REGGIE CODRINGTON

REGGIE CODRINGTON

 Fayetteville, North Carolina, USA
BandJazz

Strengths: Beautiful sound,improvisation, soulful with a strong backbone of standards. Skills: Expert reading music, creating songs, reading audience, playing various venues. Work Desired: Corporate,Concerts,TV & Movie, Special Events, Church Function, Cruise Ships
Locale Desired: Global Market

Biography

Who is Reggie Codrington?
By age 5, Reggie learned to read music and the fundamentals of musicianship. It would be several years however, before he would play and develop his musical talent. Not because he did not desire to, but because he was physically unable to. Reggie was born with Ataxic Cerebral Palsy (ACP), a chronic condition that affects the muscle coordination with depth perception. Affected person often have poor coordination and walk unsteadily with a wide based gait. Wanting to give him every chance at having a normal life, his parents agreed to have him undergo a series of surgeries. By age 13 , Reggie had endured nine surgeries where muscles were alternately cut and transferred from his elbow, wrist, and right triceps to improve his finger dexterity. Additionally, muscles were cut from his legs to offer more mobility and make it easier to walk. His mother, Joyce Codrington a school teacher, worked overtime with him rubbing and exercising his muscle in an attempt to beat the odds and the doctors grim outlook. Without her 4 days a week home therapy there is no doubt he would be unable to do much of anything today.

Reggie discovered that music could transcend him to a place of tranquility and offer a way to escape from the stress of life. Immersing himself in his music, he was encouraged to join his school band where he finally found acceptance from his peers. The ridicule he once encountered from his school mates was replaced with respect for his talent as a musician. His father, the famous horn player, Ray Codrington helped him discover his skill and he learned improvisation and other musical concepts. He was also encouraged him to stay focused and never give up on his dream of becoming a successful musician.

A pivotal point in Reggie’s life and career came on his 18th birthday when his parents presented him a curved soprano saxophone. The instrument led to a major transformation as it offered a comfortable way to play he never experienced. The curved instrument allowed him to use a neck strap for a more comfortable fit for his arm and allowed for more finger dexterity and coordination. “Something magical happened, and he knew he found his niche. After graduation and armed with his new instrument, Reggie continued to study music at Howard University where he started to develop his own personal style and truly grow as a musician. Completing two years and receiving accolades from professors and friends lit a fire in his soul to keep perusing his dreams.

Currently, Reggie stays busy as he perfects his craft by composing new original music. His ultimate goal is to tour the world and share his music and his triumphant story with others. His dreams also include talking to young people disable and non disable to show them that with determination anything is possible.

Recorded/Collaboration with.......
Paul Jackson Jr
Craig Cooper
Jon Myron Clark
The Manhattans
The Emotions
Kevin Toney
Glen Jones
Freddie Jackson
Ann Nesby
Rayford Griffin
Phil Davis

Opening Performances for...
Charlie Wilson
Frankie Beverly and Maze
Ramsy Lewis
Kim Waters
Betty Wright
Peobo Bryson
Cameo

Theater Production Soundtracks (Musical Director)
"If Loving You Is Wrong"
" Do What i gotta Do"
" When a Black Man Cries"
" Casting the First Stone"
" Lord, Why Me?"
" Silenced by Arms"

Discography

NEVER LET YOU GO
ENCHANTING
EXPRESSIONS
C-NOTE
BEST OF REGGIE CODRINGTON
CHRISTMAS WITH POPS
SUNNY DAYS
VISION OF DREAMS
JOURNEY BACK HOME
EXPRESSIONS
(VICARIOUS EXPERIENCE...IN MASTERING STAGE)

Set List

SPECIAL TREASURE
I'VE GO THAT FEELING
CRUISIN WITH ANGELS
SECOND TIME AROUND
FOR THE LOVE OF YOU
MR MAGIC
NEXT LIFETIME
SIGN YOUR NAME
UNFORGETTABLE
MISTY
A-TRAIN
LOVERMAN
DARN THAT DREAM
SATIN DOLL
IN A SENTIMENTAL MOOD
JOURNEY BACK HOME
NEVER LET YOU GO
FANTASY
BAGGIE'S SONG
LOVE IS HERE TO STAY
GOT MY EYES ON YOU
PLAYING FROM WITHIN
IT'S A NEW DAY
FOUR
SUGAR
GIRL FROM WHERE IPANEMA
WAVE
MEDITATION
WHAT'S NEW
BODY AND SOUL
STELLA BY STARLIGHT
THE END OF A LOVE AFFAIR
GREEN DOLPHIN ST.
and many more......