Reggie Workman

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Reggie Workman
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Workman in 2016
Background information
Birth nameReginald Workman
Born (1937-06-26) June 26, 1937 (age 86)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Genres Jazz, avant-garde jazz, hard bop
Occupation(s)Musician, composer
Instrument(s)Double bass
Labels Soul Note, Evidence, Baybridge, Prestige, Postcards, Leo, Music & Arts

Reginald "Reggie" Workman (born June 26, 1937, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) [1] is an American avant-garde jazz and hard bop double bassist, recognized for his work with both John Coltrane and Art Blakey.



Early in his career, Workman worked in jazz groups led by Gigi Gryce, [2] Donald Byrd, Duke Jordan and Booker Little. In 1961, Workman joined the John Coltrane Quartet, [2] replacing Steve Davis. He was present for the saxophonist's Live at the Village Vanguard sessions, and also recorded with a second bassist (Art Davis) on the 1961 album, Olé Coltrane . Workman left Coltrane's group at the end of the year, following a European tour.

In 1962, Workman joined Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers [2] (replacing long-time Blakey bassist Jymie Merritt), and worked alongside Freddie Hubbard, Wayne Shorter, and Cedar Walton for most of his time in the Jazz Messengers. Workman left Blakey's group in 1964. [2]

Workman also played with James Moody, Yusef Lateef, Pharoah Sanders, Herbie Mann and Thelonious Monk. [2] He has recorded with Archie Shepp, Lee Morgan and David Murray. [1] Workman, with pianist Tommy Flanagan and drummer Joe Chambers, formed The Super Jazz Trio in 1978. [3]

As of 2016, he was [4] a professor at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York City, and was a member of the group, Trio 3, with Oliver Lake and Andrew Cyrille.

Personal life

Workman has been a resident of Montclair, New Jersey. [5] [6]

Honors and awards

In 1997, Workman was named as the recipient of a Life Achievement Award by the Jazz Foundation of America and was awarded a citation of excellence by the International Association of Jazz Educators. [7] In 1999, the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation presented him with its Living Legacy Award. [8] In 2020, he received a Guggenheim Fellowship in music composition [9] and was named an NEA Jazz Master. [7]


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Workman at Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society, Half Moon Bay CA 4/2/89

As leader/co-leader

With Trio Transition

With Trio 3

As sideman

With Juhani Aaltonen

With Roy Ayers

With Gary Bartz

With Art Blakey

With Hamiet Bluiett

With The Bridgewater Brothers

With Roy Brooks

With Marion Brown

With Donald Byrd

With Don Byron

With Steve Cohn

With Earl Coleman

With Johnny Coles

With Adegoke Steve Colson

With Alice Coltrane

With John Coltrane

With Stanley Cowell

With Marilyn Crispell

With Andrew Cyrille

With Sussan Deyhim

With Bill Dixon

With Eric Dolphy

With Booker Ervin

With Mario Escalera

With Chris Fagan

With Art Farmer

With Sonny Fortune

With Hal Galper

With Grant Green

With Gigi Gryce

With Billy Harper

With Andrew Hill

With Terumasa Hino

With Takehiro Honda

With Freddie Hubbard

With Bobby Hutcherson

With The Jazz Composer's Orchestra

With Elvin Jones

With Clifford Jordan

With Duke Jordan

With Oliver Lake

With Yusef Lateef

With Booker Little

With Living Colour

With Herbie Mann

With Miya Masaoka

With Cristina Mazza

With Ken McIntyre

With Roscoe Mitchell

With Grachan Moncur III

With James Moody

With Lee Morgan

With David Murray

With New York Art Quartet

With Dave Pike

With Sam Rivers

With Max Roach

With Charlie Rouse

With Hilton Ruiz

With Pharoah Sanders

With Ellen May Shashoyan

With Archie Shepp

With Wayne Shorter

With Sonny Simmons

With Heiner Stadler

With Sonny Stitt

With Monnette Sudler

With Aki Takase

With Horace Tapscott

With John Tchicai and Andrew Cyrille

With Charles Tolliver

With Mickey Tucker

With Edward Vesala

With Mal Waldron

With Cedar Walton

With Tyrone Washington

With Richard Williams

With Frank Wright

With Attila Zoller

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