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Jeff “Tain” Watts

Pianist Fred Hersch
Fred Hersch
January 31, 2015
Pianist Tamir Hendelman
Tamir Hendelman
January 31, 2015

Jeff “Tain” Watts

Drummer Jeff Tain Watts

JEFF WATTS is one of the most in demand jazz drummers in the world today.

Jeff initially majored in classical percussion at Pittsburgh's Duquesne University, where he was primarily a timpanist, followed by enrollment at the Berklee School of Music, where he pursued jazz studies alongside such talented players as Branford Marsalis, Kevin Eubanks, Greg Osby, Aimee Mann, Steve Vai and Marvin "Smitty" Smith. Jeff joined the Wynton Marsalis Quartet in 1981 and proceeded to win three Grammy Awards with the ensemble.

Jeff 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". Jeff joined Kenny Garrett's band after returning to New York in 1995 after three years in LA on the Tonight Show. Watts also continued to record and tour with Branford Marsalis as well as Danilo Perez, Michael Brecker, Betty Carter, Kenny Kirkland, Courtney Pine, Geri Allen, Alice Coltrane, Greg Osby, Steve Coleman, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, and Ravi Coltrane.

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He 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.

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Jeff "Tain" Watts | Tainish Music

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