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This was an incredible chance to sit down with a living legend of music: Reggie Workman.

Reggie will be celebrated at the the 2020 NEA Jazz Masters Tribute concert tonight. Watch here

In 1961, Workman joined the John Coltrane Quartet, replacing Steve Davis. He was present for the saxophonist’s Live at the Village Vanguard sessions, and also recorded with a second bassist (Art Davis) on the 1961 albums, OlĂ© Coltrane and Africa/Brass. Workman recorded frequently through the 1960s and performed with such icons as Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, Thelonious Monk, Max Roach, Freddie Hubbard, Lee Morgan, Eric Dolphy, Gigi Gryce, Booker Little, Roy Haynes, Wayne Shorter, Red Garland, James Moody, Abbey Lincoln, Alice Coltrane, Booker Ervin, Horace Silver, Benny Golson, Cedar Walton, Elvin Jones, McCoy Tyner, Curtis Fuller, Yusef Lateef, Pharoah Sanders, Herbie Mann, Archie Shepp, Clifford Jordan, Bobby Hutcherson, Sonny Fortune, Billy Harper, and David Murray.

Reggie continues to push boundaries and create great work with Trio 3 and his own ensembles, with the top artists in Jazz and new music.

We got this lucky chance to speak with him because the Brooklyn Raga Massive performed A Love Supreme with Reggie Workman on June 9th as part of their Wall to Wall: John Coltrane Event.  

Published by David Ellenbogen

I am a musician, producer, educator and NYC radio host.