Upcoming Performances

05/29/24 7:00 PM
New Jersey premier of “Wind & Sail”

I invite all of you to come to the Kaplan JCC on the Palisade to hear
The Spring Orchestra Concert.
Featuring: The Thurnauer Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Diego Garcia

I have had a long relationship with the JCC Thurnauer School of Music. I love what they do developing young musicians. I composed my String Orchestra piece, “Wind & Sail” with them in mind. This is my gift to them. Their concerts showcase their young students and should not be missed. I am really looking forward to hearing them perform my composition.

FREE! Join me! I will be there.

Taub AuditoriumJCC on the Palisade/ Thurnauer School of Music 411 East Clinton Avenue Tenafly, NJ
06/04 - 06/11/24
Rufus Reid at Ravinia Stean’s Music Institute/Bridges Composition Competition

I have had the privilege of being here since “Bridges” was conceived.  Three young people are chosen to come to The Steans Institute for a week to work with us to present their composition to be performed in Gordon Bennett Hall.  It is an intense and exciting time for all of us.  We are all ready for the concert when the day comes.

Don’t miss this!  It is truly special!

Concert:  June 11, 7:30 pm

phone 1-800-515-2171

Gordon Bennett Hall6th Annual Bridges Composition Competition On the grounds of Ravinia Highland Park, IL
06/09 - 06/18/24
Rufus Reid at Ravinias Steans Music Jazz Program

As always it is my pleasure to work with the young musicians coming this summer.  It is such a delight to see them grow, make connections and expand.  I have worked here long enough to find these young people performing with me professionally.

Program Overview

Concert:  June 18, 2024



06/16/24 7:00PM
Rufus Reid to Guest: Big Bands with Kurt Elling

Jazz In June

Big Bands with Kurt Elling
Featuring Rufus Reid

Adonis Rose & the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra
Orrin Evans & the Captain Black Big Band

Gates open:  5:00PM


PavilionRavinia's Jazz in June Festival Highland Park, IL
07/14 - 07/20/24
Rufus to teach at The Milt Hinton Institute for Bass 2024

I am delighted to be part of this Institute again. It is a wonderful experience for both students and teachers. Look at the line-up. The teachers are Internationally renowned performers and excellent teachers. It is always a pleasure working with the students at this workshop. They are young teenagers, and they come ready to learn.

This is the first time The Milt Hinton Institute for Studio Bass will be held at Montclair State University. The Institute has collaborated with NJPAC, which will give the Institute a broader exposure with their expertise. There is also availability for scholarships, if needed.

Come to the big celebration Concert on July 20, 2024

John J. Cali School of Music, Montclair State UniversityMilt Hinton Institute for Studio Bass 1 Normal Avenue Montclair, NJ

