Reggie Workman

Reggie Workman is an NEA Jazz Master

Reggie Workman has long been one of the most technically gifted of all bassists, a brilliant player whose versatile style fits into both hard bop and very avant-garde settings. He played piano, tuba, and euphonium early on but settled on bass in the mid-'50s. After working regularly with Gigi Gryce (1958), Red Garland, and Roy Haynes, he was a member of the John Coltrane Quartet for much of 1961, participating in several important recordings and even appearing with Coltrane and Eric Dolphy on a half-hour West German television show that is currently available on video (The Coltrane Legacy). After Jimmy Garrison took his place with Coltrane, Workman became a member of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers (1962-1964) and was in the groups of Yusef Lateef (1964-65), Herbie Mann, and Thelonious Monk (1967). He recorded frequently in the 1960s (including many Blue Note dates and Archie Shepp's classic Four for Trane).

Since that time, Workman has been both an educator (serving on the faculty of music schools including the University of Michigan) and a working musician, and has played with numerous legendary jazz musicians including Max Roach, Art Farmer, Mal Waldron, David Murray, Sam Rivers, and Andrew Hill (Rivers and Hill joined Workman for the 1993 session, Summit Conference). In the 1980s, Workman began leading his own group, the Reggie Workman Ensemble. He also began a collaboration with pianist Marilyn Crispell that lasted into the next decade (the two acclaimed musicians reunited for a festival performance in 2000). During the '90s, Workman was not only active with his own ensemble, but also in Trio Three, with Andrew Cyrille and Oliver Lake, and Reggie Workman's Grooveship and Extravaganza.

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April 20, 2015

National Jazz Museum In Harlem - Benefit Concert - June 10 - Dianne...

November 07, 2010

Reggie Workman's African-American Legacy Project (AALP) in Concert @...

May 16, 2010

New School John Coltrane Repertory Ensemble (Directed by Reggie...

July 17, 2009

Trio 3 (Oliver Lake / Reggie Workman / Andrew Cyrille) @ Barnes &...

March 05, 2009

Announcing the Winners of the Origin Records "Hal Galper/Reggie...

March 05, 2009

Enter the Origin Records "Hal Galper/Reggie Workman/Rashied Ali -...

December 13, 2008

Reggie Workman's New School Annual Dual Concerts, December 15 @ The New...

April 27, 2008

The New School Standards Ensemble, Directed by Reggie Workman, Wed,...

April 27, 2008

The New School Standards Ensemble, Directed by Reggie Workman, Wed,...

April 27, 2008

The New School Standards Ensemble, Directed by Reggie Workman, Wed,...

March 30, 2008

The New School Presents Reggie Workman's Wed Improv Ensemble @ Sweet...

March 30, 2008

The New School Presents Reggie Workman's Wed Improv Ensemble @ Sweet...

March 04, 2008

Trio 3 (Oliver Lake/Reggie Workman/Andrew Cyrille) Plus Special Guest,...

March 04, 2008

Trio 3 (Oliver Lake/Reggie Workman/Andrew Cyrille) Plus Special Guest,...

December 13, 2007

The New School Annual Dual Presentation Concerts (Dir. by Reggie...

December 13, 2007

The New School Annual Dual Presentation Concerts (Dir. by Reggie...

December 13, 2007

The New School Annual Dual Presentation Concerts (Dir. by Reggie...

November 18, 2007

Ali/Galper/Workman - Final Concerts of Reggie Workman's Sculptured...

November 18, 2007

Ali/Galper/Workman - Final Concerts of Reggie Workman's Sculptured...

November 18, 2007

Ali/Galper/Workman - Final Concerts of Reggie Workman's Sculptured...

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