John Reynolds

John Reynolds picked up the banjo at the age of 11 and played it throughout high school in various dixieland and jug band groups. His focus shifted to the guitar after he heard Eddie Lang on the 1926 Jean Goldkette recording of "Sunday." His enthusiasm for the instrument reached new heights when he discovered the recordings of Django Reinhardt. He studied with George Smith (of the Paramount Studio Orchestra; Eddie Lang's sub when Bing Crosby needed an accompanist). Reynolds has played with Johnny Crawford’s 1920’s style orchestra, Dean Mora’s Modern Rythmists, Rhythm Club Allstars, and with his brother Ralf in the Rhythm Rascals.
He hosts a monthly show at the Steve Allen Theater called the “Hollywood Hotshots” where he holds court with the jazzingest musicians in Los Angeles. He is the grandson of the early Hollywood star and character actress, ZaSu Pitts.