Jeff "Tain" Watts
Photo by Oliver Link

Saturday, April 11, 2015, 7:30 pm
Bates Recital Hall

Presented in partnership with the Butler School of Music Division of Jazz Studies

Jeff “Tain” Watts, drums
with The UT Jazz Orchestra
Jeff Hellmer, director

One of the most in-demand jazz drummers in the world, Jeff “Tain” Watts joins the UT Jazz Orchestra as part of the Butler School of Music’s annual Longhorn Jazz Festival.

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 has also worked with George Benson, Harry Connick Jr., and McCoy Tyner, and 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.

Directed by Professor Jeff Hellmer, the UT Jazz Orchestra is the Butler School of Music’s premier jazz ensemble. The Jazz Orchestra has performed with such luminaries as Michael Brecker, Phil Woods, Bob Brookmeyer, Conrad Herwig, John Clayton, Maria Schneider, Stefon Harris, and Joshua Redman in recent years. The ensemble’s eclectic repertoire features the original compositions of its members.

“a kind of pure, extremely musical percussion. [Watts] spends time inside rhythmic patterns that are complex but not flashy; he sounds as if he’s knocking down the formalized patterns of jazz drumming and starting from scratch.”
The New York Times

“It has become a rule of thumb that university Jazz ensembles keep getting better and better, and the UT Jazz Orchestra is certainly no exception to the rule.”
All About Jazz

Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts Website
Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts on Facebook

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