Powerful Drummer

Jeff Watts, the drummer they call "Tain ," spent his formative years with Wynton and Branford Marsalis , and won three Grammy Awards with the Wynton Marsalis Quartet for “Black Codes From The Underground,” “J Mood” and “Marsalis Standard Time” - Vol. 1. Watts left Wynton Marsalis in 1988. After working with George Benson, Harry Connick. Jr. and McCoy Tyner, he joined the Branford Marsalis Quartet in 1989, winning Grammy's for I Heard You Twice the First Time and Contemporary Jazz. His compositional skills command equal attention. Watts was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2017.

Along with explosive power, blinding speed and mastery of complex rhythms and time signatures, Watts brings a rare sense of elegance, tried-by-fire composure, and a gritty street funk to his music. His artistic ingenuity expresses itself in his incomparable technique, sweltering sense of swing, and an extraordinary ability to imbue his music with majestic grace and elegant repose.

A true jazz innovator, Watts never fails to deliver the percussive magic that has been his trademark since his emergence on the contemporary jazz scene.
This is a Rialto Series performance.