Effects de Panamá
The history of
Reggie Boyce’s Jazz Effects began circa 1987, when the group
was known as the Bat Gordon Quartet. Bat Gordon was the
saxophonist and leader. Around July of 1990 Bat appointed
trumpet player Reggie Boyce as a substitute trumpeter while
he was on a vacation trip to New York.
Several years went by and Bat never returned. Bass player
Jimmy Maxwell took over the group and the name was changed
to the Jimmy Maxwell Quartet. During those years many
talented musicians were a part of the group. In 1991 Ricky
Staple became the replacement drummer for Harold Berry,
better known as Zaggy. Alberto Philips replaced maestro Art
Fisher on Piano. The only original member of the Bat Gordon
group was Jimmy Maxwell.
During this time the band was playing at Las Bovedas in
Casco Viejo. In 1992 jazz singer Barbara Wilson would stop
by to sing with the group. The French restaurant owner liked
her and decided to hire her. She then became a permanent
part of the group, now known as The Jimmy Maxwell Quartet
with Barbara Wilson. In 1996 a close friend of Jimmy’s
suggested the band could do better by leaving Las Bovedas
and move to the Caesar Park Hotel. The band struggled with
the decision of whether to leave a comfortable well known
venue for an unknown one. Jimmy decided to make the change.
The group supported the decision and they moved. At a new
venue and with a permanent singer it was suggested the band
needed a new name. Each member was asked to come up with a
name. Reggie was the only one who had a name. They all like
it and it was adopted. And, of March 1st of 1997,
Jimmy Maxwell turned the leadership of the group over to
Reggie Boyce. And the band was now called JAZZ EFFECTS.
Jazz Effects has performed in the most popular venues in
Panama and Colon: El Centro de Convenciones ATLAPA, El
Teatro Balboa, Hotel Caesar Park (now the Sheraton),
Restaurante Las Bovedas, Hotel Intercontinental Miramar,
Hotel Bristol, Hotel Intercontinental Playa Bonita, Club
Union, Teatro Nacional, and other major locations in Panama
and Colon. The band frequently plays for private functions;
weddings, parties, birthdays and other festive events.
The band recorded an album on CD in 1998 with vocalist
Barbara Wilson and again, another CD in 2005 with vocalist
Idania Dowman. This second CD was entirely composed by
Pianist Alberto Philips. The group was invited by the Danilo
Perez Foundation to play in three of the four Panama Jazz
March 1, 2007 marked the band’s ten year anniversary and the
group celebrated with a gala at the Crown Casino on Via
Espana in Panama City. Helping Reggie with the celebration
was Carlos Garnett and his quintet.
Currently the band plays on Thursdays and Friday nights at
the Crown Casino at the Sheraton Hotel, from 7:30-9:30 p.m.
and Sunday from 8:00 p.m. to 12:00 midnight.
Jazz standards, blues, Dixieland, funk, Latin jazz, boleros
Reggie Boyce Flugelhorn, trumpet, vocals, leader
Alberto Philips Piano
Idania Dowman Vocalist
Danny Clovis Drums
Antonio Jamerson Bass