June Birthdays Featuring Reginald Workman, NEA Jazz Master

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June jazz birthdays! Our featured honoree is bassist Reggie Workman, 82 years young, who got a fine birthday present: a 2020 National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters Award. So, we have three tracks from his own recordings, which may surprise you. One features Andrew Hill and Julian Priester. Other birthday honors include Marcus Belgrave (Horace Tapscott track), Grant Green, and Jaki Byard (Makanda Ken McIntyre track)—all with Mr. Workman on bass.

Of course, there's more: reedmen Donald Harrison, Lennie Niehaus, Eric Dolphy and Anthony Braxton; trombonists Al Grey and Bill Watrous; pianists Geri Allen, Kenny Barron, Chick Corea and Erroll Garner; trumpeter Jerry Gonzalez; vocalist Dakota Staton and drummer Shelly Manne (in a very unusual combination).


  • Donald Harrison "The Right Touch" from The Chosen (Nagel-Hayer) 00:00
  • Dakota Staton "The Song Is You" from Time to Swing (Capitol) 04:29
  • Lennie Niehaus "Seaside" from Zounds! (Contemporary) 07:16
  • Shelly Manne "Steeplechase" from The Three (Contemporary) 09:40
  • Chick Corea "So In Love" from Akoustic Band (GRP) 12:49
  • Erroll Garner "Just One of Those Things" from Dreamstreet & One World Concert (Telarc) 20:30
  • Al Grey "Matza & Grits" from Me 'N Jack (Pullen Music) 24:01
  • Bill Watrous "Day In, Day Out" from Bone-ified (GNP Crescendo) 28:50
  • Eric Dolphy "Hat and Beard" from Out to Lunch (Blue Note) 35:52
  • Anthony Braxton, Gino Robair "Decline of Reason" from Duets 1987 (Rastascan) 45:07
  • Jerry Gonzalez "Ask Me Now" from Rumba Buhaina (Random Chance) 49:06
  • Kenny Barron "Concentric Circles" from Concentric Circles (Blue Note) 57:54
  • Horace Tapscott "Inspiration of Silence" from aiee! The Phantom (Arabesque) 1:05:07
  • Grant Green "On Top of Old Smokey" from Goin' West (Blue Note) 1:12:20
  • Ken McIntyre "Corner Time" from Home (Steeplechase) 1:19:28
  • Reggie Workman "Conversation" from Summit Conference (Postcards) 1:26:41
  • Reggie Workman "Take the A Train" from The Works Of Workman (Denon) 1:37:20
  • Reggie Workman "Seasonal Elements" from Cerebral Caravans (Postcards) 1:43:59
  • Geri Allen "RTG" from Twenty One (Blue Note) 1:51:13

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