I was born and raised in Wheeling, West Virginia and have played trombone most of my life. After attending West Virginia University for Jazz Performance, I moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where I began playing and recording with various groups such as The Roger Humphries Big Band and The Kevin Frieson Ensemble. In 1999, I joined Maynard Ferguson's Big Band as Trombonist, Musical Director, and Arranger for the legendary jazz trumpet player. On the road with Ferguson, I performed thousands of shows and educational workshops worldwide. During my tenure with Boss, I was part of many recordings and video productions worldwide and was the featured Trombonist and Arranger on the 2001 Maynard Ferguson/Diane Schuur release 'Swingin For Schuur'.
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. Modern jazz for the open eared, Watkins agenda is to push the
future of jazz and he does so by showing where it's been, but not in an overly reverential
Willing to teach
Advanced students only.
West Virginia Wesleyan Associate Professor of Trombone/Jazz Faculty
Specializing in Clinics for Big Bands focusing on rehearsal techniques,
improvisation, and communication.