|Born||February 10, 1944|
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
|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.
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.
Reid has been a resident of Teaneck, New Jersey.
With Akira Tana
With Kenny Barron
With Jane Ira Bloom
With Kenny Burrell
With Donald Byrd
With George Cables
With Art Farmer
With Ricky Ford
With Stan Getz
With Dexter Gordon
With Eddie Harris
With Andrew Hill
With J. J. Johnson
With Lee Konitz
With Rob Schneiderman
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