Bobby Watson

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Larry Appelbaum & Bobby Watson
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A Grammy-nominated saxophonist, composer, producer, and educator, Bobby Watson trained formally at the University of Miami and then earned his “doctorate” as musical director of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, the ultimate "postgraduate school" for ambitious young players. Along the way, he worked with notable jazz artists Max Roach, Louis Hayes, George Coleman, Sam Rivers and Wynton and Branford Marsalis, as well as vocalists Joe Williams, Dianne Reeves, Lou Rawls, Betty Carter, and Carmen Lundy.

Later, in association with bassist Curtis Lundy and drummer Victor Lewis, Watson launched the first edition of Horizon, his acoustic quintet. He has also led the High court of Swing (a tribute to the music of Johnny Hodges), The Tailor-Made Big Band and is a founding member of the highly acclaimed 29th Street Saxophone Quartet. Watson also wrote original music for the sound track of Robert De Niro’s directorial debut A Bronx Tale. Bobby has recorded 26 records as a leader and appears on over 80 recordings to date.

He has over 100 compositions recorded, and his long time publisher, Second Floor Music, publishes many of his original combo and big band arrangements. His recent recordings on Palmetto records are From the Heart, Live and Learn, and Horizon Reassembled. Bobby was a member of the adjunct faculty and taught private saxophone at William Patterson University 1985-86 and Manhattan School of Music 1996-1999.

In 2000, Bobby was awarded the first William and Mary Grant/Missouri Professor of Jazz, an endowed professorship in jazz and serves as the director of jazz studies at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance. His latest release From the Heart was number one on the jazz radio charts.

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Artist’s website

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Articles on Bobby Watson

03/14/14    Albums    By Bill Beuttler

Check Cashing Day
Bobby Watson & the "I Have a Dream" Project

08/28/13    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

Bobby Watson Releases “Check Cashing Day” Today

05/09/12    iRockJazz Video    By John Moultrie

Bobby Watson: The Student and the Teacher

05/04/12    iRockJazz Video    By John Moultrie

Bobby Watson: Breaking in with Blakey

March 2011    Before & After    By Larry Appelbaum

Bobby Watson

March 2011    Farewells    By Bobby Watson

Ahmad Alaadeen

01/28/11    Tangents    By Lee Mergner

Bobby Watson: The Music is Smokin'

04/28/10    News    By Lee Mergner

Detroit International Jazz Festival Announces 2010 Lineup

02/18/10    News    By Lee Mergner

Bobby Watson and Marc Cary to do Before & After Interviews Live at Festival

01/20/10    News    By Lee Mergner

Philadelphia-based TV Show to Feature Darcy James Argue

10/20/09    News    By Lee Mergner

Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival Announces Dates and Lineups for 2010

June 2008    Albums    By Eric Fine

From the Heart
Bobby Watson

November 2004    News    By John Murph

Bobby Watson & Victor Lewis: On the Horizon

November 2004    Albums    By Doug Ramsey

Horizon Reassembled
Bobby Watson and Horizon

November 2004    Albums    By Doug Ramsey

Horizon Reassembled
Bobby Watson and Horizon

11/18/03    Concerts    By Bill Milkowski

Tranquility Jazz Festival 2003

November 2002    Albums    By Bill Bennett

Live and Learn
Bobby Watson

July/August 2001    News    By Michael J. Renner

Swinging for the Fences

03/26/01    Concerts    By Bill Milkowski

Wall to Wall Miles

May 2000    Albums    By Bill Bennett

Quiet as It's Kept
Bobby Watson

June 1997    Albums    By Sid Gribetz

Beatitudes
Bobby Watson and Curtis Lundry

Albums

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Beatitudes

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Quiet as It's Kept

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Live and Learn

Palmetto Records
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Horizon Reassembled

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From the Heart

Palmetto Records
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The Gates BBQ Suite

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