Reggie Washington

Reggie Washington
basses & vocals
L' Autre Distribution

Bassist Reggie Washington was a key participant in the Modern Jazz revolution of the ’80s, ’90s & 2000s. A versatile, 360 degree musician, Reggie plays jazz, funk, R&B, blues, world and experimental music with a natural and contagious energy.

His bass lines are both sophisticated and explicit. He is diligent in his work and enjoys mixing people of different cultures as a way to enhance music by learning from others and sharing ideas.

He became known touring, recording and performing with Steve Coleman, Branford Marsalis, Roy Hargrove, Chico Hamilton, Oliver Lake, Cassandra Wilson, Don Byron, Lester Bowie, Jean Paul Bourelly and Ronald Shannon Jackson.

After touring worldwide with Roy Hargrove as the original bassist in RH Factor, Reggie began successfully touring with his own bands in 2005. They were a mix of American & European musicians such as Ravi Coltrane, Gene Lake, Stéphane Galland, Jef Lee Johnson, Erwin Vann, Jacques Schwarz-Bart, E.J Strickland, Jozef Dumoulin, Skoota Warner, Matthew Garrison, Marcus Strickland, Jason Lindner, Poogie Bell and Ronny Drayton. This led to the release of his second CD entitled “FREEDOM” in 2012.  

Since 2015, Reggie has been touring throughout Europe with his project "Rainbow Shadow - A tribute to Jef Lee Johnson" featuring guitarist Marvin Sewell or David Gilmore, drummer Patrick Dorcéan & DJ Grazzhoppa on turntables. They released their second album on December 1st, 2017. They've toured through Europe and performed the music of Jef Lee Johnson to captivated audiences.

In 2018, Reggie decided to explore the acoustic bassist side of his personality. For this new quartet "Vintage New Acoustic", he enlisted the services of multi-keyboardist and fellow RH Factor bandmate Bobby Ray Sparks, drummer E.J. Strickland and Belgian saxophonist Fabrice Alleman to create something new while paying tribute to the legends he shared the stage with.

The new album "Vintage New Acoustic" was released in November 2018. The band has performed all over Europe at festivals such as Like A Jazz Machine, Middelheim Jazz Festival, Jazz à l'Etage, Allauch Jazz Festival and Tournai Jazz Festival.

Early 2021, Reggie has contributed two pieces for the album "Black Lives - from Generation to Generation". One song features opera diva Alicia Hall Moran and DJ Grazzhoppa. The other song features saxophonist/poet Oliver Lake and DJ Grazzhoppa.

On top of his own bands, Reggie is currently touring with Jacques Schwarz-Bart "The Harlem Suite", Black Lives - from Generation to Generation, Ray Greene & Ambrose Akinmusire.

Reggie Washington - acoustic & electric basses
DJ Grazzhoppa - turntables
Fabrice Alleman - saxophones
Igor Gehenot - piano & keys
Patrick Dorcéan - drums

Reggie Washington - acoustic & electric basses
Fabrice Alleman - saxophones
Grégory Privat - piano & keyboards
Rémi Vignolo - drums

Available all year 2024 & 2025

"New Reggie Washington sounding smooooth" - BBC Radio 6 Music / Gilles Peterson

"Certainement le plus beau son de basse électrique aujourd’hui." - Jazz Hot

Choc - Jazz Magazine

5 stars - Jazz Mozaïek

4 stars - Soul Bag

Il y en pour la planète entière dans ce disque... Quel feeling de surcroît ! - Libération

Reggie Washington has been a flexible electric bassist who can easily shift from slamming funk to surging swing without dropping a beat. - Downbeat

Washington delivers a feel-soaked tribute - Bassplayer / Chris Jisi

For “Rainbow Shadow,” the versatile Washington embraces elements of jazz, funk, blues and R&B and masterfully delivers an intoxicating collection of hard-grooving arrangements. - Herald Standard

The musicianship on the record is simply staggering, and Reggie’s expressive bass lines become the vocals of each track, singing out melodic riffs that hit hard and hook. - Rock On Philly

Reggie n’avait jamais eu la prétention de devenir une star. En saluant la mémoire d’un musicien d’envergure, le New-Yorkais, amateur de paradoxes, est devenu lui-même. On ne s’en plaindra assurément pas. - Bruno Pfeiffer

Un bel album pleins de couleurs et de groove - Vers l’Avenir

C’est le troisième album du bassiste américain installé à Bruxelles. Et il est excellent. - Jean Claude Van Troyen

Ça balance chouette, on a envie de danser avec Jef Lee et Reggie et c’est plein d’émotion. Ceci est le volume 1. Vivement le volume 2 ! - Le Soir

C’est un bel instrument la basse, libérée par le jazz et le funk, et ce l’est d’autant plus entre les mains d’un Reggie Washington. - La libre Belgique

Phifer Guitars

Markbass Amps

R. Cocco Strings

Pigtronix Pedals