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March 2019
March 1-4 Rufus Reid in Little Rock, AR

I have been asked to create a Symphonic arrangement of Chris Parker’s and Kelley Hurt”s “No Tears Suite,” a combined jazz & symphonic chamber ensemble.

Therefore I will be in Little Rock for a few days, doing workshops,
hosted by Brian Blade at the Episcopal Collegiate School
and performing the No Tears Suite by Chris Parker & Kelley Hurt.

Mar 2, 2019, 8:00pm the No Tears Suite will be performed at
The Mosaic Templars Cultural Center

501 W. 9th Street
Little Rock, AR 72201
(501) 683-3593

Mar 3, 2019, 3:00pm the No Tears Suite will be performed at:
Central High School /auditorium

810 W Markham
Little Rock, AR 72201

Mosaic Templars Cultural Center
No Tears Suite by Chris Parker & Kelley Hart
501 W. Ninth Street
Little Rock, AR 72201
April 2019
April 12 Rufus at Duke University

I have been invited by John Brown to do a Mini-Residency at Duke.

I will be doing an Interview for WNCU Radio
Friday, April 12, 2019 ~ 10:30am.

Baldwin Auditorium
Duke Jazz Ensemble Concert
1336 Campus Drive
Durham, NC 27708
8:00 pm Concert
May 2019
May 16-18 Rufus Reid at ISJAC Conference

The ISJAC (the International Society for Jazz Arrangers & Composers) in cooperation with the University of Northern Colorado invites jazz composers, musicians, scholars, students, and music aficionados from around the world to participate in a unique forum in which they are able to connect, learn, and interact with other jazz composers/arrangers.

I will be attending this magical conference. I cannot tell you how inspiring it is.
This years featured guests: Ron Miles, Bill Frisell, Christine Jensen, Vince Mendoza, Darcy James Argue, & Chris Potter.

Contact: Chuck Owen –

Univerity of Northern Colorado
501 20th St.
Greeley, CO 80639
June 2019
June 6-14 Rufus Reid at Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute

Participation in the Program for Jazz is by invitation only. The Program for Jazz focuses on composition and small ensemble improvisation. Although part of the program focuses on performing a well-rehearsed concert, most of the days are spent rehearsing with a variety of individuals, learning how to perform well with changing personnel. All 15 fellows write original music in the program.

Billy Childs, Co-Program Director and Composer/Piano
Rufus Reid, Co-Program Director and Composer/Bass
Steve Wilson, Saxophone

Concert: Friday, June 14, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.
Bennet Gordon Hall

Concert: Bennet Gordon Hall, Ravinia
Southwest Corner of Ravinia, SouthWest Gate
Highland Park, IL 60035
6:00pm Concert
June 7 Bridges Competition Concert, Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute

Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute (RSMI) Announces
2nd Annual International Composition Competition
with $7,500 in Prizes and Performance at Ravinia

Submission deadline is Feb. 1, 2019

In celebration of the 30th anniversary of Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute (RSMI) last summer, Ravinia launched a competition for composers who could fuse the worlds of jazz and classical music. Due to its success, Ravinia, with the support of DownBeat magazine, is now calling for submissions to the second annual “Bridges” international jazz and classical fusion composition competition, overseen by legendary pianist Billy Childs and double-bassist Rufus Reid, who co-direct the RSMI Jazz Program. Up to three winners will receive the David Baker Prize, named in recognition of the first RSMI Jazz director. The prize includes $2,500 in cash plus the world-premiere performance of the winning piece during Ravinia’s 2019 season.

Billy Childs, Steve Wilson, and I will be here all week working with the young composers.

Concert: Bennett Gordon Hall is located in the John D. Harza Building, at the southwest corner of Ravinia, near the south gate.

Bennet Gordon Hall, Ravinia
Bridges Composition Concert
Southwest Corner of Ravinia, SouthWest Gate
Highland Park, IL 60035
7:30pm Concert