Reginald Chapman is an instrumentalist, composer, arranger, and educator born in Williamsburg, Virginia. As a “frequent presence in big bands, orchestras, and alternative rock groups, Reggie has made an indelible mark as a [bass] trombonist with a huge sound, a taste for exploration, and an affinity for playing from the heart.” – RVA News Jazz
A multi-instrumentalist brandishing the tuba, harmonica, bass trumpet, and bass trombone, Reginald is a sideman on more than a few albums, including Tim Barry’s “Rivanna Junction” (2006) and “Manchester” (2008 Suburban Home Records); Megafaun’s self-titled album (2011 Hometape Records); “Big Inner” (2012 Hometape and Spacebomb Records) by Matthew E. White; “Transcendental Youth” by The Mountain Goats (Merge Records 2012, named one of the top ten albums of 2012 by Time magazine); and “Push/Pull” (2013 Parasol Records) by Elsinore. Recently, Reginald has played low brass on Matthew E. White’s “Fresh Blood” (2015 Spacebomb), Bedouine’s self titled LP (2017 Spacebomb), and Foxygen’s “Hang” (2017 Jagjaguar).
A founding and current member of the No BS! Brass Band, Reginald’s compositions, vocals, and bass trombone sounds can be heard on “Where’s Stefan?” (2007), “Alive in Richmond” (2009), “No BS!” (2010) and “Brass Knuckles” (2015). His compositional stylings can also be heard on UTV.Chamber’s 2011 album “The First Letter.” This avant-pop ensemble, active from 2009-2011, was the house band for “The Black Hand Music Series,” a weekly listening-room event created and curated by Reginald in Richmond, Virginia.
Reginald’s musical experiences are wide-ranging and cross-genre. As a classical musician he has performed with the Champaign-Urbana Symphony, the Heartland Festival Orchestra, the Prairie Ensemble, and has recorded an album with The Sycamore Brass. His indie, commercial, and jazz sensibilities have afforded him opportunities to perform at locations ranging from music festivals in France and Italy to Joe’s Pub in Manhattan, New York and The Troubadour and Fillmore West in California. Reginald has been on the recent US tour cycle for Foxygen’s 2017 album, “Hang,” as well as nationally and internationally touring with No BS! Brass. Reginald is anticipating his freshman album, “Prototype,” on Fresh Selects, coming out at the end of 2017. While not touring, Reginald records remotely from his home studio in Champaign, Illinois.
Reginald Chapman earned his B.A. in Classical Music Performance, and has taught as an adjunct jazz professor, at Virginia Commonwealth University under the direction of Profs. Ross Walter and Rex Richardson. He is a member of the award-winning Jazz Trombone Ensemble at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, where he completed his M.M.A. in Jazz Trombone Performance and is currently completing a D.M.A. in Jazz Bass Trombone Performance with a cognate in Classical Compositions under the advisement of Prof. Jim Pugh.
"Reggie is just an other worldly musician... he will transform your vibrations... money back guarantee." ----Steven Bernstein