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Bobby Watson

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.

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