Born on the island of Dominica and raised on St. Thomas, USVI, trombonist Reginald Cyntje has been mixing cultural heritage with Black American Music since the beginning of his formative years.
Growing up in the US Virgin Islands (USVI), he was steeped in the rich cultural music known as Quelbe (the official music of the USVI).
Quelbe was Reginald’s introduction to improvised music. One of his favorite Quelbe songs, Queen Mary, has a powerful message set to syncopated rhythm. This song sets the tone for his mission as a musician - to inspire change with music.
With cultural heritage at the forefront and social justice as the message, this passionate performer has “a deep-seated knowledge of Caribbean music and culture which has settled into his jazz trombone playing” (NPR Music).
Recently, Cyntje released his sophomore album simply titled ‘Love’ (July 2013). The Washington City Paper said Love “is thoughtful and surpassingly gorgeous.” The album is a tribute to the human spirit.
As a trombonist, educator and activist, Reginald has performed with great musicians including Dr. Billy Taylor, Illinois Jacquet, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, Dion Parson and the 21st Century Band, Ron Blake and many others. After sharing the stage with his mentors for many years, Reginald finally released his highly anticipated debut album ‘Freedom’s Children: The Celebration’ in August of 2011.
On his recordings, you can hear the sounds of calypso, reggae, and other African influenced genres which now give his music a unique flavor.
Reginald Cyntje, “blessed with impressive facility and an immediacy of sound” now resides in the Washington, DC area (The Independent Ear). Capital Bop views him as “arguably D.C.’s most agile and expressive trombone player.”
The concept of his music ministry is to spread love, peace and social justice with each expression.
Reginald is a graduate of the University of the District of Columbia and is currently working on his master’s degree at the University of Maryland.