While the Fayetteville, North Carolina native seems new on many people’s radars, Reggie
Codrington has actually been performing and recording since the early 90’s and has
eight previous CDs, several under the name Reggie C. His newest project A Vicarious
Experience is due out this summer and offers plenty of groove, R & B and funk for listeners
of all ages. Its 10 luscious tracks tell a story that chronicles a romantic relationship from the
beginning, taking the listener with him on a journey of the ups and downs of love.
Reggie is the son of the nationally known musician and bandleader Ray Codrington, who
played with numerous soul legends, including Little Richard, Gladys Knight and the late
Jackie Wilson. By age five, Codrington learned how to read music and the fundamentals
of musicianship. But his ACP—which required nine intense surgeries before he was 13—
delayed his ability to play the sax for many years. Although many artists cite their parents
as prime influences on their careers, Codrington takes that one step further, inviting his
father Ray—who helped Codrington develop his skills and learn improvisation—to play
trumpet throughout the recording.
Like a lot of career musicians who have taken many recordings to break through,
Codrington has survived his share of disappointments in the music industry. His
commitment to overcoming obstacles stems from the difficulties in his childhood dealing
with Ataxic Cerebral Palsy (ACP), a chronic condition that affects muscle coordination
and depth perception. Receiving a curved soprano sax on his 18th birthday led to a major
transformation, offering a comfortable way to play that he had not previously experienced.
“Something magical happened, and I knew I had found my niche,” he says. “I fell in love.”
Throughout his career, he has held his own on stage headlining many of his own shows,
and also has opened for numerous legends, including Ramsey Lewis once in Charlotte, and
he has played with keyboardist Kevin Tony at the Key Club in Los Angeles. Last year, he
opened for Frankie Beverly and Maze and Charlie Wilson from The Gap Band. Codrington
also played at the star studded Black Caucus in Washington, DC.