He can be found on many audio and video releases with Ferguson and his band. Reggie is featured Trombonist and Arranger on the 2001 Maynard Ferguson/Diane Schuur release 'Swingin For Schuur'. In 2003 Reggie was selected as one of only eleven semi-finalists to perform at the prestigious 2003 Thelonious Monk Institute International Jazz Competition in Washington D.C. There he was accompanied by an all-star jazz group consisting of pianist Eric Reed, bassist Bob Hurst, and drummer Carl Allen. In 2004 Watkins released his first solo CD as Band Leader, Trombonist, Composer, Arranger, and Producer entitled A-LIST. The album features sixteen musicians, all original compositions and arrangements, and is part of "The Maynard Ferguson Presents Series". In 2006 Watkins co-produced "MF VI Live at Ronnie Scott's" with Maynard Ferguson.
That same year he was also honored as Outstanding Alumnus from Wheeling Park High School and delivered the commencement address to the graduating class and an audience of many. He was the first person in the performing arts to be chosen in the school's history of thirty years. In 2007 Watkins traveled to Thailand for the fifth time at the request of The King of Thailand to perform for His Majesty and the Thai people in celebration of his 80th birthday. Also featured on this concert was trombonist Urbie Green, saxophonist Ricky Woodard, trumpeter Patrick Hession and many others. In 2008 he joined the Grooveline Horns and began touring with Jason Mraz. In 2009 the group performed on "Saturday Night Live", "The Today Show", at Radio City Music Hall, The Royal Albert Hall, The Hollywood Bowl, The Java Jazz Festival, The Oxygen Festival, Farm Aid, "The Tonight Show with Conan O'brien" and an extensive world tour.
The Grooveline Horns are currently working on their upcoming record in addition to recording on other records for artists around the world. Watkins is currently working on and will release a second Jazz album in September of 2012. Partial Discography: 2007 Bill Deasy - Chasin' Down a Spark (We Can) 2007 The Boogie Hustlers - True Colors 2007 Poogie Bell - Get On The Kit 2006 Maynard Ferguson – MF6 (Producer / Trombone / Arranger) 2005 3 Apples High - Metrobotic 2004 Reggie Watkins - A-List (JiveFam Records) 2003 Roger Humphries Big Band - Don't Give Up 2001 Diane Schuur / Maynard Ferguson - Swingin' for Schurr (Concord Records) 2000 Michael Fienstien / Maynard Ferguson - Big City Rhythms (Concord Records) 1998 Dr. Zoot - Ghosts of Swing (Hepcat Records) 1999 Kevin Frieson Ensemble - Ebony Tears The Grooveline Horns http://groovelinehorns.bandcamp.com/ Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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