Reggie Workman Profiled

Source: Vulture.

Back in February, Reggie Workman went to visit his friend Henry Grimes, a noted free-jazz bassist with whom he’d come up in Philadelphia, gigging competitively around town as teenagers almost 70 years ago now, at the Northern Manhattan Rehabilitation and Nursing Center on 125th Street. In the crowded hallway by the elevator where Grimes sat in a wheelchair, Workman at first could not believe it was his friend with the long gray beard, as he didn’t respond to his greeting. He had to ask a nurse if that was Grimes.