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Workman, Reggie

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  • Genre: Jazz
  • Instrument: Bass - Acoustic
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A legendary bassist, Reggie Workman is highly regarded as a bass player’s bass player. Workman’s playing styles cover the range of modern music from Bop to Post-Bop, to Futuristic, incorporating a contemporary approach to jazz improvisation and composition. His uncanny ability to equally understand and share musical ideas with such diverse musicians as Art Blakey on one side and Cecil Taylor on the other is stunning. As a result, Workman has invented his own language of sound and expression as a performer and composer.

 

An ardent advocate of arts education, Workman is a Professor and Coordinator of Curriculum at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Studies, an institution recognized around the world as one of the greatest schools for jazz education:

 

"With a faculty of accomplished professionals, it is safe to say that no program is a better example of students (new to the Jazz experience) being able to learn from the source."

 

Reggie Workman has always been active in music outreach and education to the community. He co-founded the historic Collective Black Artists (CBA), and was Music Director of the famous New Muse Community Center (Brooklyn, NY). He is presently Co-Director of The Montclair Academy of Dance & Laboratory of Music Studio and Founder/Producer of the Sculptured Sounds Music Festival, an artist-driven festival of futuristic music and concepts.

 

Workman has performed and recorded with giants of jazz including John Coltrane, Art Blakely, Eric Dolphy, Max Roach, Abbey Lincoln, Cecil Taylor, Mal Waldron, Archie Shepp, Sam Rivers, Trio 3 and Great Friends as well as emerging jazz legends such Jason Moran. He established himself as a bandleader and composer in the 70's when he first presented his stellar group, Top Shelf. Since then, Workman has continued developing new music arts curriculums and workshops and presenting various Reggie Workman ensembles under the umbrella of his production company, Sculptured Sounds, in the United States and internationally.

 

 

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