn School of Arts. In May 1986 at Colburn School Eric met Wynton Marsalis, an encounter that would greatly aid his career. At age 18 during a year of college at California State University, Northridge, Eric briefly toured with Marsalis.