Rufus Reid

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Rufus Reid
Born (1944-02-10) February 10, 1944 (age 73)
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
Origin Chicago, Illinois
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Bass
Years active 1976–present
Labels Motéma, Sunnyside, Atlantic, Soul Note, Evidence, Concord
Associated acts Art Farmer

Rufus Reid (born February 10, 1944, in Atlanta, Georgia) is an American jazz bassist, educator, and composer.[1]


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. Playing with hundreds of the world's greatest musicians, he is famously the bassist that saxophonist Dexter Gordon chose when he returned to the states from his decade-long exile in Denmark. His colleagues include Thad Jones, Nancy Wilson, Eddie Harris, and Bob Berg


As leader[edit]

  • Hues of a Different Blue (Motéma)
  • Out Front (Motéma)
  • Live at the Kennedy Center (Motéma)
  • The Gait Keeper (Sunnyside)
  • Perpetual Stroll (Theresa)
  • Seven Minds (Sunnyside)
  • Corridor To The Limits (Sunnyside)
  • Myrth Song, with Harold Danko
  • Yours and Mine (Concord)
  • Passing Thoughts (Concord)
  • Blue Motion (Evidence)
  • Looking Forward (Evidence)
  • Back to Front (Evidence)
  • Double Bass Delights, with Michael Moore (Double-Time)
  • Intimacy of the Bass, with Michael Moore (Double-Time)
  • Song for Luis, with Ron Jackson (Mastermix)
  • Alone Together, with Peter Ind (Wave)

As sideman[edit]

With Kenny Barron

With Roni Ben-Hur

  • Fortuna (2008)

With Kenny Burrell

With Jack DeJohnette

With Art Farmer

With Stan Getz

With Dexter Gordon

With Eddie Harris

With Jimmy Heath

With Andrew Hill

With the Jazztet

  • Nostalgia (Baystate, 1983)

With J. J. Johnson

  • Quintergy (1988)
  • Standards (1988)
  • Let's Hang Out (1992)
  • The Brass Orchestra (1996)
  • Heroes (1998)

With Lee Konitz

With Maulawi

With Billy Mitchell

With Michel Sardaby

  • Going Places (Sound Hills, 1989)

With John Stubblefield

With The Thad Jones/ Mel Lewis Orchestra

With Jon Irabagon

  • Obsever (2009)


Contributions to education[edit]

Awards and honors[edit]


  1. ^ Beckerman, Jim. "Ben-Hur flavors his jazz with Middle Eastern spice", The Record (Bergen County), July 17, 2005. Accessed August 7, 2007. "Luckily, pianist John Hicks, drummer Leroy Williams, percussionist Steve Kroon and celebrated Teaneck bassist Rufus Reid were happy to go where Ben-Hur led."
  2. ^ William Paterson University Senate Minutes
  3. ^ The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation

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