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Jeff “Tain” Watts + Kurt Rosenwinkel

Jeff “Tain” Watts + Kurt Rosenwinkel

Jeff “Tain” Watts + Kurt Rosenwinkel
@ the PizzaExpress Jazz Club
20 November 2018

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Jef “Tain” Watts biography

Jeff Watts, the drummer they call “Tain,” spent his formative years with Wynton and Branford Marsalis, and his compositional skills now command equal attention, earning Watts a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2017.

Watts initially majored in classical percussion at Pittsburgh's Duquesne University, where he was primarily a timpanist, followed by enrolment at the Berklee School of Music. Watts joined the Wynton Marsalis Quartet in 1981 and proceeded to win three Grammy Awards with the ensemble: Black Codes From The Underground, J Mood and Marsalis Standard Time. Watts left Wynton Marsalis in 1988. After working with George Benson, Harry Connick. Jr. and McCoy Tyner, he joined the Branford Marsalis Quartet in 1989, winning Grammy's for “I Heard You Twice the First Time” and Contemporary Jazz.

In the film and television industry Watts has appeared as both a musician on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and as an actor, Rhythm Jones in Spike Lee’s "Mo Better Blues’. Watts joined Kenny Garrett’s band after returning to New York in 1995 and continued to record and tour with Branford Marsalis as well as Danilo Perez, Michael Brecker, Betty Carter, Kenny Kirkland, Courtney Pine, Geri Allen, Alice Coltrane, Greg Osby, McCoy Tyner, Steve Coleman, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Harry Connick Jr, and Ravi Coltrane.

Kurt Rosenwinkel biograpy

Kurt Rosenwinkel (born October 28, 1970) is an American jazz guitarist and keyboardist who came to prominence in the 1990s. With a career spanning almost twenty-five years, collaborating with dynamic peers like Brad Mehldau, Brian Blade, Mark Turner, Joshua Redman, Chris Potter; and esteemed jazz elders like Joe Henderson, Paul Motian and Gary Burton, Rosenwinkel’s indelible mark in music is the consummation of being steeped in the rich and deep traditions of jazz, springing off of the shoulders of such vital underpinnings to elevate his own art to new heights, evolving the language in a way no other guitarist has since his arrival.

Jeff “Tain” Watts + Kurt Rosenwinkel

Jeff “Tain” Watts + Kurt Rosenwinkel Jeff “Tain” Watts + Kurt Rosenwinkel

Jeff “Tain” Watts + Kurt Rosenwinkel

Jeff “Tain” Watts + Kurt Rosenwinkel Jeff “Tain” Watts + Kurt Rosenwinkel

Jeff “Tain” Watts + Kurt Rosenwinkel

Jeff “Tain” Watts + Kurt Rosenwinkel

Jeff “Tain” Watts + Kurt Rosenwinkel

Jeff “Tain” Watts + Kurt Rosenwinkel


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