Reginald Cyntje (born in Roseau Dominica and raised on St. Thomas, USVI) is a trombonist, educator, producer, and composer. Growing up in the US Virgin Islands (USVI), he was steeped in the rich cultural music known as Quelbe (the official music of the USVI). Quelbe was Reginald’s introduction to improvised music. With cultural heritage at the forefront and social justice as the message, this passionate performer has “a deep-seated knowledge of Caribbean music and culture which has settled into his jazz trombone playing” (NPR Music).
As a trombonist and educator, he's toured the United States, Europe, South America, and the Caribbean. On his recordings, you can hear the sounds of calypso, reggae, and other African-influenced genres which now give his music a unique flavor. Reginald Cyntje, “blessed with impressive facility and an immediacy of sound” (The Independent Ear) now resides in the Washington DC area. Capital Bop views him as “arguably D.C.’s most agile and expressive trombone player.” Reginald is a graduate of the University of the District of Columbia and received his master’s degree at the University of Maryland. He is also a veteran of the US Army (389th Army Band and the 257th Army Band). Currently, he leads his own groups and works as a sideman in numerous bands. He is also the founder/owner of Jegna School of Music, LLC, a school that provides music lessons, workshops and mentoring concerts for intergenerational students; the founder and creative director of Cyntje Music, LLC, a one stop music boutique that includes booking, curating and assisting artists; and a professor of music at Montgomery College and Prince George's Community College. Cyntje has also worked with Jazz at Lincoln Center's "Syncopated Leadership."