Reynolds Mullins was born on July 11, 1925 in Harlem Hospital, New York to Elmira and Robert Mullins. He departed this life on Tuesday, December 3, 2019. He had two brothers Rupert Mullins (deceased) and Alvin Mullins (deceased) and a sister Adella Cooper.
Reynolds graduated from high school and joined the workforce. Some of his occupations were shipping clerk, department store worker and construction worker. However, his real love was in making music. He started out studying classical music at the young age of seven until he was fifteen. He stopped studying classical music for a while and he began listening to jazz music at sixteen and liked what he heard, so he really started to get into it.
Zeke’s (as he was affectionately called) early influences were Benny Goodman, Teddy Wilson and Lionel Hampton. He started to listen intently to jazz notes and chords and taught himself on his piano how to play the various notes and chords of jazz. He also played the saxophone and the organ. When he was eighteen years old he started playing with Lionel Hampton whom he played with for eighteen years.
Zeke traveled with Lionel Hampton all over the world, visiting places such as: Europe, Russia, Germany, Switzerland, the Far East and other overseas countries. Zeke has also played with other stars including: Stevie Wonder, Diana Washington, Vinnie Knight and others. He enjoyed listening to John Coltrane, Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker and Horace Silver to name a few.
Zeke recently played with The Harlem Blues and Jazz Band. He was also a member of The Jazz Foundation of New York. He is preceded in death by: Maleek Jack Sr., Veronica Jack, Francesca Jack, Pamela Thorpe, as well as his two brothers and parents.
He leaves to mourn: his granddaughter, Ladonna Clements (who was his caregiver); his grandchildren and great-grandchildren: Maleek Jack Jr., Keisha Jack, Terry Jack, John Ferreira and Diane Jack; his sister, Adella Cooper;
nephew, Cecil Mullins; nieces: Anita Mullin, Kathy Johnson, Cheryl Smith and Donna Cole; grand-nieces: Patricia Niasse, Angela Johnson, Najah Cole, Nubia Smith; grand-nephews: Michael Johnson, Kashaun Smith, Kareem Smith, Seregne Niasse, Kaazim Cole, Brian Johnson, Destiny Johnson, Tristan Carnes and a host of friends and acquaintances.