REGGIE WORKMAN – Bassist, Composer, Arranger, Educator and Producer
Reggie Workman is an internationally acclaimed bassist, composer, educator and arts advocate whose playing styles have covered the range of modern music from Bop to Post–Bop and beyond. He’s known as one of the most technically gifted bassists in modern jazz. He has recorded with such greats as John Coltrane, Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, Thelonius Monk, Freddie Hubbard, Wayne Shorter and many more. Workman also has an extensive performing and recording credits.
An ardent advocate for the arts, Workman co-founded The Collective Black Artist Collective and served as Music Director of the famed New Muse Community Museum in Brooklyn. In the 1980s he also began forming his own ensembles, producing and composing his own brand of "futuristic music," and collaborating with musicians such as Butch Morris, Marilyn Crispell, Cecil Taylor, David Murray and TRIO 3 (with Oliver Lake and Andrew Cyrille). In recent years, he has recorded frequently with TRIO 3 (new release Time Being); other noted CDs include Summit Conference and Cerebral Caverns. In recent years, he has continued forging new musical ground with BREW (Miya Masaoka & Gerry Hemingway), Sam Rivers, Jason Moran and other futuristic, kindred spirits.
Presently, Workman is a professor and Coordinator of Curriculum at the New School For Jazz Contemporary Music. He conducts music education workshops, tours regularly in the US and internationally, and under his production company, Sculptured Sounds LLC, produces his own ensembles and is the Founder/Producer of the Sculptured Sounds Music Festival.
FRANCINA CONNORS - Vocalist/Composer, Co-Founder/Production Coordinator
Francina Connors first came to jazz at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. She has established herself on the New York scene leading her own groups at such noted clubs as Birdland and Smalls. She contributes her wide range and keen sense of harmony to a rich diet of music from Spirituals, to Classical, R& B, Caribbean, even South-African music. She has performed Off-Broadway and internationally. She has also recorded and/or performed with the jazz stalwarts including Benny Powell and the late Joe Knight and Britt Woodman, as well as with emerging artists such as Jason Moran and Eric Lewis.
To Sculptured Sounds, Francina brings an extensive business background. She worked on Wall Street, obtained her broker’s licenses and working at such noted firms as Merrill Lynch and Oppenheimer. Musicwise, besides performing, Francina worked as paralegal secretary to noted entertainment lawyer, M. William Krasilovsky, author of the music "bible," This Business of Music, and administratively at several labels. Through her family business, The Cinarae Group, she has worked on publicity/promotion campaigns and materials for emerging artists, clubs and organizations.
Francina's interest in music composition and copyrights lead her to assisting Mr. Workman on his music copyrights. Subsequently, she has joined Mr. Workman on other projects including cataloging, developing a jazz workshop and discography, as well as co-founding and developing the Sculptured Sounds Festival. She is also Production Coordinator for the festival.