Reggie Workman

Legendary Bassist • Composer • Ardent Advocate of Arts Education • Founder/Producer

Reggie Workman Legendary Bassist Composer Ardent Advocate of Arts Education


A legendary bassist, Reggie Workman is highly regarded as a bass player’s bass player. Workman’s playing styles cover the range of modern music from Bop to Post-Bop, to Futuristic, incorporating a contemporary approach to jazz improvisation and composition. His uncanny ability to equally understand and share musical ideas with such diverse musicians as Art Blakey on one side and Cecil Taylor on the other is stunning. As a result, Workman has invented his own language of sound and expression as a performer and composer.

An ardent advocate of arts education, Workman is a Professor and Coordinator of Curriculum at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Studies, an institution recognized around the world as one of the greatest schools for jazz education:

"With a faculty of accomplished professionals, it is safe to say that no program is a better example of students (new to the Jazz experience) being able to learn from the source."

Reggie Workman has always been active in music outreach and education to the community. He co-founded the historic Collective Black Artists (CBA), and was Music Director of the famous New Muse Community Center (Brooklyn, NY). He is presently Co-Director of The Montclair Academy of Dance & Laboratory of Music Studio and Founder/Producer of the Sculptured Sounds Music Festival, an artist-driven festival of futuristic music and concepts.

Workman has performed and recorded with giants of jazz including John Coltrane, Art Blakely, Eric Dolphy, Max Roach, Abbey Lincoln, Cecil Taylor, Mal Waldron, Archie Shepp, Sam Rivers, Trio 3 and Great Friends as well as emerging jazz legends such Jason Moran. He established himself as a bandleader and composer in the 70's when he first presented his stellar group, Top Shelf. Since then, Workman has continued developing new music arts curriculums and workshops and presenting various Reggie Workman ensembles under the umbrella of his production company, Sculptured Sounds, in the United States and internationally.

Other Reggie Workman "Happenings" in January, 2007

The music never stops for this legendary musician. Catch him this month at:

  • Jan. 23rd — George Lewis (electronics & trombone) with Reggie Workman (contrabass)
    The Stone, Ave. C at 2nd St., NYC, 8pm, $10
  • Jan. 25th — Harlem Speaks: Bassist Reggie Workman presented by the Jazz Museum in Harlem
    104 E. 126th St. (between Park & Lex.), NYC, 6:30-8:30pm, free
    For reservations: (212) 348-8300

Comments from Festival Producer, Reggie Workman:

The Sculptured Sounds Music Festival is an exciting four-concert series of performances showcasing the many sides of Futuristic Music and concepts. Under the umbrella of Sculptured Sounds, I've "sculpted" an eclectic line-up of artists, some in unique configurations that, heretofore, I only imagined combining. The festivities started off with the well-received  "Preview Concert," December 10th, 2006 with subsequent weekly concerts to be held every Sunday in February 2007 at Saint Peter's Church. As connoisseurs of great music and innovative art, you'll want to be present for each one of these memorable performances.

Each week consists of a demonstration/lecture, opening act and a headlining act(s). The opening and featured act(s) perform in the Sanctuary while just outside in "The Living Room," you'll find a multi-disciplinary experience of music-related demonstrations/lectures, artwork by musicians (The Preview Concert featured the artwork of Musician/Artists Oliver Lake & Dick Griffin and an Art/Sound Improvisationalist, Umberto Grati), listening stations and vending opportunities for participating artists. The host for the concerts is ABC's "Like It Is" host, Gill Noble.

This is a project whose time is NOW. I realized cognized the dearth of performing opportunities for such talented artists and, as of this writing, the full series of concerts will employ over 80 artists (see Schedule). In less than two weeks of
contacting the selected artists, over 90% had confirmed. Besides Oliver Lake and Dick Griffin, confirmed artists include such noted artists as Stanley Cowell, Amiri Baraka, Jason Hwang, Billy Hart, Charles Gayle and Sonny Fortune.

It is indeed my pleasure to realize that this artist-driven initiative can happen because of the belief and support from our community of arts patrons and all of the wonderful artists and other participants who joined this effort with the spirit

We've chosen to dedicate this effort to the memory of the late Jimmy Vass (1937-2006) who devoted his life to the growth of aspiring musicians.

All this translates to the presentation of The Sculptured Sounds Music Festival, and, most importantly, that unique creative element which has been sorely missed from the roster of more mainstream productions.

Thank you in advance for your support.  Looking forward to seeing you at the concerts.

All the best,
Reggie Workman