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At Home With Jeff “Tain” Watts

Jeff "Tain" Watts
Jeff "Tain" Watts (photo: Nick Rachel)

“I moved here in 1998,” said drummer Jeff “Tain” Watts. “I was working a lot, still in Wynton Marsalis’ band, and my manager at the time told me, ‘It’s time for you to invest in some property.’ I saw an ad on a Sunday for a 1,300-square-foot loft in downtown Brooklyn, called and saw it on Monday. It’s the only place I looked at.”

On a busy stretch of Atlantic Avenue, between the picturesque brownstones of Boerum Hill and the grittier commercial streets of downtown Brooklyn, Watts’ apartment is close to Manhattan and an easy stroll from a jumble of antique stores, restaurants, clothing and furniture shops.

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