The bassist extraordinaire REGGIE WASHINGTON will release his second CD entitled
“FREEDOM” in Spring 2012 on the Jammin’colorS label.
Reggie is a bassist of rare sobriety and efficacity. His savant bass lines are legible and
they always serve the music. He has a certain form of exigence and great musical taste.
His list of collaborations is infinite in addition to being a participant in the revolution of
Modern Jazz during the 90’s.
In 2005, he stepped out as a leader for the first time in his career with “A Lot of Love,
LIVE !”, on the Jammin’colorS label. The CD has received stellar reviews from journalists
and colleagues worldwide in the music business. It is being played on U.S.A. and European
radio to touch a wider audience.
“My music represents the cutting edge of jazz today. It’s a healthy musical mix paying
hommage to our forefathers and exploring our craft by journeying down new roads to
help pave the way for the future.” says Reggie. For him, the music must evolve and he
feels he’s among the select group of musicians capable and dedicated to keeping MUSIC
alive and strong.
Reggie has toured with his bands through Europe and the U.S.A to very receptive and
appreciative audiences. Bass Player magazine presented Reggie in its August 2007
issue entitled “The Eternal Internal” by journalist Bill Milkowski. In 2008, Reggie was
among the winners of the Rising Stars electric bassist category in DownBeat
magazine’s International Critics Poll. He was also featured in the April 2008 issue of
Jazz Times magazine in an article entitled “Overdue Ovation; Groove Instincts”. He has
also appeared in Jazz Magazine, Jazzman, De Bassist, Jazz Hot, Le Soir, ...
Aside from holding down the groove for Steve Coleman’s Five Elements, Reggie has also
played for such notable groups as Roy Hargrove’s RH Factor, Branford Marsalis’s Buckshot
LeFonque and Oliver Lake Steel Quartet. His extensive list of credits includes work with
African drum master Babatunde Olatunje, calypso star Mighty Sparrow, jazz singer
Cassandra Wilson, R&B singer D’Angelo, guitarist Jean-Paul Bourelly, pianist Uri Caine,
trumpeter Lester Bowie, clarinetist Don Byron, alto saxophonist Arthur Blythe,
the World Saxophone Quartet, Mike Mainieri’s Steps Ahead, saxophonist Jacques
Schwarz-Bart, bassist-vocalist Meshell Ndegeocello and cabaret diva Ute Lemper.