REGGIE PADILLA - Reggie Padilla


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Reginald Padilla was born and raised in Long Island, NY. He began his musical journey at the age of seven on the piano, and by nine, began studying the saxophone as well. While studying classical piano, Reggie was also exposed to a wide variety of music. He earned his Bachelors Degree in Classical Piano Performance from Long Island University at C.W. Post, and a Master’s Degree in Music Education from New York University.
Throughout his career, Reggie has had the opportunity to study and participate in master classes with Lew Soloff, Phil Woods, Jim Snidero, Doc Severinsen, Marcus Roberts, Billy Taylor, Pete Malinverni, Bob Albanese, Don Friedman, and Martin Wind. He has performed with Valery Ponomarev, Stafford Hunter, Yasuko Hayakawa, Eric Miyashiro, Dan Hill, Stephen Bishop, Yvonne Eliman and Abe Lagrimas Jr..
In January 2007, Reginald relocated to Honolulu, Hawaii and continued his musical journey. He is now a member of the internationally acclaimed and award winning quintet Bop Tribal. Reggie continues to perform and record around the world on both tenor saxophone and piano. He currently directs the jazz ensemble at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, has a private teaching studio, and frequently performs with the Royal Hawaiian Band on saxophones.
In February of 2011, Reginald performed with Dan Hill, Stephen Bishop, and Yvonne Eliman in the Philippines, at Araneta Coliseum. He also played with Yvonne Eliman at the Cotton Club in Tokyo, Japan

Recently, during the APEC Summit, Reggie performed on saxophone for the president of the Philippines.
Reginald’s latest performing credits include playing for renowned singer, Lani Mislaucha.

Discography: "Almost Home" Reggie Padilla, pass out records 2012
"The Change I'm Seeking" Mike Love, 2012
"Now Serving" Family Dinner, pass out records 2011
"Bop Tribal" Bop Tribal pass out records 2008
"Revolution of the Cool" Kyle Jason, Slam Media Inc 2005


Why did you choose to become a musician?
Since starting piano at age 7 and saxophone at age 9, I have always been performing in public. I choose to become a musician after playing one particular gig in high school. It was at a carnival, and I remember that from the stage, it looked like a see of people. I really enjoyed seeing how the music made everyone so happy and it was really amazing watching everyone dance and react to what we were playing. Once I had a taste of that feeling, I thought, I'd like to do this all the time!

What is your experience when you feel connected into the music?
When I feel connected to the music, I feel like I can play anything I want…its almost like the music is playing itself. Any type of negative thoughts or self doubt seem to disappear. I also feel a deep connection with the audience too.

What is your experience of when you don't feel connected to your music?
When I don't feel connected with the music, I'm still able to play, but I have to try and breath and re-center myself. When I'm not connected, I feel like the more I try to play better, the worse I play. It feels forced and contrived.

Where does your inspiration comes from? What does it feel like?
My inspiration comes from everywhere and everything. All my past experiences, influences, travels, etc…all inspire me. My loved ones are always bringing me inspiration, especially my wife, Dani. The ocean is a great source of inspiration as well as my puppy, Stella Bean:)

What is your experience while improvising? Does it relate to any spirituality you may practice in your life?
When I improvise and I am connected to the music, there is a great sense of flow…again, like the music is playing itself. Sometimes I think theoretically, sometimes melodically, some times rhythmically, sometimes I just dig in and play with raw emotion. I like to relate my improvisations with the ocean and the feeling I get while I surf, which is very spiritual for me. You can never ride the same wave twice! Every time I go out and perform, Its always different, dynamic, changing…even if I'm playing the same tune.

Where does your inspiration while composing come from? What is your experience of that inspiration like?
When I compose, I draw my inspiration from everywhere and everything too! Sometimes I write about my loved ones, past experiences, a feeling, the ocean, etc…Sometimes I get inspired by music theory, playing the piano, a harmonic device, another song, hearing great musicians, etc...

Do you have any fun stories of inspirational moments to share?
One fun moment I get inspired by was playing piano for a master class in front of jazz pianist Marcus Roberts. I played two tunes: "Have You Met Miss Jones" and "Autumn Leaves." At the time, I was very new to jazz and jazz improvisation. When I finished playing, Mr. Roberts said, "Do you listen to jazz music?!!!" I was very embarrassed and I learned how important it was to listen to jazz in order to learn the language of jazz. I also learned how to get back up after getting knocked down! The cool thing Mr. Roberts demonstrated afterwards was playing those two tunes in the style of Monk, Bill Evans, Art Tatum, Fats Waller, etc….It was amazing.