Dr. Reynolds performs frequently with his own groups, the John Reynolds Jazz Quintet and the Gaslamp Quarter Jazz Orchestra. He has performed with jazz legends including John Clayton, Jeff Hamilton, Gerald Clayton, Rickey Woodard, Graham Dechter, Jackie Ryan, Bob Mintzer, Peter Erskine, Bobby Shew, Frank Mantooth, Gilbert Castellanos, Marshall Hawkins, and many others. Other groups with which he has performed include the San Diego Symphony, Westwind Brass, Millennia Consort, and the San Diego Chamber Orchestra. In 2016, the SoCal Jazz Society recognized Dr. Reynolds as the “Jazz Educator of the Year.” In addition, San Diego State University awarded him “2016 Outstanding Alumnus of the Year.”
Since its inception in 2014, the Jazz Studies program at San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts (SDSCPA), which Dr. Reynolds created and directed, has received high acclaim, including two invitations as finalists to the prestigious Essentially Ellington Competition at Jazz at Lincoln Center. Students under Dr. Reynolds' tutelage have received admission to and scholarships from renowned institutions, including The Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, USC Thornton School of Music, Eastman School of Music, Berklee College of Music, and many others. In 2019, the San Diego Unified School District Visual and Performing Arts Department presented Dr. Reynolds with the "Artistic Growth" award in recognition of his exceptional work at SDSCPA. Dr. Reynolds is a consultant for Jazz at Lincoln Center, performing as a guest artist, clinician, and adjudicator for regional Essentially Ellington festivals across the country.