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Hanah Jon Taylor Artet featuring Reggie Workman and special guests

March 8 @ 7:00 pm


Mar. 8 | CODAFest | Hanah Jon Taylor Artet feat. Reggie Workman and Special Guest | 7 PM | $25 (Per Show) or $60 (All Night)

Hanah Jon Taylor has received critical acclaim for his unique and lyrical persona on flute,soprano saxophone and wind synthesizer, as a true ‘Student of Improvisation’. With a career spanning over 50 years, has worked as a bandleader, sideman and educator with many noted jazz and creative music artists and cultural initiatives. The Artet has has appeared and/or recorded with bassist Malachi Favors, percussionist Vincent Davis, flutist Nicole Mitchell, cellist Tomeka Reid, bassist Reggie Workman, drummer Reggie Nicholson and the Sun Ra Arkestra. Presently, Hanah is Owner/operator of Cafe CODA, a premier Madison Jazz venue and Artistic Director with Kuumba Renaissance Ltd., a creative arts initiative.

Reginald “Reggie” Workman is recognized as one of the most technically gifted American avant-garde jazz and hard bop double bassists in history. He is a teacher, composer, and jazz advocate whose style ranges from Bop, Post Bop and beyond.

Workman, a “Sound Scientist” is a 2020 recipient for the National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters Fellowship Award, the nation’s highest honor in jazz.

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 albums, Olé Coltrane and Africa/Brass. Workman recorded frequently through the 1960s and performed with such icons as Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, Thelonious Monk, Max Roach, Freddie Hubbard, Lee Morgan, Eric Dolphy, Gigi Gryce, Booker Little, Roy Haynes, Wayne Shorter, Red Garland, James Moody, Abbey Lincoln, Alice Coltrane, Jeri Allen, Marilyn Crispell, Jeanne Lee, Booker Ervin, Horace Silver, Benny Golson, Cedar Walton, Elvin Jones, McCoy Tyner, Curtis Fuller, Yusef Lateef, Pharoah Sanders, Herbie Mann, Archie Shepp, Clifford Jordan, Bobby Hutcherson, Sonny Fortune, Billy Harper, and David Murray. Workman, with pianist Tommy Flanagan and drummer Joe Chambers formed The Super Jazz Trio in 1978.

In the 1980s, he was the founding member of “Great Friends” and began leading his own groups: Top Shelf, and The Reggie Workman Ensemble.

Workman co-founded the historic Collective Black Artists and was Musical Director of the New Muse Community Museum (Brooklyn, NY). In the 1970s, he created the “Top Shelf” quartet. In 1978 he formed a Super Trio, with pianist Tommy Flanagan and drummer Joe Chambers. In 1983 he co-created the “On Time Jazz Series” and produced at the Village Gate. In 1985 he created Trio Transitions with Freddie Waits and Mulgrew Miller. In 1998 he created Trio Three with Oliver Lake and Andrew Cyrille. In 1990 he created the Reggie Workman Ensemble with John Purcell, Jeanne Lee, Marilyn Crispell, Gerry Hemingway, and Don Byron and Jason Hwang. He created Ashanti’s Message (septet), and ”Brew” as well as “Groove Ship.” In 1998, Reggie Workman inaugurated The Montclair Academy of Dance & Laboratory of Music (for students from ages three to eighteen).

In recent years Reggie has been working with new music luminaries such as Geri Allen, Jason Moran, Vijay Iyer and his longstanding collaboration, TRIO 3 (Oliver Lake, Reggie Workman, Andrew Cyrille).

In recognition of Reggie Workman’s national and international performances and recordings spanning over 40 years, he was named a Living Legend by the African-American Historical and Cultural Museum in his hometown of Philadelphia; he is also a recipient of the Eubie Blake Award. Workman’s additional awards include Meet the Composer, MidAtlantic, NYFA Opportunity Grant and Doris Duke Impact Award 2015. His community work includes the East, New Muse, LAI, Co-Founder of MADLOM, African American Legacy Project, AALP Community, and Youth Workshops.

Reggie is a professor at The New School College of Performing Arts (COPA). He teaches classes such as Futuristic Concepts in Music, and the John Coltrane Ensemble. He is developing new concepts for Bass Ensembles. Workman is an incredibly spiritual human with an important message. He is rooted in tradition and encourages the futuristic approach. Reggie’s heart is his bass, and he lives to continues to preserve jazz music performance, education, and unity. Reggie Workman’s music and approach forever inspire generations of musicians to stretch their abilities and incorporate everyone in arts.


Reggie Workman – bass

Hanah Jon Taylor – saxophone
Justin Dillard – piano
Kevin Carnes – drums


March 8
7:00 pm


Cafe Coda


Cafe Coda
1224 Williamson St
Madison, WI
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