Thursday, August 7, 2014

Jazz Legend Reggie Workman Plays Hudson on Sunday

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A vital member of the legendary John Coltrane Quartet, bassist Reggie Workman is nothing less than a jazz icon. This Sunday, Workman will join pianist Armen Donelian and saxophonist Marc Mommaas for a concert presented by Hudson Jazzworks at the historic Hudson Opera House.

Currently a professor at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, the 77-year-old Workman played in groups led by Gigi Gryce, Red Garland, Roy Haynes, and Wayne Shorter before joining Coltrane’s quartet in 1961. After recording the seminal albums Africa/Brass, Ole Coltrane, Impressions, and Live at the Village Vanguard, Workman went on to play with Thelonious Monk, Pharoah Sanders, Herbie Mann, Yusef Lateef, Art Blakey, Archie Shepp, Lee Morgan, David Murray, Mal Waldron, and others.

Founded by Donelian and Mommaas in 2007, Hudson Jazzworks hosts an intensive jazz improvisation and composition workshop every August for four days and three nights, culminating with a concert at which the musicians are joined by workshop participants.

Here’s Workman in a sublime 1961 appearance by the Coltrane Quartet with special guest Eric Dolphy:

Reggie Workman, Armen Donelian, and Marc Mommaas will perform at the Hudson Opera House in Hudson on August 10 at 3:30pm. The concert will be preceded by a talk from the musicians at 3pm. Tickets are $10 ($8 for members; free to students and people 18 and under). For information, call (518) 822-1438 or visit

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