Rufus Reid

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Rufus Reid is not only a great bassist, but also an outstanding teacher. I am impreesed by how rapidly he can assess one's ability and need and in one lesson give a student enough meat to work on for the next year. His book "The Evolving Bassist" is a must for the library of every serious bassist.                

When it comes to his playing, Rufus knows how to choose the notes that sound good. His compositions make for great listening.  Wayne Shorter has been credeited with saying "I always think of music as interior decoration. So, if you have all kinds of music, you are fully decorated!"  Appying this concept to Rufus Reid, from classical to jazz, he is well decorated.

                                                                                                       Wayne Grosvenor


Rufus Reid 

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Rufus Reid (born February 10, 1944 in Atlanta, Georgia) is an American jazz bassist, educator, and composer. He lives in Teaneck, New Jersey.[1]   Personal history 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'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 France. His colleagues include Thad Jones, Nancy Wilson, Eddie Harris and Bob Berg.


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  1. ^ Beckerman, Jim. "Ben-Hur flavors his jazz with Middle Eastern spice", The Record (Bergen County), July 17, 2005. Accessed August 7, 2007. "Luckily, pianist John Hicks, drummer Leroy Williams, percussionist Steve Kroon and celebrated Teaneck bassist Rufus Reid were happy to go where Ben-Hur led."
  2. ^ William Paterson University Senate Minutes
  3. ^ The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation