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Reggie Workman Curates February Festival in New York

Reggie Workman’s Sculpted Sounds Music Festival, a four-concert series that presents different kinds of futuristic music and concepts from bassist Reggie Workman, will be held throughout February at the legendary St. Peter’s Church in New York City.

The festival will be hosted by Gil Noble (host of WABC-TV’s weekly public affairs series Like It Is) and will feature numerous jazz musicians, jazz biographers and poets. Among the highlights are Great Friends (featuring Workman on bass), Billy Harper, the Rashied Ali Quintet, the Charles Gayle Trio, Bassdrumbone, and the African-American Legacy Project, a 40-piece orchestra and chorus led by Charles Tolliver and Richard Harper and featuring baritone saxophonist Howard Johnson, pianist Stanley Cowell, trumpeter Jimmy Ownes, and many more distinguished veterans.

Sculptured Sounds takes place every Sunday night in February, beginning on the 4th. The show begins at 7 p.m. at Saint Peter’s Church, located on 619 Lexington Ave. and East 54th St. in Manhattan. The suggested donation price is $20. Reservations may be obtained by calling (212) 642-5277, and more information, as well as a complete schedule of events, is available online at

Reggie Workman is a renowned bassist, and was formerly a member of the John Coltrane Quartet. He has worked with such jazz luminaries as Thelonious Monk, Yusef Lateef and Herbie Mann. Workman is currently a professor at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York City.

Sculpted Sounds Music Festival is dedicated to the memory of the late saxophonist Jimmy Vass, who passed away in September at the age of 69. Though he never recorded as a leader, Vass was a sympathetic sideman and recorded and toured with such luminaries as Charles Mingus, Andrew Hill, Lionel Hampton, Sunny Murray, Rashied Ali, Charles Earland, Woody Shaw, Muhal Richard Abrams and Ronnie Boykins.

Photo by Davor Hrvoj

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