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R Rufus Reid
Rufus Reid
Born February 10, 1944 (age 73)
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
Origin Chicago, Illinois
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Bass
Years active 1976–present
Labels Motéma, Sunnyside, Atlantic, Soul Note, Evidence, Concord
Associated acts Art Farmer
Rufus Reid (born February 10, 1944, in Atlanta, Georgia) is an American jazz bassist, educator, and composer.[1]

1 Biography
2 Discography
2.1 As leader
2.2 As sideman
3 Books
4 Contributions to education
5 Awards and honors
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's major professional career began in Chicago and continues since 1976 in New York City. Playing with hundreds of the world's greatest musicians, he is famously the bassist that saxophonist Dexter Gordon chose when he returned to the states from his decade-long exile in Denmark. His colleagues include Thad Jones, Nancy Wilson, Eddie Harris, and Bob Berg.

As leader
Hues of a Different Blue (Motéma)
Out Front (Motéma)
Live at the Kennedy Center (Motéma)
The Gait Keeper (Sunnyside)
Perpetual Stroll (Theresa)
Seven Minds (Sunnyside)
Corridor To The Limits (Sunnyside)
Myrth Song, with Harold Danko
Yours and Mine (Concord)
Passing Thoughts (Concord)
Blue Motion (Evidence)
Looking Forward (Evidence)
Back to Front (Evidence)
Double Bass Delights, with Michael Moore (Double-Time)
Intimacy of the Bass, with Michael Moore (Double-Time)
Song for Luis, with Ron Jackson (Mastermix)
Alone Together, with Peter Ind (Wave)
As sideman
With Kenny Barron

Autumn in New York (Uptown, 1984)
The Moment (Reservoir, 1991)
Other Places (Verve, 1993)
Spirit Song (Verve, 1999)
With Roni Ben-Hur

Fortuna (2008)
With Kenny Burrell

Listen to the Dawn (Muse, 1980 [1983])
Ellington a la Carte (Muse, 1983 [1993])
A la Carte (Muse, 1983 [1985])
With Jack DeJohnette

Album Album (ECM, 1984)
With Art Farmer

Nostalgia (Baystate, 1983) with Benny Golson
You Make Me Smile (Soul Note, 1984)
Something to Live For: The Music of Billy Strayhorn (Contemporary, 1987)
Blame It on My Youth (Contemporary, 1988)
Ph.D. (Contemporary, 1989)
With Stan Getz

Anniversary! (EmArcy, 1987 [1989])
Serenity (Emarcy, 1987 [1991])
With Dexter Gordon

The Chase! (Prestige, 1970) with Gene Ammons
Manhattan Symphonie (1978)
With Eddie Harris

Instant Death (Atlantic, 1971)
Eddie Harris Sings the Blues (Atlantic, 1972)
Excursions (Atlantic, 1966–73)
Is It In (Atlantic, 1973)
I Need Some Money (Atlantic, 1974)
Bad Luck Is All I Have (Atlantic, 1975)
With Jimmy Heath

New Picture (Landmark, 1985)
With Andrew Hill

Shades (1986)
Eternal Spirit (1989)
With the Jazztet

Nostalgia (Baystate, 1983)
With J. J. Johnson

Quintergy (1988)
Standards (1988)
Let's Hang Out (1992)
The Brass Orchestra (1996)
Heroes (1998)
With Lee Konitz

Figure & Spirit (Progressive, 1976)
Ideal Scene (1986)
With Maulawi

Maulawi (Strata)
With Billy Mitchell

De Lawd's Blues (Xanadu, 1980)
With Tete Montoliu
A Spanish Treasure (Concord Jazz, 1991)
With Michel Sardaby

Going Places (Sound Hills, 1989)
With John Stubblefield

Confessin' (Soul Note, 1984)
With The Thad Jones/ Mel Lewis Orchestra

It Only Happens Every Time (1977)
With Jon Irabagon

Obsever (2009)
The Evolving Bassist (1974) (2nd edition: ISBN 978-0-9676015-0-2)
Contributions to education
Jamey Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshops
Stanford Jazz Workshop
The Lake Placid Institute
Professor Emeritus,[2] William Paterson University, Jazz Studies and Performance program (1979–1999)
The "Richard Davis Foundation for Young Bassists" Annual Bass Conference
The Sligo Jazz Project
Bass Coalition Summer Workshop
Awards and honors
1997 Humanitarian Award, International Association for Jazz Education (IAJE)
1998 Jazz Educator Achievement Award, Bass Player
1999 Outstanding Educator, New Jersey Chapter of the IAJE
2001 Distinguished Achievement Award, International Society of Bassists
2005 Mellon Jazz Living Legacy Award, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation
2006 Award, Raymond and Beverly Sackler Composition Competition, administered by University of Connecticut
2006 Fellowship, New Jersey State Council on the Arts
2006 ASCAP/IAJE Strayhorn Commission Recipient
2008 Guggenheim Fellowship, Creative Arts/Music Composition category[3]
Charlie Parker Jazz Composition Award ("Skies Over Emilia")