“[Reid’s] luscious sound and buoyant swing can levitate an ensemble clear off the bandstand.”
—The New Yorker
We are thrilled to welcome Rufus Reid back to the SJW faculty! Rufus spent a lot of summers here at SJW, performing at the Festival, and teaching at Jazz Camp and Jazz Institute.
And how lucky we are to have him: He’s one of the world’s great bassists, a true legend, having performed and recorded 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.
Rufus is also a pioneer in jazz education, having co-founded the famous Jazz Studies and Performance Bachelor of Music Program at William Paterson University. His book, The Evolving Bassist (Myriad Limited, 1974), was a ground-breaking work and is still one of the standard references for double bass methodology.
As a composer, Rufus has received the prestigious John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship and The MacDowell Colony Grant, among other awards. His 2014 release, Quiet Pride – The Elizabeth Catlett Project , received two Grammy Nominations; for Best Large Jazz Ensemble and for Best Instrumental Composition.
You couldn’t ask for a more experienced, accomplished, and well-rounded bassist to spend a week with this summer!