Reggie Workman

Reggie Workman

Fellow: Awarded 2020
Field of Study: Music Composition

Competition: US & Canada

Reggie, a “Sound Scientist” is a composer, and educator extraordinaire (New School Jazz), and a jazz advocate whose style ranges from Bop, Post Bop and beyond. Reggie is recognized as one of the most technically gifted American avant-garde jazz and hard bop double bassists. He is a 2020 recipient for the National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters Fellowship.

He is best known for his work with John Coltrane, Art Blakey Jazz Messengers, Eric Dolphy, Lee Morgan, Booker Little, Yusef Lateef, Alice Coltrane, Freddy Hubbard, Wayne Shorter, Cecil Taylor, Mal Waldron, Abby Lincoln, Jeanne Lee, Marilyn Crispell, Max Roach, David Murray, Oliver Lake, Cecil Taylor, Black Swan String Quartet, Ernie Watts, Sonny Simmons, and many others. He leads Top Shelf, The Reggie Workman Ensemble, Groove Ship and Workman Workz. He is collaborating with Brooklyn Raga Masters, Trio Three, and records with trio Brew. In 80’s he started composing for dance and theater. The latest was music for Dos Worlds. His recordings “Summit Conference” & “Cerebral Caverns” and “Great Friends Project” are sure to become classic. The Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation and the African-American Historical and Cultural Museum of Philadelphia named him a Living Legend.

Awarded jointly with Maya Milenovic Workman.

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Photo Credit: Richard Köhler

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