Reggie Graves Album Release Party, Performing with Jazz Theory
Thu Jul 9 @ 7:00 PM
Doors will open 30 minutes early for Baby Grand Members. Learn more about Middle C Jazz club memberships.
Reginald (Reggie) Graves
Reggie Graves, born June 19, 1962, in Greensboro, NC, the son of Clarence Graves and Mary E. Hopkins Graves. Reggie has an extensive background in playing the electric, acoustic and bass guitar. He is also experienced on the keyboard. His inspiration was derived by such artists as: Prince, Carlos Santana, Al McKay of Earth Wind and Fire, George Benson, Neal Schon ofJourney, Johnny Dubose Jr., Al Di Meola, Johnny Graham ofEarth Wind & Fire and Norman Brown. Having played the guitar for over 30 years, Reggie is currently working towards producing his first solo project.
Inspired by his father, Clarence Graves, Reggie Graves took an interest in music at an early age. He is one of six children, four of which took an interest in music, but only three pursued music as a career. At age 12, his father encouraged him to play the guitar.
Between the ages of 14-16, Reggie and his brothers formed their own band and performed at various Talent Shows. (Larry-Bass, Tony-Drums and Reggie-Guitar)
In 1980-1998, the Graves brothers and James “Coffee” Yourseformed the group, Covacus, and toured the East Coast. The group played for Fraternities, Clubs, and various Convention Center Events. The group recorded their first single in 1986, and also won the Budweiser Fest Contest in the same year. Covacusopened for major groups such as: Bar-Kays, Bohannon, and Kool & the Gang.
Starting in 1989, Reggie’s musical preference changed from R&B to Gospel. He joined with the group, Partners in Christ; and they performed at various local churches throughout the Piedmont Triad area. The group opened for the Mississippi Mass Choir, and successfully recorded a two song demo tape.
In 1997-2004, his career continued moving in a positive direction by professionally recording with various artists. To name a few: Rodney Posey, Betty Griffin Keller, T.D. Jakes, Donald Lawrence, Daryl Coley, Shirley Caesar, Twinkle Clark Rodney Bryant, Mt. Zion Baptist Church Choir and the Fresh Start Ministry Project. Reggie worked extensively with Grammy Award winning producer, Cedric Thompson, on several gospel recording projects. During this time period, Reggie took his gospel interest on the road, touring GA, CA, VA, KY, TN, MD and NY. Among his accomplishments was University Park Baptist Church project “One Thing That I Desire”. In addition, he toured with: Richard Smallwood, Karen Clark Sheared, Ted and Sherri, Maurette Brown Clark and Vanessa Williams on the “Alliance Tour”. Recording projects include Tyrone Wilkinsonand Ensemble of Spartanburg, SC and Patrick Lundy of the Baltimore/D.C. area. In July of 2005, he performed at T.D. Jakes “Mega Fest”.
In 2006-2007, Reggie partnered in two tours, the Alliance Tour and the Finale Tour, around the country with Donald Lawrence. As well as, performing in two of Donald Lawrence’s gospel plays, Bible Stories and Sing Hallelujah. Tony Award recipients of the play Sing Hallelujah. Reggie performed in the Donald Lawrence and Tri-City finale CD/DVD live recording project. On December 11, 2010, he performed as backup guitarist for Jeff Kashiwa of contemporary Jazz group The Rippingtons.
Since 2011, Reggie’s success continues as he performs live with such artists as: R&B recording artist Miles Jay, Jazz artist Joey Somerville, Jazz artist Marcus Johnson, Jazz Saxaphonist Mike Phillips, Jazz Trombonist Jeff Bradshaw and R&B artistStephanie Mills.
Currently, Reggie is employed at Nations Ford Community Church as a guitarist. He is also a guitar instructor/band coach at the musical institution, Creative Ej. He carries a strong passion for helping young kids develop their musical talents. Reggie’s goals consist of producing, composing, writing and arranging songs for artists and self. His hopes are to become the CEO of his own record company and/or record label.
MIDDLE C JAZZ | Ticket Terms and Conditions
1. Final sale. No refunds, no exchanges, not transferable.
2. We are located at 300 South Brevard Street, at the corner of South Brevard and East M.L.K. Jr. Boulevard.
3. Enter on South Brevard Street.
4. Paid parking is available in the 300 South Brevard deck, accessible via East M.L.K. Jr. Boulevard. Space is not guaranteed.
5. If traveling via public transportation, the nearest LYNX stop is the 3rd/Convention Center Station.
6. Seating is first-come at the door. Only Baby Grand Members qualify for early seating.
7. Doors open 30 minutes prior to the performance for General Admission ticket-holders. Doors open one hour prior to the performance for Baby Grand Members for the first show of the night. If time permits, members will be allowed early access to the second show but only the first show of the night will have guaranteed 30-minute early entry for Baby Grand Members.
8. Photography or recording of any kind is strictly prohibited. Smartphones are permitted.
• Tickets can be redeemed using a smartphone, no printing is required.
• All shows all ages unless otherwise posted, but please consider this is an adult setting.
• A full bar and light food menu are available throughout the show.
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