Reggie Workman

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Reggie Workman
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Background information
Birth name Reginald Workman
Born (1937-06-26) June 26, 1937 (age 79)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Genres Jazz, avant-garde jazz, hard bop
Occupation(s) Musician, composer
Instruments Double bass
Labels Soul Note, Evidence, Baybridge, Prestige, Postcards, Leo, Music & Arts
Associated acts Gigi Gryce, Roy Haynes, Red Garland, James Moody, Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, Yusef Lateef, Pharoah Sanders, Herbie Mann, Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, Wayne Shorter, Archie Shepp, Mal Waldron, Bobby Hutcherson, Lee Morgan, David Murray

Reginald "Reggie" Workman (born June 26, 1937 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)[1] is an American avant-garde jazz and hard bop double bassist, recognized for his work with both John Coltrane and Art Blakey.


Reggie Workman at Deutschordensmuseum Bad Mergentheim, 2016.
Reggie Workman at Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society, Half Moon Bay CA 4/2/89.

Workman was a member of jazz groups led by Gigi Gryce, Roy Haynes, Wayne Shorter and Red Garland. In 1961, Workman joined the John Coltrane Quartet, replacing Steve Davis. He was present for the saxophonist's Live at the Village Vanguard sessions, and also recorded with a second bassist (Art Davis) on the 1961 album, Olé Coltrane. After a European tour, Workman left Coltrane's group at the end of the year. Workman also played with James Moody, Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, Yusef Lateef, Pharoah Sanders, Herbie Mann and Thelonious Monk. He has recorded with Archie Shepp, Lee Morgan and David Murray.[1]

He is currently[2] a professor at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York City, and is a member of the group, Trio 3, with Oliver Lake and Andrew Cyrille.


As leader[edit]

As sideman[edit]

With Roy Ayers

With Gary Bartz

With Art Blakey

With Marion Brown

With Earl Coleman

  • Manhattan Serenade (1968)

With Johnny Coles

With John Coltrane

With Stanley Cowell

With Marilyn Crispell

With Booker Ervin

With Sonny Fortune

With Grant Green

With Gigi Gryce

With Billy Harper

With Andrew Hill

With Takehiro Honda

  • Jodo (Trio, 1972)

With Freddie Hubbard

With Bobby Hutcherson

With Elvin Jones

With Clifford Jordan

With Duke Jordan

With Oliver Lake

With Yusef Lateef

With Booker Little

with Herbie Mann

With Ken McIntyre

  • Home (SteepleChase, 1975)

With New York Art Quartet

  • Mohawk (1965)

With Dave Pike

With Pharoah Sanders

With Wayne Shorter

With Sonny Simmons

  • American Jungle (1997)

With Archie Shepp

With Horace Tapscott

With Charles Tolliver

With Mal Waldron

With Cedar Walton

With Tyrone Washington

With Richard Williams

With Alice Coltrane

With Mulgrew Miller


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