Reggie Washington

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Reggie Washington
Instrument: 
Instruments: 
basses & vocals
Origin: 
USA
Label: 
Jammin'colorS
Distribution: 
L'autre distribution
Territory: 
worldwide
07
Aug
2021
Reggie Washington
"Music of the Phrase"
Opderschmelz
Dudelange
Luxembourg
10
Sep
2021
Reggie Washington
"Music of the Phrase"
Centre touristique Laine et Mode
Verviers
Belgium
17
Sep
2021
Reggie Washington
"Music of the Phrase"
Jazz Nad Odra
Wroclaw
Poland
07
Oct
2021
Reggie Washington
feat. Grégory Privat, Fabrice Alleman & Rémi Vignolo
JazzAddicts
Le Vésinet
France
30
Apr
2022
Reggie Washington
"Music of the Phrase"
Le Bouillon Blanc
Bouillon
Belgium

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.

In October 2020, Reggie has also performed in trio at Jazz sur son 31 in Toulouse via livestream.

Although the pandemic has had a substantial impact on the music industry and especially on live performances, Reggie was determined to stay busy, create music remotely and organize a residency with a new band called "Music of the Phrase" with the cooperation of Marni Theater in Brussels.

Reggie was one of the featured artists to perform at the ACT 4 MUSIC online Festival which included a duet version of The Beatles iconic hit "Eleanor Rigby" with vocalist Sachal Vasandani.

Early 2021, Reggie has contributed two pieces for the album "black lives - from generation to generation" to be released in Fall 2021. One song features opera diva Alicia Hall Moran and DJ Grazzhoppa. The other song features saxophonist/poet Oliver Lake and DJ Grazzhoppa.

In October 2021, Reggie will play in Paris with a new band: Grégory Privat on piano & keyboards, Fabrice Alleman on sax and Remi Vignolo on drums.

A recording session in Marseille with Reggie, guitarist David Gilmore, drummer Ulrich Edorh and spoken word artist Tiboo will be released in Spring 2022.

On top of his own bands, Reggie is currently touring with Archie Shepp, Jacques Schwarz-Bart, The Headhunters, Alex Tassel, Rokia Traoré, Randy Brecker and gospel diva Liz McComb.

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

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

MUSIC OF THE PHRASE :
available in 2021 - 2022 - 2023‍

VINTAGE NEW ACOUSTIC:
available in 2021 - 2022 - 2023

"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

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