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Jeff "Tain" Watts

1960 -

Origin: United States

Main instrument: Drums/percussion

Genre: Jazz

Renowned for his remarkable skill and mastery of complex rhythms, Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts fuses powerful and explosive playing with a rare sense of elegance and finesse. One of today’s most in-demand jazz drummers, Watts made his name in part for his work as a member of Wynton Marsalis’ famed group. A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Watts started playing drums as a child. Majoring in classical percussion at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, he pursued his studies at the Berklee School of Music, where he met Branford Marsalis and discovered jazz fusion. He then joined the Wynton Marsalis quartet in 1981, winning three Grammy Awards with them for Black Codes From The Underground, J Mood and Marsalis Standard Time. Leaving the group in 1988, he worked with George Benson, Harry Connick. Jr. and McCoy Tyner and was part of the Branford Marsalis Quartet from 1989 to 2009, winning two other Grammys for I Heard You Twice the First Time and Contemporary Jazz. Onscreen, he’s also performed as one of the musicians on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and in Spike Lee’s film Mo’ Better Blues. Returning to New York in 1995, Watts joined Kenny Garrett’s group 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, Steve Coleman, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, and Ravi Coltrane. In addition to his vast discography as an accompanist, he’s released eight albums under his own name: Citizen Tain (Sony, 1999), Bar Talk (Sony 2002), MegaWatts (Sunnyside 2003), Detained, Live at the Blue Note (Half Note 2004), Folk's Songs (Dark Key Music, 2007), WATTS (Dark Key Music 2009), Family (Dark Key Music 2011) and Blue, Vol. 1 (Dark Key Music 2015).

1989 Branford Marsalis Thursday, July 6, 1989 at 6 p.m.
Théâtre St-Denis
Friday, July 7, 1989 at 6 p.m.
Théâtre St-Denis
1991 Brandford Marsalis Trio Saturday, June 29, 1991 at 6 p.m.
Théâtre Maisonneuve
1992 Une Soirée avec Branford Marsalis Saturday, July 4, 1992 at 8:30 p.m.
Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier
1996 Sylvain Gagnon, Joey Calderazzo, Jeff "Train" Watts Friday, July 5, 1996 at 10 p.m.
Salle du Gésu
2001 Michael Brecker Quartet with James Genus, Jeff "Tain" Watts & Joey Calderazzo Thursday, June 28, 2001 at 7:30 p.m.
Monument National
2015 NeTTwork with Charnett Moffett, Stanley Jordan and Jeff ‘‘Tain’’ Watts Friday, June 26, 2015 at 10:30 p.m.
Gesù — Centre de créativité

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