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Monday Night Jazz: Rufus Reid, Jazz Composer / Bassist with the USF Jazz Ensemble

Monday, Apr. 20, 2015 at 7:30pm,
USF Concert Hall

Rufus ReidRufus Reid, long one of the premiere bassists on the international jazz scene, has evolved into one of its most respected composers as well; having written for symphony orchestra, jazz ensembles large and small, concert band, double bass ensemble pieces and a solo bass composition. His most recent, highly feted, work “Quiet Pride” will be performed by Rufus in tandem with the USF Jazz Ensemble. An ambitious five-movement work for big band, it was inspired by the sculptures of the artist, Elizabeth Catlett. Recorded and internationally released by Motema Music in Feb., 2014, it has received performances at the Shaw Center for the Performing Arts, in Baton Rouge, LA with Elizabeth’s gorgeous artwork in residence and later at Lincoln Center in New York.

Rufus Reid is equally known as 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.

His 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.

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 truly continues to be THE EVOLVING BASSIST.


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