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Gilles Peterson launches Steve Reid Foundation

By | Published on Friday 18 March 2011

Gilles Peterson

Gilles Peterson has announced the launch of the Steve Reid Foundation in memory of the legendary drummer who died last year.

During his career, Reid worked with artists including James Brown, Miles Davis, Fela Kuti and more recently Four Tet’s Kieran Hebden. However, after being diagnosed with throat cancer, he was unable to afford treatment in the US. The Foundation will support other musicians who find themselves in a similar situation.

Peterson told CMU: “This is something that is very close to me and that I feel strongly about, and wanted to set up something as a lasting legacy to help others in similar situations. To this end, I am running the London Marathon on 17 Apr on behalf of the Steve Reid Foundation”.

While the Steve Reid Foundation awaits approval for charitable status, money raised from Gilles’ marathon run will actually go to the Musicians Benevolent Fund, with whom he has been working closely on the launch of the new organisation. You can donate here: