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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  fo r 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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