American expat bassist Reggie Washington will premiere a new group tonight and tomorrow at the Sunset Jazz Club in Paris.
Hot on the heals of his latest project “Rainbow Shadow” where he paid tribute to the late and great Jef Lee Johnson, Reggie Washington will hit the stage with a cross Atlantic band featuring Belgium based sax player Fabrice Alleman, Bobby Sparks, on piano & keyboards and New York based drummer E.J. Strickland. This project will see a departure from the “Rainbow Shadow” project and will be more acoustic based.
Originally from New York, Reggie Washington is one of Europe’s busiest musicians. He was a key participant in the Modern Jazz revolution of the 80′s and 90′s and his list of credits include touring, recording and performing with musicians such as Steve Coleman, Branford Marsalis, Roy Hargrove, Chico Hamilton, Oliver Lake, Cassandra Wilson and Lester Bowie. In addition to his work as a side-man Reggie is also a leader in his own right having produced four CD’s under his own name.
Bobby Sparks list of credits reads like a who’s who of jazz including Lalah Hathaway, Roy Hargrove, Al Jarreau, Les McCann and Nicolas Payton to name a few and is currently working with Snarky Puppy and Liz Wright. Bobby and Reggie go back a long way having performed together in Roy Hargrove’s RH Factor.
Fabrice Alleman is considered to be one of the best soprano and tenor sax players in Europe but is also known for his talents on the clarinet. Rounding out the band is New York based drummer E.J Strickland who needs no introduction to European audiences having recently concluded an extensive tour with his quintet hitting almost all the major European jazz hotspots.
This project is not just a one-off meeting of minds for a number of concerts. Following these concerts the band will enter the studio to document the project for later release on CD.
Concert dates are as follows:
More Information on Reggie Washington can be found at his website.
Editors Note: In December 2017 we published an extensive Interview with Reggie Washington. You can read it here.