Bernd Reiter

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Bernd Reiter, Photo: Gerhard Richter


Bernd Reiter is an Austrian jazz drummer.

Born on 22.6.1982 in Leoben (Austria), first drum lessons in 1988 with Nik Wonisch in Bruck, from 2001to 2007 studies at the KUG Graz with Prof. Manfred Josel, Christian Salfellner and Howard Curtis, finished with Master degree.
Workshops with Billy Cobham, Bruno Castellucci, John Riley, Lewis Nash, Charli Persip, Jimmy Cobb, and many more.
Classical concerts: Haydnorchester Bruck/Mur, Innerberger Brass-Ensemble and the Young Musicians International Symphony Orchestra (Igor Coretti).
Jazz concerts: Harold Mabern, Charles Davis, Don Menza, Kirk Lightsey, Ralph Lalama, Mundell Lowe, Cyrus Chestnut, Steve Grossman, Eric Alexander, Jim Rotondi, Grant Stewart, Joe Magnarelli, Andy McKee, Claudio Roditi, Dick Oatts, Gary Smulyan, Dusky Goykovich, John Marshall, Dmitry Baevsky, Jeb Patton, Joe Haider, Max Greger sen. & jr., Martin Weiss, Renato Chicco, Tony Lakatos, Heinz von Hermann, Rob Bargad, Gabor Bolla, Olivier Hutman, Al Porcino Bigband, Jazzfactory Orchestra, and many more.

2004 Fellowship Award Band of the International Jazz Festival „generations 04“ in Frauenfeld (Switzerland), collaboration with Roman Schwaller and Adrian Mears (Vienna Art Orchestra).

2005 Marianne Mendt Talents Award and concert at the MM Jazzfestival in St. Pölten.

2006 New York Stipendium of the HANS KOLLER PRIZE.

2007 New York stay for three months.

December 2007 – June 2012 Based in Munich.

Since October 2012 Based in Paris.

October 2009 Tour with concerts in Switzerland, Germany, Austria and Italy with saxophone legend Charles Davis (Kenny Dorham Quintet, Sun Ra Orkestra…), also CD-production.

October 2010 CD-Release Tour with the Charles Davis Quintet in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France and Italy.

2011 Concerts all over Europe with the Kirk Lightsey Quartet “A Tribute to John Coltrane” and the Ralph Lalama / Helmut Kagerer Quartet.

March & April 2012 European tour with the Eric Alexander / Jim Rotondi Quartet, CD-production “Jim Rotondi And The Loop – Hard Hittin‘ At Bird’s Eye”.

October 2012 Tour and production for the Bavarian Radio with “Chicco – Kagerer – Reiter feat. Stephane Belmondo“.

November 2012 CD-production with Don Menza.

Since 2013 Several tours with American and European soloists such as Don Menza, Eric Alexander, Kirk Lightsey, Stephane Belmondo, Grant Stewart, Joe Magnarelli, Alain Jean-Marie, and many more.

January 2016 New CD for Steeplechase “Bernd Reiter Quintet feat. Eric Alexander – Workout at Bird’s Eye”.

Current Album

Kirk Lightsey/Gabor Bolla/Milan Nikolic/Bernd Reiter - Coltrane Revisited At Bird’s Eye

Kirk Lightsey/Gabor Bolla/Milan Nikolic/Bernd Reiter - Coltrane Revisited At Bird’s Eye

Kirk Lightsey - piano
Gabor Bolla - tenor saxophone
Milan Nikolic - bass
Bernd Reiter - drums

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Pianist/composer Kirk Lightsey (b. 1937 in Detroit, Michigan) is a contemporary of John Coltrane, growing up with Detroit's jazz heavy weights such as Barry Harris, Paul Chambers, Tommy Flanagan, to mention a few. After a lengthy successful career in USA performing with Chet Baker, Woody Shaw, Dexter Gordon etc. Lightsey moved to Paris, France in the 90s.

This live recording from Basel, Switzerland with his European band makes a graceful continuation of his famous tribute albums: 'From Kirk To Nat' and 'Goodbye Mr Evans'.

"A swinging and heartfelt recording...You can feel definitely the spirit of John Coltrane throughout and the playing is stellar and on the highest level...this is a great band and the music is both inspired and inspiring!" - Gary Smulyan


  • Kirk Lightsey/Gabor Bolla/Milan Nikolic/Bernd Reiter - Coltrane Revisited At Bird’s Eye. 2021
  • Don Menza Organ Trio - Somewehere Over The Rainbow - Live In Italy. 2021
  • Patrick Bianco - Remembering George Robert. 2021
  • The New York Blue Note Quintet - A Weekend At Le Vauban. 2021
  • Nina Plotzki - De Tout Mon Coeur. 2020
  • The New York-Paris Reunion Quintet - Live at the Bird's Eye Jazz Club, Basel. 2020
  • Don Menza Quartet - The Rose. 2020
  • Gary Smulyan & Ralph Moore Quintet - Bird’s Eye Encounter!. 2019
  • The New York All-Stars feat. Eric Alexander/Seamus Blake/Mike Le Donne - Live Encounter. 2019
  • Grant Stewart & Fabio Miano - Namely You. 2018
  • The New York All-Stars feat. Eric Alexander and Harold Mabern - Burnin’ In London. 2018
  • Lalama - Kagerer - McKee – Reiter - New York Meeting. 2018
  • Tony Lakatos / Rick Margitza / Gabor Bolla - The Gypsy Tenors (Live). 2017
  • Don Menza Quartet - Sonny Daze. 2017


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