REGINALD CYNTJE (born in Roseau, Dominica and raised on St. Thomas, USVI) is a trombonist, educator, producer, and composer. He has created and performed an eclectic range of music. When you listen to Cyntje perform, you hear a passion for life and love in his sound.
Growing up in the US Virgin Islands (USVI), he was steeped in the rich cultural music known as Quelbe (the official music of the USVI). Quelbe was Reginald’s introduction to improvised music.
With cultural heritage at the forefront and social justice as the message, he has “a deep-seated knowledge of Caribbean music and culture which has settled into his jazz trombone playing” (NPR Music).
To date, Cyntje has recorded six albums as a leader. Healing (2020), his latest album, Lush with complex key changes and conversational attitude (CapitalBop), combines artistic expression with an awareness of the environment. The healing process is an intimate contemplative endeavor. Recorded on September 18, 2020, at Divine Order Studios, the album features Allyn Johnson on piano and Reginald Cyntje on trombone/compositions.
Rise of the Protester (2019) sonically captures humanity’s need to thrive when faced with adversity. This is his boldest statement on social justice. Rise of the Protester, Equal parts love and righteous force (Capitalbop), features tenor saxophonist Brian Settles, drummer Lenny Robinson, bassist Herman Burney, and trombonist/composer/producer Reginald Cyntje.