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April 2019
April 26 Rufus Reid Trio at Fiesta Jazz Festival, San Antonio, TX

We are excited to return to The Fiesta Jazz Festival.
It has been 10 years since this trio performed there!
Rufus Reid – Bass
Steve Allee – Piano
Duduka Da Fonseca – drums

The Rufus Reid “Our Front” CD was recorded following this appearance.

Saturday I will be giving a clinic.

St. Mary's University
Fiesta Jazz Festival
One Camino Santa Maria
San Antonio , TX 78228
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
July 2019
July 19-20 Rufus Reid ~ Artist in Residence ~ WPU Summer Jazz Workshop

I am happy to be appearing at William Paterson University’s Summer Jazz Workshop. I will be doing some Clincs/workshops on Thursday, July 18.
Concert Friday night, July 19.
I am delighted to mention that Freddie Hendrix and Sam Sadigursky graduated from William Paterson University!

Rufus Reid – bass
Sullivan Fortner – piano
Freddie Hendrix – trumpet
Sam Sadigursky – Saxophones
E.J. Strickland – drums

Shea Auditorium
WPU Summer Jazz Workshop
300 Pompton Road 973-720-2000
Wayne, NJ 07470
7:30pm Concert
October 2019
October 4 The Frank Kimbrough Quartet plays MONK at The Angra Jazz Festival, Azores

Frank Kimbrough formed this Quartet to record all the compositions (70) of Thelonious Monk. Sunnyside Communications released “MONK’S DREAMS: The complete Compositions of Thelonious Sphere Monk,” 2018, as a 6-CD Box Set.

Frank Kimbrough – Piano
Scott Robinson – Saxophones, Trumpet & Sarrusophone
Rufus Reid – Bass
Billy Drummond – Drums

Performances will be held in the new Centro Cultural e de Congressos de Angra do Heroísmo, an old bullfight ring transformed into a cultural center. The semi circular auditorium turns into a big jazz club!

Centro Cultural e de Congressos de Angra do Heroísmo
Angra Jazz Festival International
Angra do Heroismo
Terceira Island, Azores, Portugal
11:30pm concert