Rufus Reid was born in Atlanta, grew up in Sacramento and currently resides in Teaneck, New Jersey. He began studying classical music and, in addition to his concert career, also performs an intense didactic activity. For 20 years he was director of jazz studies and performance program at William Paterson University.
During his career he had the opportunity to work with the greatest exponents of jazz as Eddie Harris, Dexter Gordon, Thad Jones, Mel Lewis, Dizzy Gillespie, Stan Getz, Joe Henderson, JJ Johnson, Art Farmer, Benny Golson, Kenny Burrell , Lee Konitz, James Moody, Bob Mintzer and Kenny Barron, to name a few.
Very important also its record production, as a soloist and in various formations, many of which are made with the quintet formed in 1990 with drummer Akira Tana.
He is currently focusing mainly on the composition, but its teaching activity is very important, fixed point of a career at the highest levels, both live and in the studio.
Reid has published teaching books for double bass, a DVD released by Warner Bros and collaborates with Jamey Aebersold Jazz Camps and The Stanford Jazz Workshop.
Rufus Reid say about Velvet Anima strings: “I love this Anima strings. I've been searching a long time for a balanced feel and sound that these strings give me. The sound is full and warm, what can I say? I'm happy!”