Rufus Reid


Rufus Reid is a forty-five year veteran jazz bassist with over 400 recordings in his discography. His musical prowess can be found perfectly comfortable in an array of performance settings. Rufus Reid is equally known as an exceptional educator teaching clinics and workshops all over the world.  His book and DVD, THE EVOLVING BASSIST, is recognized as the industry standard as the definitive bass method.  In January, 2013, Quiet Pride, 20 piece large ensemble debuted a five movement work inspired by the sculptures of artist, Elizabeth Catlett, at the Jazz Education Network Conference in Atlanta, GA.  The music, Quiet Pride, The Elizabeth Catlett Project, was recorded in September 2012, and will be released on CD by Motéma Music in September 2013.  HUES OF A DIFFERENT BLUE, is Rufus Reid’s OUT FRONT Trio’s latest and second Motéma Music recording released in April, 2011. Motéma Music, in 2010, released, Rufus Reid Trio – OUT FRONT, recording to critical acclaim.  June 2010, Rufus Reid was awarded the prestigious MacDowell Colony Fellowship. THE JOHN SIMON GUGGENHEIM MEMORIAL FOUNDATION awarded Rufus a 2008 Guggenheim Fellowship for composition.  The resulting three-movement work, MASS TRANSIT, was debuted by the Idyllwild Arts Academy Symphony Orchestra in Idyllwild, CA, and Los Angeles, CA, on May 7 & 8, 2011, conducted by Peter Askim.  In New York City, on June 7, 2011, the American Composers Orchestra, conducted by George Manahan, performed the third movement of MASS TRANSIT, in the Miller Theater at Columbia University. For more information you are invited to visit his new web site: and the Official Rufus Reid FaceBook page.