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John with the Gaslamp Quarter Jazz Orchestra

Dr. John Reynolds is a highly sought trumpeter in Southern California, adept in performing many styles of music. John holds a Doctorate in Musical Arts from the University of Southern California as well as degrees from San Diego State University and Point Loma Nazarene University.

John performs frequently with his own groups, the John Reynolds Jazz Quintet and the Gaslamp Quarter Jazz Orchestra. He is often contracted as a freelance trumpeter throughout Southern California. John has performed with Jazz legends including John Clayton, Jeff Hamilton, Gerald Clayton, Rickey Woodard, Graham Dechter, Jackie Ryan, Bob Mintzer, Peter Erskine, Bobby Shew, Frank Mantooth, Gilbert Castellanos, Marshall Hawkins and many others. Other groups with which he has performed include Westwind Brass, Millennia Consort, the San Diego Symphony and the San Diego Chamber Orchestra. As an active part of the San Diego music community, he can be seen performing frequently in both Jazz and Classical venues.

The SoCal Jazz Society recently recognized Dr. Reynolds as the “Jazz Educator of the Year.” In addition, the music faculty of John’s alma mater, San Diego State University, awarded him “2016 Outstanding Alumnus of the Year.” The Jazz Ensemble that Dr. Reynolds directs at the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts was recently ranked as one of the top 15 in the nation, and was a finalist in the prestigious Essentially Ellington competition, held at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City. John is the music department chair and director of Jazz Studies at San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts and currently serves as adjunct Professor of Jazz Studies at Grossmont College.