Reggie Johnson

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Reggie Johnson in Dachau (2001)

Reginald Volney "Reggie" Johnson (born December 13, 1940 in Owensboro , Kentucky ) is an American jazz bassist who moves in many jazz styles.

Johnson first played the trombone in school orchestras and army bands and switched to bass at the age of 21. He played with avant-garde jazz musicians such as saxophonists Bill Barron , Marion Brown ("Marion Brown Quartet" 1965, "Juba-Lee" 1966) and Archie Shepp ("Fire Music" 1965) and in 1964/5 with Bill Dixon (at his concert series "October Revolution in Jazz" he was involved in New York), Sun Ra and Burton Greene . In 1966 he played with the Jazz Messengers of Art Blakey , the then Keith Jarrett and Chuck Mangione belonged. In the 1960s he also recorded with the Jazz Composer's Orchestra , then mainly as a club and studio musician with Elvin Jones , Andrew White and Johnny Coles . In 1970 he played with the quintet of Bobby Hutcherson and Harold Land . From 1973 to 1978 he accompanied the guitarist Kenny Burrell . He also recorded with Sonny Rollins , Sonny Stitt , Art Pepper , Clark Terry , Blue Mitchell , the Crusaders and singers Sarah Vaughan and Carmen McRae , and in the 1980s with Horace Parlan , Frank Wess (1982) and Mingus Dynasty Band ”(also 1982). In 1985 his first album "First Edition" (JR Records) was released under his own name. In the mid-1980s he moved to Europe, where he has worked since then. a. Johnny Griffin , Monty Alexander , Kenny Barron , Tom Harrell , Phil Woods , Vince Benedetti and Cedar Walton and teaches at the Swiss Jazz School in Bern .

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