Trombonist, pianist, arranger and composer Reggie Watkins has released three recordings as leader: A-List (2004), One for Miles, One for Maynard (2010), and Avid Admirer (2016), a tribute to trombonist Jimmy Knepper. From 1999 to 2006 he served as trombonist and musical director for trumpeter and band leader Maynard Ferguson. Now in addition to composing and performing with his trio he is a member of Orrin Evans' Captain Black Big Band, The Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra, Postmodern Jukebox and a founding member of Steeltown Horns and The Keystone Jazz Collective.
2003 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition semi-finalist
2006 Wheeling Park High School Honored Alumnus
"Reggie Watkins manages to improvise with an originality and creativity avoiding clichés and
predictable phrases in an entirely distinctive trombone style." – Hot House Magazine
"Reggie Watkins pushes the music of Miles Davis and Maynard Ferguson to new heights!"
"A forward thinking release of great depth." - Brent Black / www.criticaljazz.com
"REGGIE WATKINS - One for Miles, One for Maynard: The bone man that can play anything
with anybody, and has proven it repeatedly, steps up for his first date as a leader in 10
years. To mark the event, he rounds up some other Maynard Ferguson alumni and let's
the big band bopping fly
Willing to teach
West Virginia Wesleyan Associate Professor of Trombone/Jazz Faculty
Specializing in Clinics for Big Bands focusing on rehearsal techniques,
improvisation, and communication.