Derek Reese was born into a family of musicians in Brooklyn, New York. His father, Kevin Reese, was best known as the guitarist for Eric Emerson and The Magic Tramps, a pioneering glam-rock band. His Uncle, Anthony “Ace” Pergamo, a professional drummer, started giving Derek lessons at the ripe age of three.
With nature and nuture on his side, Derek’s talents were obvious from the beginning. At 4 years old, Derek’s mother enrolled him in private drum and classical piano lessons.
Derek has been performing music professionally since the age of 8, when he recorded his first single “Big Boy”. Soon to follow was the video to promote the single. That started the ball rolling and soon he was playing local NYC clubs such as the Limelight, A7, The Palladium and CBGB’s. Building on his early success and tons of studio work, Derek set out to compose and produce. The results of Derek’s inspiration and perspiration is his first album. Not only did Derek play all the instruments but he recorded and engineered every track. This self titled CD, “Derek Reese”, is a true labor of love.
Derek’s influences extend from Rock n’ Roll legends like Jimi Hendrix and Eddie Van Halen to R&B vocalists such as Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye. Derek also has an appreciation for Hip-Hop, and is endeared to local New York giants such as RUN-DMC, Biz Markie and Big Daddy Kane.
Derek is also very thankful to his grandmother, who brought Derek down to her basement in his teens and introduced him to the euphonious sounds of Art Tatum, Dizzy Gillespie and Ella Fitzgerald.