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Workman, Reggie


Reggie Workman
Professor, The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, Bassist, Composer, Producer


Reggie Workman is an internationally acclaimed bassist, composer, educator and arts advocate whose playing styles have covered the range of modern music from Bop to Post–Bop and beyond. He’s known as one of the most technically gifted bassists in modern jazz. Workman's extensive performing and recording credits include recording with Jazz icons 
John Coltrane, Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers, Max Roach, Thelonious Monk, Abbey Lincoln, Freddie Hubbard, Wayne Shorter, the emerging luminary Jason Moran, and many more. 

An ardent educator and advocate for the arts, Workman co-founded The Black Artist Collective and served as Music Director of the famed New Muse Community Museum in Brooklyn.  At the university level, Workman has served on faculty at University of Massachusetts (Amherst), Bennington College, Long Island University and the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music.

In the 1980’s, Workman began branching into new directions, forming his own ensembles, producing, and composing his own brand of “futuristic music.” He collaborated with musicians such as Butch Morris, Marilyn Crispell, Cecil Taylor, David Murray and TRIO 3 (w/Oliver Lake and Andrew Cyrille). CD's of his own compositions, Summit Conference and Cerebral Caverns, were critically acclaimed. Workman continues forging new ground, touring, recording and performing with Trio 3 (with guest innovative piano "voices" Irene Schweitzer, Jason Moran, and Geri Allen) while forging new musical ground with other futuristic kindred ensembles with BREW and The Reggie Workman Ensemble, and producing through his production company, Sculptured Sounds. Recent productions have included the Sculptured Sounds Music Festival 2007, The Happening 2010, a film work-in-progress, TRIO 3: At this Time (feat. TRIO 3 (Oliver Lake/Reggie Workman/Andrew Cyrille) with guest pianist, Geri Allen. His current project, the African-American Legacy Project (AALP), is a choral/orchestration celebration dedicated to the legacy and future of African-American composers and this great music commonly called "Jazz". With Cecil Bridgewaterconducting, the AALP recently garnered critical notice, performing at the Impulse at 50 Concerts at New York's Jazz at Lincoln Center. The AALP also has a workshop component and is a fiscally sponsored by the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA). 

With over fifty years in the business, Reggie Workman continues his amazing Jazz journey, producing, conducting music education workshops, touring regularly in the US and internationally.

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