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Study Jazz Bass With Rufus Reid

CalendarMarch 21, 2017
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Rufus Reid at the Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshops

Meet The Faculty: Rufus Reid, Bass

Sometimes called a chameleon, Rufus Reid is one of today’s premiere bassists on the international jazz scene. He has performed and recorded with some of the greatest names in Jazz. His musical prowess can be found perfectly comfortable in an array of performance settings. He has an impressive 250+ recordings in his discography.

Like all of the other faculty at the Summer Jazz Workshops, Rufus Reid is an exceptional educator. Dr. Martin Krivin and Reid created the Jazz Studies & Performance Program at William Paterson University.  Reid retired after 20 years, but continues to teach, conducting Master Classes, workshops, and residencies around the world.

Born on February 10, 1944 in Atlanta, GA., Rufus Reid was raised in Sacramento, California where he played the trumpet through junior high and high school. Upon graduation from Sacramento High School, he entered the United States Air Force as a trumpet player. During that period he began to be seriously interested in the bass. After fulfilling his duties in the military, Rufus had decided he wanted to pursue a career as a professional bassist. He moved to Seattle, Washington, where he began serious study with James Harnett of the Seattle Symphony. He continued his education at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, where he studied with Warren Benfield and principal bassist, Joseph Guastefeste, both of the Chicago Symphony. He graduated in 1971 with a Bachelor of Music Degree as a Performance Major on the Double Bass.

Rufus Reid’s major professional career began in Chicago and continues since 1976 in New York City.  He has toured and recorded with Eddie Harris, Nancy Wilson, Harold Land & Bobby Hutcherson,  Lee Konitz, The Thad Jones & Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra, Dexter Gordon, J.J. Johnson, Art Farmer, Stan Getz, Kenny Burrell, Kenny Barron and countless others.  He continues to enjoy associations with Tim Hagans, Bob Mintzer, Frank Wess, Marvin Stamm, Benny Golson.

Rufus’ book, The Evolving Bassist, published since 1974, continues to be recognized as the industry standard as the definitive bass method.  January, 2000, the book’s millennium edition was published.  In December 2003, The Evolving Bassist DVD was released.  This two and one half hour DVD also offers a Concert view, featuring Mulgrew Miller and Lewis Nash.

Reid continues to lead his Out Front Trio with pianist, Steve Allee and drummer Duduka Da Fonseca.  He released Out Front ~ The Rufus Reid Trio on Motéma Records in 2010.  Reid recorded with this trio again, adding guests, Bobby Watson, Freddie Hendrix, JD Allen, and Toninho Horta, releasing Hues of a Different Blue on Motéma in 2011.

Rufus Reid truly continues to be THE EVOLVING BASSIST.

Grab your bass and join us for the Summer Jazz Workshops! Register online, and if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us.

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