Like most successful jazz artists, Reggie's interest in music was sparked in his early years. As a kid, Reggie loved Nat "King" Cole and Lou Rawls and he would listen and sing along with their records, dreaming that he would someday get up on stage and create great musical experiences for others like those that had been created for him. That dream started to become a reality in 1974 when he began singing in his high school jazz band In Port Arthur, Texas (90 miles east of Houston on the gulf coast).
Based on the positive responses of his audience, and the encouragement of family and friends, Reggie launched a musical career that took him to Houston and then to Washington DC. Along the way, he performed with notables, particularly in Houston, including jazz greats Jimmy Ford, Milt Larkin, and Arnett Cobb, and was featured in the Houston City Festival with Ray Charles' saxophonist Don Wilkerson.
Reggie came to Seattle in 1986, where he has been living his dream in the hot nightclub and jazz festival scene of the musically supportive Pacific Northwest.
Reggie began his formal music education, playing trumpet and French horn in junior high and high school bands in Port Arthur. He received private voice lessons and coaching at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas as well as private lessons at the Houston Conservatory of Music. He completed a two year music program at Shoreline Community College in Seattle.
Reggie’s singing appeals to a diverse listening audience from young adults to well seasoned jazz aficionados. He plans to continue to carry the baton of the deeply-rooted jazz tradition and to expose this beautiful music to an even younger audience.
Check out Reggie's "Music" page on this site to see who he's playing with now and take a moment to listen to the music.