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Bill Watrous

Bill Watrous

During the 1960s, trombonist Bill Watrous paid his dues blowing in the big bands of Kai Winding, Quincy Jones, Johnny Richards, Woody Herman and others, and later leading his Manhattan Wildlife Refuge in New York before resettling in Southern California in 1976.

On Space Available (Double-Time Records), Watrous’ first big band album as leader since 1973, he uses top West Coast players, most of whom have been with him since 1978. Recorded like a live album, the studio session was completed in two days without rehearsal.

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