In Conversation with Rufus Reid


On the release of Quiet Pride: The Elizabeth Catlett Project (Motema, 2014)

Born on February 10, 1944 in Atlanta, Georgia, Rufus Reid was raised in Sacramento, California where he played the trumpet in junior high school. After graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. During his stint in the military he took an interest in the bass. After fulfilling his obligation, he moved to Seattle, Washington, where he studied under James Harnett of the Seattle Symphony. Reid continued his education at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, where he studied under Warren Benfiled and Joseph Guastefeste of the Chicago Symphony. He graduated in 1971 with Bachelor of Music Degree as a Performance Major on the double bass. Reid is also known as an outstanding educator. He, along with Dr. Martin Krivin, created the Jazz Studies & Performance Program at William Paterson University. Reid retired after twenty years, but he continues to teach, conducting Master Classes, workshops and residencies around the world. To date, Reid has recorded seventeen albums as a leader. 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. Reid continues to lead his Out Front Trio with pianist, Steve Allee and drummer Duduka Da Fonseca. He released Out Front the trio album in 2010. Reid recorded with this trio again, adding guests, Bobby Watson, Freddie Hendrix, JD Allen, and Toninho Horta, releasing Hues of a Different Blue in 2011. Read all