The extraordinarily gifted pianist and composer, Wesley David Reynoso, was born in the Dominican Republic (La Isabela, Puerto Plata) and currently serves as the organist and the director/co-founder of the Grace School of Music with Wesley Reynoso for Grace Baptist Church in Mount Vernon, New York. At the early age of six, Reynoso’s encounter with the church, his brother’s guitar, and his father’s accordion sealed his fate and subsequently triggered his journey toward a musical career as a world-class pianist and universally talented musician. By the time Reynoso was a teenager, he was performing in many hotels and resorts across Puerto Plata, including the world-renowned, Playa Dorada. Greatly influenced by jazz masters Art Tatum, Oscar Peterson, Phineas Newborn, Jr., Bill Evans, Herbie Hancock, Keith Jarrett and many others, Reynoso is well-versed in jazz, Latin jazz, gospel, classical, and contemporary music. He has also studied the organ, accordion, trumpet, and guitar.
Wesley has dedicated more than 20 years to the study of music and continues to travel around the world (Japan, Europe, Puerto Rico, US, etc.) sharing his gift. He began his formal musical training at Centro de la Cultura in Santiago, Dominican Republic where he focused on musical theory and composition. He has studied at the Instituto de Musica Sagrada in San Juan, Puerto Rico; The French Conservatory; Harlem School of the Arts; Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, and other noteworthy educational institutions. Some of his master teachers include Bruce Barth (New York), Reinaldo Jorge (Santiago, DR), Walter Grandberry (New York), Mike Longo (New York), Matt Michaels (Detroit, MI), Roberto Milano (Puerto Rico), and Delfin Perez (New York).
Reynoso moved to New York in 1995 and quickly found himself performing alongside Merengue masters such as Ruby Perez, Milly Quezada, Sergio Vargas, Johnny Ventura, and many others. It didn’t take him long to establish a reputation as a force to be reckoned with on the piano. Soon after, Reynoso graced some of New York’s most famous stages such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Madison Square Garden, and the Apollo Theater. Later on, Wesley performed with Grammy-award winning artist, Diane Shuur at the Detroit International Jazz Festival and master jazz trumpeter, Marcus Belgrave. He also played with Grammy-nominee, Earl Klugh in New York, along with a host of other artists at the Heineken Jazz Festival in Puerto Rico.
Reynoso has collaborated with and played alongside some of the greatest musicians in the industry including: salsa greats like Alfredo De La Fe, Rey De La Paz, Paquito Guzman, Herman Olivera, and Hector Trioche; and jazz greats like James Carter, Café Da Sliva, Romero Lubambo, Paul Keller, Joe Lovano, Steve Turre, and Antonio Sanchez. He has also performed with Latin jazz artists such as Memo Acevedo, Richie Flores, Luis Quintero, Roberto Quintero, Alfredo “Chocolate” Almenteros, the late Patato Valdez, and Dave Valentin. In addition, he has accompanied recording artists such as Obie Bermudez, Braulio, Maridalia Hernandez, Jose Jose, Sonia Silvestre, and Alvaro Torres to name a few, as well as gospel greats, Danilo Montero and Richard Smallwood.
Wesley currently resides in New York.