Reggie Workman

Doris Duke Impact Award, 2015

New York, NY

Reggie Workman is an internationally acclaimed bassist/composer/arts advocate and tenured educator (The New School).  One of the most diverse and technically gifted bassists in modern jazz, his playing styles cover the range of modern music from Bop to Post-Bop and beyond. He has performed and recorded with jazz icons John Coltrane, Art Blakey, Max Roach, Thelonious Monk, Abbey Lincoln, and Wayne Shorter, emerging luminaries Jason Moran and Vijay Iyer and frequently records and tours with TRIO 3 (a long-standing collective with Oliver Lake and Andrew Cyrille). His recordings, Cerebral Caverns (Postcards, 1995) and Summit Conference (Postcards, 1994), are widely recognized as classics. Awarded by Meet the Composer, Mid-Atlantic Foundation, National Jazz Museum in Harlem and The New School Distinguished Teaching Award, his production company Sculptured Sounds (with consultant Francina Connors) has produced critically noted events, such as the Sculptured Sounds Music Festival in NYC, the film TRIO 3: At this Time (with Geri Allen), the African American Legacy Project (AALP) orchestral and choral project, and Workman’s new collaboration RW WORKz.

  • Photo Credit: Patrizio Gianquintieri
  • Reggie Workman- “Synapse II” from Wiring (Intakt, 2014): https%3A//
    “Synapse II” from Wiring (Intakt, 2014)
  • Reggie Workman- "Willow Song" from Wiring (Intakt, 2014): https%3A//
    "Willow Song" from Wiring (Intakt, 2014)
  • “Synapse II” from Wiring (Intakt, 2014)
  • Photo Credit: Richard Conde Photography
  • Photo Credit: Richard Conde Photography
  • Photo Credit: Richard Conde Photography

What are your key goals for the award period? What challenges, desires, drives, or needs are inspiring these goals?

My creative challenges are to continue growing and evolving musically, creating opportunities and outlets to develop, produce, and present my artistry and, finally, balancing the above with time for personal development. I am honored to receive the Doris Duke Impact Award. My objectives for the award are multi-faceted and, like my musical persona, involve "thinking outside the box" as I plan to further engage fans and new audiences through website/social media development, a book, and recording.