SUNDAY, OCTOBER 31 & MONDAY, NOVEMBER 1 & TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 2 TULA’S, 7:30PM
Rufus Reid Trio
$12 general, $10 members/seniors, $5 students Call 206-443-4221 for reservations.
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 1 PONCHO CONCERT HALL, Noon
Workshop with Rufus Reid
Free and open to the public
An accomplished sideman, a visionary educator, and a composer of note, bassist Rufus Reid possesses one of the richest and most generous tones in jazz today. Having been the bassist of choice for dozens of major artists, including Dexter Gordon, Thad Jones, and Nancy Wilson, Rufus Reid here leads his own trio of Steve Allee and percussionist Duduka Da Fonseca for three music-packed nights at Tula’s.
Born in Atlanta, GA in 1944, Rufus Reid came of age in Sacramento, California where he played the trumpet in junior high and high school. Upon graduation Reid entered the United States Air Force as a trumpet player, where he first became seriously interested in the bass. After completing his term in the Air Force, Reid moved to Seattle to study bass with James Harnett of the Seattle Symphony, and he went on to study bass performance at Northwestern University.
Reid himself became, of course, one of the premiere bass educators of the last thirty years. His commitment to education and communicating the history of jazz is second to none. Indeed, it is hardly possible to separate his exuberance on the bandstand from his work as an educator, and his performances and lectures serve this common goal. As Dr. Billy Taylor has noted: “Look at who he’s taught, now stars in their own right, and other instrumentalists who’ve benefited from the wealth of information he communicates as second nature. As a leader, he knows just how to pace a program to satisfy an audience and musicians. He reaches out and touches people – his playing is infectious. The fun starts with him on the bandstand and spills over to the audience.”
As an improvisor, Reid is certainly a genius. His long-standing band with drummer Akira Tana, TanaReid, was one of the most exciting post-bop bands of the 90s, and amazingly, Reid has only improved since. His newest release Out Front with Allee and Da Fonseca is a powerful and refreshing blast of modern piano trio. Released in March of 2010, Out Front is a celebration of the trio’s terrific chemistry and the immense joy shared between the musicians and their audience. Inspiration fills every crevice of the music, and the band sounds all too happy to stretch “far beyond the bebop boundaries,” as Reid observes in his liner notes. Reid is a democratic leader, and Allee and Da Fonseca respond to Reid’s music with some of their finest individual performances. Reid knows when to grab the spotlight, though, as in his powerful bass solo improvisations: Reid may be one of the few who can command extended attention in the form.
One of the great bassists in jazz history, performing for three nights at the top of his game, on his own terms.