Ernie Watts

Today is the birthday of one of jazz’s most talented saxophonist of modern times–Ernie Watts. Born in Norfolk, Virginia, this dynamic jazz and R&B horn player has done it all. He attended Berklee College of Music on a scholarship; He toured with Buddy Rich in the mid-1960’s; was a member of Oliver Nelson’s group (remember Stolen Moments featured in ii-V-I: A JassOdyssey as the backdrop music when Miles and Uncle Roland went back in time to the 1960’s); was the tenor sax player for the Tonight Show Band under Doc Severinsen, and even was the featured soloist with Marvin Gaye during his early days at Motown. Watts has also won two Grammy Awards, and is an excellent session musician. We both share a love for Keilwerth brand saxophones, but at one time Watts played “The Mystery Horn,” which was actually a straight neck C Melody saxophone made by Conn.

Other artists that Watts has recorded with include Kurt Elling, Randy Crawford, Stanley Clark, Donald Byrd, Helen Reddy, Charlie Hadden, Bobby Hutcherson, Dizzy Gillespie, and many, many more.

One of my favorite albums by him is Four plus Four, featuring the song “A Quiet Corner.” Lets make this record “The Album Of The Day.”

Ernie Watts. Born in Norfolk, Virginia, this dynamic jazz and R&B horn player has done it all. He attended Berklee College of Music on a scholarship; He toured with Buddy Rich in the mid-1960’s; was a member of Oliver Nelson’s group (remember Stolen Moments featured in ii-V-I: A JassOdyssey as the backdrop music when Miles and Uncle Roland went back in time to the 1960’s); was the tenor sax player for the Tonight Show Band under Doc Severinsen, and even was the featured soloist with Marvin Gaye during his early days at Motown. Watts has also won two Grammy Awards, and is an excellent session musician. We both share a love for Keilwerth brand saxophones, but at one time Watts played “The Mystery Horn,” which was actually a straight neck C Melody saxophone made by Conn.

Other artists that Watts has recorded with include Kurt Elling, Randy Crawford, Stanley Clark, Donald Byrd, Helen Reddy, Charlie Hadden, Bobby Hutcherson, Dizzy Gillespie, and many, many more.

One of my favorite albums by him is Four plus Four, featuring the song “A Quiet Corner.” Lets make this record “The Album Of The Day.”

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