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Rufus Reid with the WVU Big Band

Rufus Reid

Mar. 22 at 7:30 p.m.

Lyell B. Clay Concert Theatre

School of Music | Get Tickets: Adult: $20, WVU STUDENT/SENIOR: $10, CHILD: $5


Rufus Reid is one of a handful of true renaissance figures in the arts. The bassist and composer continues with an active presence in the jazz world since the 1970s. He has recorded more than a dozen albums as a leader, over 400 recordings as a sideman. His latest 2017 Newvelle Records release, Terrestrial Dance, is on vinyl. You can listen to Rufus on recordings with Dexter Gordon, Andrew Hill, The Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Quartet, Kenny Barron, Stan Getz, J. J. Johnson, Lee Konitz, Jack DeJohnette and many others. Reid has written for jazz ensembles of varying sizes, solo bass and two symphonic works and concert band. In 2017, the American Composer’s Forum commissioned him to compose for the

Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble eight-piece chamber ensemble, which was premiered in July 2018. His reputation as an educator is equal to that of his musical achievements. His book The Evolving Bassist (Myriad Limited, 1974) remains an industry standard for double bass methodology. Reid and Dr. Martin Krivin created the Jazz Studies and Performance Program at William Paterson University where he taught as Director for twenty years. In 2008, Rufus received the prestigious John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship for composition. His 2014 release, Quiet Pride – The Elizabeth Catlett Project, received two Grammy Nominations; for Best Large Jazz Ensemble and for Best Instrumental Composition. Rufus Reid continues to be the Evolving Bassist!


Reid will be joined by WVU jazz students for this performance in coordination with the WVU Mountaineer Honor Jazz Festival.

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