Legendary Jazz Musician Reggie Workman Will Pay Tribute to John Coltrane in Detroit

Named a 2020 Jazz Master by the National Endowment of the Arts, Workman performed on seminal jazz albums of the 1960s and 1970s.

LaToya Cross
LaToya Cross

Reggie Workman made his mark in the 1960s and 1970s as one of the most influential bass players in modern jazz — and he’s still performing today.

Workman performed on legendary albums from Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, Freddie Hubbard, Wayne Shorter and John Coltrane (to name just a few).

And just this year Workman was named a 2020 Jazz Master awardee by the National Endowment for the Arts.

In celebration of what would have been Coltrane’s 93rd birthday this week (Sept. 23rd), Workman will perform a tribute to his former bandmate at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History on Wednesday night at 7 p.m.

Workman will be joined by saxophonist and flutist Rafael Statin, pianist Ian Finkelstein and drummer Alex White.

Click the audio player to hear Reggie Workman’s in-studio interview about the legacy of Coltrane ahead of his performance at the Wright Museum on Wednesday night.

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  • Ryan Patrick Hooper
    Ryan Patrick Hooper is the award-winning host and producer of CultureShift on 101.9 WDET-FM Detroit’s NPR station. Hooper has covered stories for the New York Times, NPR, Detroit Free Press, Hour Detroit, SPIN and Paste magazine.