Release Date: August 11, 2017
Discerning jazz fans searching for something new to get jazzed about don’t need to look too hard, they just need to get hip to the melodic, cool, old school soul meets contemporary funk sound of saxophonist and national recording artist, Reggie Codrington.
With the success of his album titled, “Always In Motion”, and countless performances that have earned him thousands of devoted fans, Reggie is without a doubt, one of the most popular saxophonists on the scene today. “Always in Motion”, features #1 recording artist NILS’ (who produced the project, composed some of the wildly infectious pieces, and lends his slick guitar, bass, keyboards and drum programming), to keyboard master Jeff Lorber, and the late, great R&B/jazz drummer icon, Ricky Lawson. Reggie says, “NILS’ really pushed him beyond what he thought he could do emotionally. He goes on to say-“In the past, I might run through a solo once and be satisfied, but NILS’ would say, I think you have another one in you”! Along with his sonic expertise, this kind of work ethic gave this album something fresh, a new vibe that helped him to evolve as an artist in ways he never expected. Even more impressive is the glorious father/son horns of Reggie and his trumpeter dad Ray, whose tandem magic drives the emotion of most of the tracks. His talent has led him to share the stage with such notable artists as, Kim Waters, Ramsey Lewis, Kevin Toney, Frankie Beverly and Maze, and Charlie Wilson, among many more.”
While the Fayetteville, North Carolina native may be new on some people’s radars, he is actually no stranger to music. Reggie has been performing and recording for over a decade, with ten previous albums to his credit, several of which are under the name Reggie C. Like many recording artists who have invested their money, blood, sweat and tears into their musical recordings to break through, Reggie has survived his share of disappointments in the music industry, while still managing to make a living performing the music that speaks his soul’s language. His commitment to overcoming obstacles stems from the difficulties in his childhood of dealing with Ataxic Cerebral Palsy (ACP), a chronic condition that affects muscle coordination and depth perception. Receiving a curved soprano sax on his 18th birthday led to a major transformation, offering Reggie a comfortable way to play that he had not previously experienced. “Something magical happened, and I knew I had found my niche,” he says. “I fell in love.”
Since the release of his last album in 2012 titled, “Vicarious Experience” Reggie Codrington has enjoyed a true whirlwind of musical ventures and performances as well as a multitude of appearances at events in many of the city’s upscale clubs and restaurants. A seven year stint at The Hilltop House and four years at The Trio Café are worth noting Reggie as a featured reoccurring musical guest along with the Highland Country Club. Perhaps the most notable of these was receiving an invitation and performing at the Inaugural Ball in Washington, DC in January 2012. Codrington also played at the star studded Black Caucus Ball in Washington, DC and was later invited to perform jazz, gospel, and christian rock music at eight concerts in villages in Guatemala, followed by another performance in Antigua. Reggie also serves in the music department proudly playing for Word of Life Christian Church in Woodbridge, VA every Sunday; a standing engagement that began in September 2014.
Reggie Codrington’s masterful blend of smooth jazz, old school soul, and elements of contemporary funk is nothing short of brilliant. He has recently completed his 2017 masterpiece titled “Against the Odds” which is available on iTunes, Amazon and manadaterecords.com. As with any jazz legend in the making, Reggie’s musical flavor introduces listners to his journey and the story behind his music. Ultimately they are led to conclude that he is one of the most masterful and highly requested jazz artists on the scene today.