Latin Jazz Wednesdays: Wesley Reynoso Quartet
A journey of divine harmonies and syncopated rhythms of jazz, gospel, classical and contemporary music
Virtuosic pianist and composer, Wesley David Reynoso, is a soulful, imaginative, Dominican-born musician. He isan organist, bandleader (Wesley Reynoso Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra), conductor, and educator who hascollaborated and performed with Grammy-award winning artists and nominees such as Earl Klugh, the late DaveValentin, Steve Turre, Kim Burrell, Richard Smallwood, Yolanda Adams, and Diane Schuur, just to name a few.
As an artist, Wesley Reynoso possesses unlimited musical passion that is unleashed every time his fingers touchthe keys of a piano. They glide across the ivories with brilliant technique as he takes you on a journey of divineharmonies and syncopated rhythms of jazz, gospel, classical and contemporary music that emerge from deepwithin his soul. As a listener, you get taken up and carried away with him. And, once you start flying with Reynoso,you don’t ever want to come down.
Greatly influenced by jazz masters Art Tatum, Oscar Peterson, Phineas Newborn, Jr., Bill Evans, Herbie Hancock,Keith Jarrett and many others, Reynoso is well-versed in jazz, Latin jazz, gospel, classical, and contemporarymusic. He has also studied and plays the organ, accordion, trumpet, and guitar.Wesley has dedicated more than20 years to the study of music and continues to travel around the world (Japan, Europe, Puerto Rico, US, etc.)sharing his gift. Some of his master teachers have included Bruce Barth (New York), Reinaldo Jorge (Santiago,DR), Walter Grandberry (New York), Mike Longo (New York), Matt Michaels (Detroit, MI), Roberto Milano (PuertoRico), and Delfin Perez (New York).
Reynoso moved to New York in 1995 and quickly found himself performing alongside Merengue masters such asAlex Bueno, Ruby Perez, Milly Quezada, Sergio Vargas, Johnny Ventura, and many others. It didn’t take him longto establish a reputation as a force to be reckoned with on the piano. Soon after, Reynoso graced some of NewYork’s most famous stages such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Madison Square Garden, and the ApolloTheater. Later on, he performed at the Detroit International Jazz Festival with master jazz trumpeter, MarcusBelgrave and with a host of other artists at the Heineken Jazz Festival in Puerto Rico. Wesley also performedRhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin with the Multicultural Symphonic Orchestra in New York City and currentlyplays with the Detroit Jazz All-Stars Band, directed by Chris Collins, in Detroit, Michigan.
Reynoso has collaborated with and played alongside some of the greatest musicians in the industry including:salsa greats like Alfredo De La Fe, Rey De La Paz, Paquito Guzman, Jose Alberto (“El Canario”), Herman Olivera,and Hector Trioche; and jazz greats like James Carter, Café Da Sliva, Romero Lubambo, Paul Keller, Joe Lovano,Steve Turre, and Antonio Sanchez. He has also performed with Latin jazz artists such as Memo Acevedo, RichieFlores, Luis Quintero, Roberto Quintero, Alfredo “Chocolate” Almenteros, and the late Patato Valdez. In addition, hehas accompanied recording artists such as Obie Bermudez, Braulio, Maridalia Hernandez, Sophy Hernandez, JoseJose, Sonia Silvestre, and Alvaro Torres to name a few, as well as gospel great Danilo Montero.Back to Events