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Rufus Reid - Headlines at Miami Beach Jazz Festival
(Published: January 09, 2015)

RUFUS REID / 2x GRAMMY® NOMINEE

Headlines at Miami Beach Jazz Festival Jan. 10!

"Living Legends of Jazz"

Double Grammy® Nominee Rufus Reid was featured this week on Miami's NBC "6 In The Mix" TV news program prior to his Miami Beach Jazz Festival performance Saturday evening, Jan. 10.

Reid is also spotlighted in Florida's Sun Sentinel this week. For the complete Miami Beach Jazz Festival lineup: miamibeachjazz.com


Reid continues to garner momentum with international airplay and press as we head into the Grammy® nomination finals process. He will also be featured in the February issue of NYC's Hot House jazz magazine. The New York City Jazz Record named "Quiet Pride" as one of the 2014 Albums of the Year.

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RUFUS REID - QUIET PRIDE
The Elizabeth Catlett Project

57th Annual GRAMMY Awards Nominees
Rufus Reid 2x

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album
Quiet Pride: The Elizabeth Catlett Project
Rufus Reid
Label: Motema Music

Best Instrumental Composition
Recognition
Rufus Reid, composer (Rufus Reid)
Track from: Quiet Pride: The Elizabeth Catlett Project
Label: Motema Music; Publisher: Myriad Ltd.
Photo credit Jimmy Katz

"It takes a great care and precise thinking to align musical compositions with a visual artist's aesthetic, and Reid has managed this ideally." (DownBeat)

"'I have been given a gift," Reid says of his new life as a composer. His career attests to his cultivation, stewardship and outreach of this gift." (JazzTimes)

"Reid's luscious sound and buoyant swing can levitate an ensemble clear off the bandstand." (New Yorker)

"A stalwart bassist and band leader..." (New York Times)

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The inspiration for the epic, five-suite large ensemble work, Quiet Pride, was Reid's fascination with the sculptural work of renown Black American artist Elizabeth Catlett.

"While there is no 'absolute' correspondence, I do feel that she inspired me to mix my own (musical) shapes and lines," explained Reid. The February 11, 2014 release date of Quiet Pride, was Reid's 70th birthday, marking his 50th year in the music industry.

Reid's all-star 20-piece ensemble includes: Herlin Riley (drums), Steve Allee (piano), and Vic Juris (guitar), Tim Hagans, Ingrid Jenson, Freddie Hendrix, and Tanya Darby, (trumpets); Steve Wilson, Erica von Kleist, Tom Christensen, Carl Maraghi, and Scott Robinson, (reeds), Dave Taylor, Ryan Keberle, Michael Dease, and Jason Jackson, (trombones), and John Clark and Vincent Chancey (French horns) and Charenee Wade (vocals).

Rufus Reid's iconic bass sound has graced the music of countless jazz giants including Eddie Harris, Thad Jones & Mel Lewis, Stan Getz, Dexter Gordon, Benny Golson, J.J. Johnson, Jack DeJohnette and Nancy Wilson.

Awards - the BMI Composers Workshop * Charlie Parker Jazz Composition Prize * two Chamber Music America's New Works grants * The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship for Composition * the Mellon Jazz Living Legacy Award * and more.

Internationally sought after as an educator, Reid is the acclaimed author of the "The Evolving Bassist"- the definitive bible for every jazz bassist and the industry standard since 1974. He served as the Director of Jazz Studies and Performance Program for 20 years at William Patterson University.

Upon his retirement, Reid set about fulfilling his dream to compose. This ensemble and original composition was made possible by his winning the prestigious Raymond and Beverly Sackler Composition Competition Prize in 2006 for his original three-movement suite, Quiet Pride. Two new movements were completed and added in 2012, leading to this recording.

More Information: http://rufusreidsquietpride.com/

Submitted By:

Scott Thompson PR
scott@scottthompsonpr.com


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