REGGIE WASHINGTON | RAINBOW SHADOW
Reggie Washington’s Rainbow Shadow is a quartet dedicated to the memory of Jef Lee Johnson, guitar player who passed away early 2013.
This set of pictures was shot when the band played in Paris, at the Duc des Lombards on may 6th, 2016.
I’ve had the pleasure to meet Jef Lee a couple times while he was touring and when I did the documentary for Reggie’s FREEDOM album I spent some extensive time with him, Reggie and Gene Lake.
He was truly a wonderful human being and an amazing musician, you can check his work on his FaceBook Page.
Reggie Washington is a long time friend of mine, my first exposure to his talent was when he was playing with Steve Coleman and Five Elements back in 1993 and eventually we met in 2002 and 2005 when I was Steve’s Road Manager during that time. This is one of the funniest cat I know and a dedicated musician.
You can check Reggie’s incredible bass sound on so many recordings it’s crazy ! You better check his biography at JAMMIN COLORS.
This band is performing almost constantly since about 16 months and they are pretty tight. They played some of Jef’s composition as well as some tunes by Reggie.
The line-up is :
- Reggie Washington – Leader, Woody bass
- Marvin Sewell – Electric guitars
- DJ Grazzhoppa – Turntables and electronics
- Patrick Dorcean – Drums
You can see my pics in the GALLERY HERE
I always bring two DSLR with me for a concert, my main body is the PENTAX K-3 and the K-5 as a secondary one. I’ve made a USER mode dedicated to concert shooting and my max ISO for this event was 2500 on the K-3 and I go up to 3200 with the K-5.
For this event I had to film video as well, so I used the Panasonic HC-X920 for this task, a great bang for the bucks video camcorder. I recorded the sound with my Zoom H1 audio recorder. Unfortunately I was only allowed one camera to film this concert.
As I know the Duc Des Lombards venue quiet well I decided my main lens on the K-3 will be the Pentax DA* 50-135mm f/2,8, and I decided to use either the Pentax SMC 15mm f/4 Limited or Pentax DA 35mm f/2,4 with the K-5.
But the problem was that the light was so low on stage the 50-135mm had trouble with AF, so I switched to the Sigma 70-200mm F2,8 EX DG APO OS HSM at some point during the second set. 70 mm is way too short in this venue but I got some pretty nice shot of Reggie and Marvin with this setup.
The club was packed and it was difficult to move around the stage, plus the fact that I was filming at the same time, at the end I only took 10 mins each set to shoot pictures.
Reggie Washington’s FREEDOM album teaser:
Reggie Washington FREEDOM trio playing “Take the Coltrane” :
If you want informations about the band, you can contact JAMMIN COLORS