About Reginald Robinson
20 years after Reginald Robinson’s emergence as a young, self-taught, against the grain pianist and composer, he has become an internationally recognized pianist, recording artist and educator.
His love for music started in 1984 with his brother Marlando playing Big band jazz records at home and then on to ragtime two years later in 7th grade when a city funded arts program (Urban Gateways) gave an assembly with a small jazz ensemble. The assembly was led by jazz trumpeter Orbert Davis and included in the band other jazz luminaries like Ari Brown. In the middle of the show the group played a sample of Scott Joplin’s “The Entertainer” and after hearing it Reginald decided this was the kind of music he wanted to play. Later that year his parents purchased a small electronic keyboard and the following year a real piano. With his parents not being able to afford him a music education, he began to teach himself how to read and write music. This involved self-quizzing from music education books, creating his own piano exercises and studying published music scores and recordings.
In November of 2011 Reginald was featured in a theatrical production called Keep a Song in Your Soul.
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The GSLA is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit community association focused on the overarching mission to maintain and improve the South Loop as a vibrant and diverse, inclusive community. Social events generally located at area businesses to create an opportunity for residents to visit a new business and meet new South Loop neighbors. For more information, visit the GSLA Web site.