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June 2020
June 1-5 Bridges Competition Concert, Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute

Canceled Due to COVID-19 pandemic

Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute Program for Jazz is pleased to announce the return of the jazz and classical fusion composition competition Bridges, awarding the David Baker Prize to young artists for new works written for string quartet and jazz trio.

Up to three winners will be selected, and each winner will be awarded a prize of $2,500. Winners will have their compositions premiered in Ravinia’s Bennett Gordon Hall Friday, June 5, 2020.

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.

Bennett Gordon Hall, Ravinia
Bridges Composition Concert
Southwest Corner of Ravinia, SouthWest Gate
Highland Park, IL 60035
June 1 Rufus Reid ~ The Jazz Master Summit

June 15-19. 2020

Leading Jazz Musicians and Educators share their history, wisdom, and insights, through a collection of well-produced video interviews. And much more!

Watch the interviews FREE on the day they’re released ~ June 15-19, 2020
(My interview is released June 15)
pay $20 for an unlimited All-Access Pass (see them forever)
take part in the live events, contests, giveaways, and other cool stuff.

Register Now! Immediately!! Plan your week of viewing!
Jazz Master Summit

I am honored and delighted to be part of this Summit.
This is the most beautifully produced interview series I have ever been part of.
For the price of the ticket you gain access to other events that week such as live speakers on music, how musicians can best use new technology, live events, contests, give-a-ways, and access to a private Facebook group.

June 3 Rufus Reid with Live From Our Living Rooms

Creative Summit and Fundraiser

1:00 pm – 2:00pm EDT
Zoom Master Class

Organizers Sirintip, Thana Alexa, and Owen Broder created Live From Our Living Rooms in response to the COVID-19 pandemic as performances were cancelled and venues closed indefinitely. Live From Our Living Rooms offers a platform for creative exchange designed to help fill the gap for struggling musicians by providing paid performance and teaching opportunities to professional artists that raise relief funds and brings the joy of music live-streamed from NYC artists’ homes to audiences anywhere in the world.

live From Our Living Rooms

1:00pm EDT
June 4-12 Rufus Reid at Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute

Canceled Due to COVID-19 Pandemic

Zoom Masterclasses will be held June 8-12, 2:00-4:00pm
This year’s recipients will be first call for next year!

The one-week Program for Jazz at Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute is a unique summer program for young professional musicians that focuses upon composition and performance. Days are spent rehearsing in quintets, studying composition with the faculty, and learning how to perform with ever-changing personnel. All fellows write original music as a cornerstone of the program. Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute fosters a supportive, non-competitive environment for study and performance, with participants from around the world creating a distinctive jazz community.

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.
Bennett Gordon Hall

Concert: Bennett Gordon Hall, Ravinia
Southwest Corner of Ravinia, SouthWest Gate
Highland Park, IL 60035
June 27 Rufus Reid at The International Online Bass Summit

The International Online Bass Summit is a collaborative effort among artistic directors Barry Green and Jason Heath, the International Society of Bassists, and the Society for Online Music Education.

Events EST for 1 hour
11:30am – 12:30pm
Playing Versus Presenting ~ Who Are You? by Rufus Reid

4:00pm – 5:00pm
Panel Discussion ~ Music Business and Entrepreneurship
with Gene Perla, Geoff Neuman, Barry Green, David Murray, Jason Heath, Lloyd Goldstein, and Rufus Reid

Connect — Network with bass players from all over the world in a shared experience, entirely online. Get to know some of your bass heroes.

Learn — With lectures, workshops, and masterclasses for all levels of player you can’t help but learn something new.

Experience — Be part of something unparalleled in the online space: a highly interactive and engaging opportunity.

Proceeds from this event will be donated to the International Society of Bassists educational programs.

International Online Bass Summit

July 2020
July 11-17 Rufus Reid at The Milton J. Hinton Institute for Studio Bass

Canceled Due to the COVID-19 pandemic

This is a a weeklong residential program open to bass students, ages 13-21, of all ability levels and for musical genres from jazz to classical.

There is a long list of Institute Faculty and Guests that I am honored to be standing with.
Check it out!

Oberlin Conservatory of Music
Milt Hinton Institute
39 W. College St
Oberlin, OH 44074