Music Education Monday: A rhythm section workshop with bassist Rufus Reid


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Today for Music Education Monday, you can watch the veteran bassist Rufus Reid as he leads a workshop in jazz rhythm section performance with students at Loyola University New Orleans.

A California native, the 71-year-old Reid (pictured) studied music at Northwestern University and began his professional career in Chicago before moving in 1976 to New York City.

He's recorded 17 albums as a leader, and worked with well-known musicians including Eddie Harris, Stan Getz, Art Farmer, J.J. Johnson, Dexter Gordon, Jack DeJohnette, Andrew Hill, and many more.

Reid also is a veteran educator who taught jazz studies and performance for 20 years at William Paterson University in New Jersey, where he still serves as professor emeritus. He's also been a popular clinician and guest instructor at many other colleges, universities, and jazz camps, and wrote the book The Evolving Bassist, first published in 1974 and still used by many bass teachers.

You can see the video of Reid's workshop, recorded in 2009 and presented in two parts.

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This story appears courtesy of St. Louis Jazz Notes by Dean Minderman.
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