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Rufus Reid
Rufus Reid (born February 10, 1944 in Atlanta, Georgiamarker) is an American jazz bassist, educator, and composer. He lives in Teaneck, New Jerseymarker.

Personal history

Rufus Reid was raised in Sacramento, Californiamarker 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, Washingtonmarker, where he began serious study with James Harnett of the Seattle Symphony. He continued his education at Northwestern Universitymarker in Evanston, Illinoismarker, 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 Citymarker. 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 Francemarker. His colleagues include Thad Jones, Nancy Wilson, Eddie Harris and Bob Berg


As leader

As sideman

With Jack DeJohnette With The Thad Jones/ Mel Lewis Orchestra With Dexter Gordon


  • The Evolving Bassist(1974) (2nd Edition:ISBN 9780967601502)

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