One need only witness a Reggie Houston performance to understand why his talent has been courted by legends like Fats Domino, Peter Gabriel, Dr. John and The Neville Brothers.
More than a master vocalist and saxophone player, Reggie Houston is an entertainer of the highest order. He has the charm and charisma of a modern day Louis Armstrong mingled with the pure and irresistible joy of a child. Freed up by a wireless microphone, laughing and waving his white handkerchief, he'll shimmy off the bandstand with his saxophone and get down with the audience... and sometimes even bring them back on stage with him! And when Reggie Houston lays down the funk, he lays it down on black satin sheets and makes it blush!
Born in New Orleans, Louisiana on July 2, 1947, Reggie Houston began studying saxophone at the age of 10. His first professional gig came in 1959 at the age of 12 when he joined legendary keyboardist David Batiste Sr. in the Batiste family band, The Gladiators, one of the pre-eminent and pioneering bands of funk.
Reggie continued to perform with The Gladiators throughout high school and college. After graduating from Southern University’s jazz program, run by world-renowned clarinetist Alvin Batiste, Reggie was immediately put to work in the jazz tent at the 1973 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Reggie quickly became an integral part of Jazz Fest, and for over a decade, worked as stage manager, booking agent, emcee, and performer.