Reggie Workman

jazz bassist, composer, and educator



Sound Sculptor

When The Mind Also Dances 

Reggie Workman is recognized as one of the most original and technically gifted bassists in jazz and American contemporary music. A native of Philadelphia, Reggie grew up beside Lee Morgan and Archie Shepp and began his professional career in the late 1950’s. Reggie is a multi-faceted bassist, bandleader, composer, educator, producer, and soloist-composer with dancers & actors. His style spans from Post-Bop to Futuristic, incorporating a contemporary approach to jazz improvisation and composition. As a result, Workman has invented and “sculpted” his own “sound -specific-scape” and is currently writing music for Big Band with strings. Reggie tours, develops new music/art curricula, workshops, and presents widely varied configurations of the “Reggie Workman Sound.” Reggie Workman has been a faculty member and professor at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York City since 1987.

Three of Workman’s collaborations, which are sure to become classics: “Summit Conference” & “Cerebral Caverns” (Arkadia Records) “Great Friends Project” (Evidence Records).

In recognition of Reggie Workman’s national and international performance spanning over 50 years, he was named a Living Legend (African-American Historical and Cultural Museum in Philadelphia) the Eubie Blake Award (Brooklyn, NY), Living Legend (Mid Atlantic Award, Kennedy Center, Washington DC), to name a few.

Workman has recorded and performed with the giants of jazz, including John Coltrane, Art Blakey, Eric Dolphy, Max Roach, Gigi Gryce, Roy Haynes, Wayne Shorter, Freddie Hubbard, Red Garland, Abbey Lincoln, Alice Coltrane, Cecil Taylor, Mal Waldron, Sam Rivers, collaborations Trio 3 and Great Friends as well as emerging talents such as Jason Moran.  

In 2006, Workman co-founded and co-produced with Francina Connors the critically acclaimed Sculptured Sounds Music Festival, an artist-driven festival of futuristic concepts in music.

Currently Reggie is in pre-production to shoot a documentary film about his work, his reasons and his place in Jazz Music (with Ayana Workman, Jake De Nicola, Zachary Kirsimae, former and current students, and Maya M. Workman). Reggie is also collaborating on two autobiographical books about his life and work: “Sound Sculptor” and “When The Mind Also Dances.”


"The majority of people mistakenly feel like they don't need a live musical experience."

- Reggie Workman


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