Reggie Watkins

Piano // Trombone

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Trombonist Reggie Watkins played piano, trumpet, and tuba before taking

up the trombone and attending West Virginia University for

music studies. In Morgantown West Virginia in the early 1990s

Watkins was a band member and apprentice to bassist,

composer, and band leader Kevin Frieson. After moving to

Pittsburgh he began playing with many musicians including

drummer Roger Humphries, guitarist Jimmy Ponder and

drummer Spider Rondenelli. In 1999, Watkins joined legendary

trumpeter and band leader Maynard Ferguson. During his

tenure with Ferguson as trombonist, arranger and musical

director he played and recorded extensively for more than six


Watkins was selected as a semi-finalist for the 2003

Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition and in 2004

recorded his first album as a leader titled “A-List” as part of the

Maynard Ferguson Presents Series. In 2010 he released his

second CD “One For Miles One For Maynard” and his third in 2016

“Avid Admirer, The Jimmy Knepper Project” with Matt Parker -

sax, Orrin Evans - piano, Tuomo Uusitalo - piano, Steve

Whipple - bass and Reggie Quinerly - drums.

In 2008 Watkins joined the band of GrammyAward winner and

singer-songwriter Jason Mraz to tour the world and record

extensively for over six years.

2018 brought a once in a lifetime experience when he was

invited to play at the funeral of Aretha Franklin where he joined

the many musicians, activists, entertainers and friends of The

Queen of Soul to celebrate her life.

In addition to leading the Reggie Watkins Quartet he is also a

founding member of The Keystone Jazz Collective and a

member of The Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra, Richie Cole’s

Pittsburgh Alto Madness Orchestra, Orrin Evans’ Captain Black

Big Band and frequently tours with Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern

Jukebox. He is the founder and frontman of the the Pittsburgh

based horn section and band The Steeltown Horns.