Rufus Reid, 'one of the finest bassists,' to play, inform

Rufus Reid, whom SUNY Oswego faculty member Eric Schmitz calls “one of the finest bassists in the world,” will join Schmitz and the Oswego Jazz Project in concert Wednesday, April 18, in Sheldon Hall ballroom.

The Ke-Nekt Chamber Music Series event will begin with a pre-concert talk at 7 p.m., followed by the concert at 7:30 p.m.

“One of my personal favorites of his,” said Schmitz, assistant professor of music, “is an album from the late 1980s recorded live at the Village Vanguard, called ‘Quintergy.’ I’ve loved Rufus’ playing ever since and have dreamed of the possibility of performing with him as well as having him share his knowledge and passion with our students.”

Reid, a Fulbright winner for composition, will do that sharing at 12:40 p.m. April 18 in a free informance—a performance clinic—in Room 41 of Tyler Hall.

The Oswego Jazz Project, SUNY Oswego’s faculty combo, will join Reid in concert that evening, performing, said percussionist Schmitz, “many of his outstanding original compositions, some great standards and possibly some of our own originals.”

Rufus ReidCritics have paid tribute to Reid, a former jazz studies director at William Paterson University. “A standup bass is rarely considered a lead instrument, but it is when it’s in the hands of Rufus Reid,” wrote the New York Times.

Among his albums as bandleader are “Out Front” with the Rufus Reid Trio, “Perpetual Stroll” and “Corridor to the Limits.” Reid’s discography also lists with many other influential figures in jazz, including saxophonist Stan Getz, trombonist J.J. Johnson, drummer Akira Tana and vocalist Mel Torme.

Tickets for the concert, priced at $15 ($12 for seniors ages 62 and over and SUNY Oswego faculty and staff; $6 for students), are available at all SUNY Oswego box offices, online at and by calling 312-2141. Parking is free in campus lots that evening for those attending the concert.

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(Posted: Apr 03, 2012)

Tags: music, ke-nekt, jazz