Past Performances

05/16 - 05/18/24
Rufus at ISJAC Conference
Blair School of MusicInternational Jazz Composers Symposium Nashville, TN
NJ Youth Symphony and Jazz Orchestra at NJPAC
Prudential HallNJPAC Newark,, NJ
The Rufus Reid Quartet performs at The Metuchen Library
Metuchen Public Library Community RoomThe Cornerstone Jazz Series Metuchen, NJ
Fox Lane High School Concert to include “Wind & Sail”
Suzanne Grant TheaterFox Lane Schools Bedford, NY
The J. J. Johnson Centennial – Nick Finzer
The Nash Phoenix, AZ
Max Roach Centennial Tribute
A Great Night in HarlemThe Apollo New York, NY
03/18 - 03/21/24
Rufus is The 2024 Gomez Artist in Residence at UNT
University of North TexasUNT Gomez Week Residency Denton, TX
Rufus honored with Lifetime Achievement Award by Wharton Arts
West Mount Country ClubWharton Arts Gala Woodland Park, NJ
Rufus at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama
Milton Court TheaterGuildhall Jazz Orchestra Concert London, England
My Composition being performed by North/South Consonance
Benzaquen HallThe Dimenna Center for Classical Music New York, NY
Rufus Reid and George Cables, together again!
John Birks Gillespie AuditoriumNYC Jazz Piano Festival NYC, NY
01/02 - 01/06/24
Rufus with The Scott Robinson Octet celebrating Frank Wess
The Main StageBirdland Jazz Club New York, NY
Rufus performing with The David Hazeltime Trio
SmokeSmoke Jazz Club New York, NY
Rufus Reid and Caelan Cardello
Our Lady of Consolation ChurchOur Lady of Consolation Church Wayne , New Jersey
Rufus Reid presents Caelan Cardello
Dizzy's ClubJazz at Lincoln Center New York, NY
11/17 - 10/17/23
Rufus with the UNC Jazz Combos
Moeser AuditoriumUNC Jazz Concerts Chapel Hill, NC
Rufus with UNC Jazz Faculty
Durham Sharp 9 GalleryUNC Jazz Faculty Concert Durham, NC
Rufus with The UNC Jazz Band
Moeser AuditoriumUNC Jazz Concerts Chapel Hill, NC
Rufus performs with Charles Tolliver/ Africa Brass!
Terrace TheaterJohn F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts WAshington, D.C., Wqshington, D.C.
Rufus hosts a Celebration of Eddie Harris
Dizzy's ClubJazz at Lincoln Center New York, NY
Rufus Reid, Billy Childs, Steve Wilson Combo with Kurt Elling at Ravinia
The Martin TheaterRavinia Highland Park, IL
08/25 - 08/27/23
Rufus’ Composition performed at The Appalachian Chamber Music Festival
Frank Center Stage at Shepherd UniversityAppalachian Chamber Music Festival Shepherdstown, WV
Rufus Reid & Expedition to perform at Pettoranello Gardens, Princeton, NJ
Pettoranello Gardens AmphitheaterBlue Curtain Presents Princeton, NJ
06/05 - 06/14/23
Rufus Reid at Ravinia’s Jazz Program
05/30 - 06/07/23
Rufus Reid at Ravinia Stean’s Music Institute/Bridges Competition
Bennett Gordon Hall5th Annual Bridges Composition Competition Highland Park, IL
“With Faith, Coming to Jones Road”
Anna Maria Ciccone TheaterBergen Community College Paramus, NJ
Rufus appears at WPU Celebration
Rufus with the Princeton Jazz’ Creative Large Ensemble
Richardson Auditorium, Alexander HallJazz at Princeton's Creative Large Ensemble Princeton, NJ
A Great Night In Harlem Gala
Rufus performs with The New York Youth Symphony
Rufus at Queens College, MasterClass and Concert
Room 264, Queens College, City Univ of NYRufus Reid Concert Flushing, NY
01/24 - 01/28/23
Rufus with Scott Robinson as “The Octet Celebrates Frank Wess”
Main StageBirdland Jazz Club New York, NY
Rufus Reid Quartet at the Wyckoff Public Library
Wyckoff Public Library, Shotmeyer Room Friends Holiday Concert Wyckoff, NJ
Rufus Reid honored at Giants of Jazz, SOPAC, South Orange, NJ
South Orange Performing Arts CenterGiants of Jazz South Orange, NJ
10/28 - 10/30/22
Rufus Reid Quintet at Dizzy’s Club, NYC
Dizzy's Club Coca Cola New York, NY
08/26 - 08/27/22
Rufus Reid Quintet at The Jazz Forum Arts
Jazz Forum Arts Tarrytown, NY
08/19 - 08/21/22
Rufus Reid with the Scott Robinson Quartet at Birdland
Birdland TheaterBirdland Jazz Club New York city, NY
Rufus Reid Quintet at the Telluride Jazz Festival
Telluride Town ParkTelluride Jazz Festival Telluride, CO
07/27 - 07/30/22
Rufus Reid at the 50th Anniversary of The Stanford Jazz Workshop
Dinkelspiel AuditoriumStanford Jazz Workshop Palo Alto, CA
Rufus Reid at the Louisville Jazz Workshop
University of LouisvilleLouisville Jazz Workshops Louisville, KY
06/03 - 06/10/22
Rufus Reid at Ravinia’s Jazz Program
05/30 - 06/03/22
Rufus Reid at Ravinia Stean’s Music Institute/Bridges Competition
Ravinia's Steans Music Institute4Th Annual Bridges Competition Highland Park, IL
05/12 - 05/14/22
International Jazz Composer’s Symposium 2022
Butler School of Music, Univ of Texas at AustinInternational Society of Jazz Arrangers and Composers Austin, TX
Rufus Reid at The Richard Davis Foundation for Young Bassists, UW-Madison
UW Hamel Music Center ~ Collins Recital HallRichar Davis Foundation for Young Bassists Madison, WI
Rufus Reid in Residence at the Univ of WI-Madison
UW Hamel Music Center ~ Collins Recital HallGuest Artist Series with Rufus Reid Madison, WI
04/04 - 04/05/22
Rufus Reid, Mentor, Arizona State University
Arizona State UniversityRavenscroft Jazz Resident Artist Program Tempe , AZ
The Palisades Virtuosi plays Rufus Reid’s Composition
Hackensack Performing Arts Center (HACPAC)The Palisades Virtuosi Performs Hackensack, NJ
03/18 - 03/19/22
Rufus at the 43rd Annual TCU Jazz Festival, Fort Worth, TX
ED Landreth Hall 120TCU Jazz Festival Fort Worth, TX
Rufus performing at the 51st Rowan Jazz Festival Concert
Pfleeger Concert HallWilson Hall, Rowan University Jazz Festival Concert Glassboro, NJ
Jazz Composers Present ~ Rufus Reid
01/19 - 01/20/22
Rufus performing for Frank Wess Centennial Celebration
Kenneth Radnofsky performs the music of Rufus Reid
Rufus Reid at the Essex House
JW Marriott Essex House New YorkKolstein's Loft ~ Central Park South New York City, NY
Rufus Reid at The 15th Annual Hudson Jazzworks Concert
The Hudson HallHudson Jazzworks Program Hudson, NY
07/16 - 07/17/21
The Rufus Reid Trio at Jazz Forum Arts
Jazz Forum Arts Tarrytown, NY
Rufus Reid with the Don Aliquo Quartet
06/08 - 06/12/21
Rufus Reid at the International Society of Bassists 2021 Virtual Convention
06/03 - 06/12/21
Rufus Reid at Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute
Ravinia's Steans Music Institute No Public Admission
05/31 - 06/05/21
Rufus Reid with The Bridges Composition Competition at Ravinia
Rufus Reid with International Jazz Day at Fundación Jazz Fest
Fundación JazzfestInternational Jazz Day