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Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts at the Jazz Standard

January 19, 2011

Jeff “Tain” Watts holds the unique distinction of being the only musician to appear on every Grammy Award winning jazz record by both Wynton and Branford Marsalis. He got the nickname “Tain” from Kenny Kirkland when they were on tour in Florida and drove past a Chieftain gas station, so “Jeff Tain” for “Chief-tain”.
Mr. Watts has worked in the film and television industry as both a musician on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno for three years and as an actor, Rhythm Jones in Spike Lee’s Mo’ Better Blues. ‘Tain’ performed and recorded with the Branford Marsalis Quartet from 1985 – 2009. He currently performs with his own groups The Watts Project and the Jeff “Tain” Watts Quartet, as well as the great pianists McCoy Tyner, The George Cables Project, and Geri Allen. Watts started his own record label Dark Key Music in 2007, releasing Folk’s Songs in 2007 and Watts in 2009. Dark Key Music is a 2010 Grammy Award Winner: Best Instrumental Solo, Terence Blanchard for Dancin’ 4 Chicken. As a composer, Watts is a creative and innovative force in modern jazz, contributing most of the compositions on his own albums.
‘Tain’ is appearing at The Jazz Standard January 19th, 20th-23rd. Get there…

One Comment leave one →
  1. Rashard permalink
    January 19, 2011 11:25 am

    Love this guys face….you know he means business. Got to appreciate the man for starting his own record label and winning a grammy. Who said, a drummer couldn’t have their own jazz band and be the the star go Mr. Tain….move over brass, move over strings, dark keys is in the building….

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