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Trombonist Reggie Watkins has toured and recorded with Maynard Ferguson, the Temptations, and pop artist Jason Mraz. Within the last year, Watkins has worked with the Orrin Evans Quintet, the Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra, Postmodern Jukebox, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, and Blood Sweat and Tears, Currently Watkins leads his own groups in the Pittsburgh area including the Reggie Watkins Quartet, the Steeltown Horns and the newly formed Keystone Jazz Collective. Watkins has released three critically acclaimed solo albums: A-List (2004), One for Miles, One for Maynard (2010), and Avid Admirer (2016), a tribute to the great trombonist Jimmy Knepper

The Intangible Between

Label: Smoke Sessions Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Proclaim Liberty; This Little Light of Mine; A Time For Love; That Too; Off Minor; Into Dawn; Tough Love; Im So Glad I Got to Know You

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Richie Cole: Cannonball

Read "Cannonball" reviewed by Rob Rosenblum

Richie Cole and Julian “Cannonball" Adderley. It's as natural as soap and water. In an interview on this site, Cole proclaimed that the famed jazz musician was his favorite altoist. Like Adderley, Cole can cover a wide range of music--from the hardest of hard bop to commercial ditties. And also like Adderley, for Cole the audience ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Keystone Jazz Collective, Co-Founded By Pittsburgh Trombonist Reggie Watkins & Philadelphia Bassist Nimrod Speaks, Announces New Organization & July Concerts

Keystone Jazz Collective, Co-Founded By Pittsburgh Trombonist Reggie Watkins & Philadelphia Bassist Nimrod Speaks, Announces New Organization & July Concerts

The Keystone Jazz Collective is a tale of two Pennsylvania cities. jny: Pittsburgh and jny: Philadelphia, not to mention the surrounding regions, have brought far more than their share of jazz to the world. Whether it’s Billy Strayhorn and Art Blakey from Pittsburgh, Henry Mancini from the nearby town of Alquippa, or Benny Golson, John Coltrane, ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Richie Cole: Blue Collar Bebopper

Read "Richie Cole: Blue Collar Bebopper" reviewed by Rob Rosenblum

Jazz alto saxophonist Richie Cole wants to reach out to you, whether you are the mayor of a highly popular tourist city or just a guy dropping over for a couple of beers. “I play for people," says Cole. “People are all the same. If they understand or want to understand jazz, I welcome ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Richie Cole Alto Madness Orchestra: The Many Minds of Richie Cole

Read "The Many Minds of Richie Cole" reviewed by Rob Rosenblum

Alto saxophonist Richie Cole is a living, breathing anachronism and has arguably been one since he first burst out of Berklee School of Music onto the stage as featured soloist with the Buddy Rich big band in the 1970's. While many of his contemporaries were following the lead of Chuck Berry and The Beatles, ...

Avid Admirer

Label: BYNK Records
Released: 2016

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Richie Cole: Have Yourself an Alto Madness Christmas

Read "Have Yourself an Alto Madness Christmas" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Yes, there are jazz musicians who earn more bread than Richie Cole, and others who rank higher in the popularity contests that double as polls. There aren't many, however, who have more fun making music than the well-traveled alto saxophonist who, late in life, has found a place to call home in Pittsburgh, PA.

NEWS: RECORDING

Trombonist Reggie Watkins's "Avid Admirer: The Jimmy Knepper Project" Set For July 15 Release

Trombonist Reggie Watkins's "Avid Admirer: The Jimmy Knepper Project" Set For July 15 Release

Trombonist Reggie Watkins had the opportunity to meet trombone master Jimmy Knepper just once, shortly before Knepper’s death in June 2003. Watkins was performing in his native Wheeling, WV with Maynard Ferguson’s Big Bop Nouveau Band, and Knepper, himself a Ferguson alumnus, was in the audience. The older musician complimented Watkins after the concert and shook ...

One for Miles, One for Maynard

Label: Corona Music
Released: 2014


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