John Reynolds may not be a name recognized by a wide mainstream audience, but his contributions as a recording sound engineer, live mixer and musician have made a considerable impact in the Portland music community.
Reynolds, age 61, was recently diagnosed with cerebellar ataxia, a condition that in less than five months has confined him to a wheelchair, wracked with violent tremors and unable to attend to the basic necessities of life. Doctors have been unable to determine the underlying disease causing this, but until then, he needs considerable support through this time.
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The Jeremy Wilson Foundation
ATT: John Reynolds
1028 SE WATER AVE STE 230 PORTLAND, OR 97214
(Make checks payable to The Jeremy Wilson Foundation and put John Reynolds in the note section of your check as your desired recipient. PLEASE NOTE: Your contribution is made with the understanding that the Jeremy Wilson Foundation has complete control and administration over the use of your donated funds.)
A message from good friend and musician, James Faretheewell:
John Reynolds has worked in the studio with artists in many genres, both in Northern California and Portland, including Pele Juju, Zun Zun, Bossa Nouveau, Ukulele Dick, Vivid Curve and Scott Fisher. His original music is featured in a documentary film, which aired in major cities nationally on PBS in 2006, called “Nuestra Familia” (Our Family) and recorded the music of Zun Zun for the motion picture “Archie’s Final Project.” He has mixed concert sound for many international touring artists, including Ray Charles, Shawn Colvin, James Brown, Etta James, Stephane Grappelli, Gladys Knight and more. He has performed in Portland for a decade with The Dead Beetles, Vivid Curve, and most recently, Thumptown.
I am, with a group of John Reynolds friends, alarmed and concerned about his health and a system of health care that does not respond to individuals in the direst of situations. John has a condition called Ataxia. He cannot walk, use a computer or play guitar! At times his whole body has tremors so violent that it is hard for him to stay in his chair.
I have known John for a number of years and found him to be a kind and generous man who lives for making music. He has recorded and produced CD’s by many artists. He poured his heart into the projects, making the finished products greater then the sum of their parts and did it for less money then he should have. He is at risk of losing his home, possibly his life and we are at risk of losing a valuable artist and friend.
There will be a concert fundraiser and auction at Artichoke Music on September 7th called ‘What’s Shakin’?” to raise money for the The Jeremy Wilson Foundation’s John Reynolds Relief Fund. Click here for more details.
You can find out more about John Reynolds by visiting http://reynoldsaudio.com. Listen to his own recordings from his various projects in the SoundCloud player below.
*photos of John Reynolds taken by Miri Stebivka at Mirifoto.