The Jeff Tain Watts Quartet
THE STREET PRESENTS
THE JEFF TAIN WATTS QUARTET
featuring Tain Watts (US, drums), Osmany Parades (Cuba, piano), Troy Roberts (Australia, sax), Chris Smith (US, bass)
FRIDAY 31 OCTOBER @ 8PM
EAT BEFORE THE SHOW
Start your night out with a quick bite to eat at the As You Like It Cafe pre-performance. Come between 6:30pm and 7:15pm to enjoy contemporary Australian cusine with fast, friendly service.
MAIN ONLY - $19
STARTER + MAIN - $27
Bookings are essential, simply add-on a meal to your booking as you check out.
Hailing from the rich musical city of Pittsburgh, drummer Jeff "Tain" Watts has established himself as one of the most in demand, virtuosic and celebrated practitioners of the modern jazz era. Watts came to fame as drummer with the early Wynton Marsalis band. He has been greatly in demand ever since, playing and recording with such musicians as Geri Allen, Ricky Ford, Robin Eubanks, Betty Carter, McCoy Tyner, Gary Thomas and Branford Marsalis, among others. He made his debut as a leader for the Sunnyside label in 1991 and joined the Tonight Show Band when Branford Marsalis became its director.
Jeff Watts initially majored in classical percussion at Pittsburgh\'s Duquesne University, transferred to the Berklee School of Music, where he pursued jazz studies alongside such talented players as saxophonists Branford Marsalis & Greg Osby, guitarist Kevin Eubanks, trumpeter Wallace Roney and singer/bassist Aimee Mann.
Jeff joined the Wynton Marsalis Quartet in 1981 and proceeded to win three Grammy Awards with the ensemble. Watts left Wynton Marsalis in 1988 and after working with George Benson, Harry Connick Jr. and McCoy Tyner, he joined the Branford Marsalis Quartet in 1989. He was an integral part of both Wynton and Branford Marsalis\' early bands and has also worked with Kenny Garrett, McCoy Tyner and Michael Brecker in addition to leading his own groups, which have explored hip-hop, funk and reggae.
Jeff has worked in the film and television industry as both a musician on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and as an actor, Rhythm Jones in Spike Lee\'s "Mo Better Blues". Jeff joined Kenny Garrett\'s band after returning to New York in 1995 after three years in LA on the Tonight Show. Watts also 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.
Jeff has an extensive discography as a side-man, as well as six albums as a leader:
"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).
Grammy Awards of 1986: Wynton Marsalis for Black Codes From the Underground performed by the Wynton Marsalis Group
Grammy Awards of 1987: Wynton Marsalis for J Mood performed by the Wynton Marsalis Group
Grammy Awards of 1988: Wynton Marsalis for Marsalis Standard Time - Volume I performed by the Wynton Marsalis Group
Grammy Awards of 1993: Branford Marsalis for I Heard You Twice the First Time performed by the Branford Marsalis Group
Grammy Awards of 2001: Branford Marsalis for Contemporary Jazz performed by the Branford Marsalis Quartet
Street 1 - reserved | Duration - 120 minutes including interval.
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