Personalities | Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts | Contemporary Era | Jazz & Blues

(Drums, b. 1960)

Watts played timpani in the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra during his teens and vibraphone at Berklee School of Music, where he met the Marsalis brothers. He recorded with Wynton Marsalis from 1981 and then with Branford, following him into the house band of the televised Tonight Show. An explosive polyrhythmist who can also provide restrained accompaniment, ‘Tain’ is much in demand for sessions by many jazz modernists.

Styles & Forms | Contemporary Era | Jazz & Blues
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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz & Blues, founding editor Howard Mandel


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