Jeff “Tain” Watts Quartet
8p :: Doors Open at 7p
Kelly Strayhorn Theater
5941 Penn Ave :: Map
Presented by Kente Arts Alliance
The list of Pittsburgh jazz royalty is long—Hines, Strayhorn, Roy Eldridge, Kenny Clarke, Art Blakey, Ahmad Jamal, on and on—and Watts stands humbly, respectably in that lineage”.
— Jazz Times
Kente Arts Alliance welcomes home jazz drummer Jeff “Tain” Watts to the Kelly Strayhorn Theater. Hailing from the rich musical city of Pittsburgh, Watts has established himself as one of the most celebrated practitioners of the modern jazz era. He is known for his expertise as a heavy and intense swing player, reflective of older jazz drummers like Elvin Jones. 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.
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