Reggie Workman

Reginald "Reggie" Workman (born June 26, 1937 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)[1] is an American avant-garde jazz and hard bop double bassist, recognized for his work with both John Coltrane and Art Blakey.

Reggie Workman
Workman in 2008
Background information
Birth nameReginald Workman
Born (1937-06-26) June 26, 1937
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
GenresJazz, avant-garde jazz, hard bop
Occupation(s)Musician, composer
InstrumentsDouble bass
LabelsSoul Note, Evidence, Baybridge, Prestige, Postcards, Leo, Music & Arts
Associated actsGigi Gryce, Roy Haynes, Red Garland, James Moody, Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, Yusef Lateef, Pharoah Sanders, Herbie Mann, Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, Wayne Shorter, Archie Shepp, Mal Waldron, Bobby Hutcherson, Lee Morgan, David Murray


Early in his career, Workman worked in jazz groups led by Gigi Gryce, Donald Byrd, Duke Jordan and Booker Little. In 1961, Workman joined the John Coltrane Quartet, replacing Steve Davis. He was present for the saxophonist's Live at the Village Vanguard sessions, and also recorded with a second bassist (Art Davis) on the 1961 album, Olé Coltrane. Workman left Coltrane's group at the end of the year, following a European tour.

In 1962, Workman joined Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers (replacing long-time Blakey bassist Jymie Merritt), and worked alongside Freddie Hubbard, Wayne Shorter, and Cedar Walton for most of this period. Workman left Blakey's group in 1964.

Workman also played with James Moody, Yusef Lateef, Pharoah Sanders, Herbie Mann and Thelonious Monk. He has recorded with Archie Shepp, Lee Morgan and David Murray.[1] Workman, with pianist Tommy Flanagan and drummer Joe Chambers, formed The Super Jazz Trio in 1978.[2]

He is currently[3] a professor at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York City, and is a member of the group, Trio 3, with Oliver Lake and Andrew Cyrille.

Workman has been a resident of Montclair, New Jersey.[4][5]


As leader/co-leader

As sideman

With Roy Ayers

With Gary Bartz

With Art Blakey

With Marion Brown

With Earl Coleman

  • Manhattan Serenade (1968)

With Johnny Coles

With John Coltrane

With Stanley Cowell

With Marilyn Crispell

With Booker Ervin

With Sonny Fortune

With Grant Green

With Gigi Gryce

With Billy Harper

With Andrew Hill

With Takehiro Honda

  • Jodo (Trio, 1972)

With Freddie Hubbard

With Bobby Hutcherson

With Elvin Jones

With Clifford Jordan

With Duke Jordan

With Oliver Lake

With Yusef Lateef

With Booker Little

with Herbie Mann

With Ken McIntyre

  • Home (SteepleChase, 1975)

With Roscoe Mitchell

With New York Art Quartet

  • Mohawk (1965)

With Dave Pike

With Pharoah Sanders

With Wayne Shorter

With Sonny Simmons

  • American Jungle (1997)

With Archie Shepp

With Horace Tapscott

With Charles Tolliver

With Mal Waldron

With Cedar Walton

With Tyrone Washington

With Richard Williams

With Alice Coltrane

  • Transfiguration, Live (Warner Bros. Master, 1978)

With Mulgrew Miller


  1. allmusic Biography
  2. Dryden, Ken "Tommy Flanagan's Super Jazz Trio – Condado Beach". AllMusic. Retrieved March 16, 2017.
  3. "The New School > College of Performing Arts > Jazz > Faculty > Reginald Workman". The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music. p. 1. Retrieved January 25, 2016.
  4. Ebbels, Kelly. "Sonia Sanchez to read alongside Montclair musicians", The Montclair Times, March 21, 2013, backed up by the Internet Archive as of December 30, 2013. Accessed September 18, 2017. "A jazz-and-poetry-infused fundraising event for the Montclair Academy of Dance and Laboratory of Music (MADLOM) will bring together the poet laureate of Philadelphia, Sonia Sanchez, to read alongside jazz musicians, including former Montclair resident and John Coltrane band mate Reggie Workman at the Montclair Public Library, 50 South Fullerton Ave., this Saturday evening, March 23."
  5. "The State of Jazz: Meet 40 More Jersey Greats", The Star-Ledger, September 28, 2003, backed up by the Internet Archive as of September 27, 2008. Accessed September 15, 2017. "Reggie Workman -- This bass dynamo, active in post-bop and avant-garde circles, lives in Montclair."
  6. Strata-East Records
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