Originally from Houston, Texas Reggie Quinerly began playing the drums at an early age. His dedication and curious nature lead his parents to search out private instructors who would challenge and hone his musical skills. After graduating from the renown High School for the Visual and Performing Arts(HSPVA) he made his transition into the New York jazz scene, continuing his studies at the New School University. Later he received a Master’s degree from The Juilliard School’s Jazz division. Since relocating he has performed with a wide array of performers including, saxophonist Greg Osby, NEA Jazz Master Von Freeman, Branford Marsalis, trumpeter Wynton Marsalis and legendary educator/performer Bob Stewart. He has also had the fortune of learning from master drummers Jimmy Cobb, Joe Chambers, Lewis Nash and Kenny Washington.
As a composer and bandleader he has released three highly acclaimed recordings “Music Inspired by Freedmantown” (2012),“Invictus”(2015) and “Words to Love”(2018) which all feature his original compositions. Each project is unique in its conception and seeks to invoke a wide range of emotion. In 2017 he fulfilled a life-long goal of returning to higher education, this time as a Juilliard faculty member specializing in Jazz History. In the summer of 2019 he joined the faculty at Hunter College, which is one of the constituent colleges of the City University of New York. As a lecturer he has presented master classes at Tulane University(New Orleans), The Cultural Arts Center of Galicia, Spain and since 2012 he has created and implemented music curriculum for several school districts throughout northern New Jersey. These music programs teach young children teamwork through the fundamentals of rhythm, melody, harmony and songwriting.