Rufus Reid is one of three composers chosen for the American Composer's Forum CONNECT Project Competition in 2017! He will come hang out with us in Pittsburgh this summer, get to know the group, and write a piece for us to premiere in PNME 2018's season!!
Rufus Reid is a seasoned 50-year career veteran who has made over 400 recordings with some of the jazz world’s greatest performers. He is professor emeritus and director of jazz studies and performance at William Paterson University, where he has taught for over 20 years. His book and DVD, The Evolving Bassist, continues to be the industry standard bass method. His receipt of the 2006 Raymond Sackler Commission resulted in his five-movement suite for large jazz ensemble, Quiet Pride-The Elizabeth Catlett Project. In November 2015, his album Quiet Pride, received two Grammy nominations, for Best Large Jazz Ensemble and Best Instrumental Composition. Rufus is a 2008 Guggenheim Fellow in the field of composition, which resulted in the three-movement symphonic work, Mass Transit. In April 2016 he was named Harvard University’s Jazz Master in Residence, participating in public conversations and performing in concert with his original compositions. In April 2017, Lake Tyrrell In Innisfree, Rufus’ third symphonic work was debuted in Raleigh, NC by the Raleigh Civic Symphony, Peter Askim, Conductor. In November 2017, Newvelle Records, an all vinyl recording company, will release the Rufus Reid Trio featuring the SIRIUS QUARTET.
Born on February 10, 1944 in Atlanta, GA., Rufus 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 truly continues to be THE EVOLVING BASSIST.