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Jeff “Tain” Watts Trio

Saturday, March 14, 2020 | 8:30PM

Jeff “Tain” Watts Trio
Advance $60 / Door $70 *

Jeff Watts, the drummer they call “Tain,” spent his formative years with Wynton and Branford Marsalis, and his compositional skills now command equal attention, earning Watts a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2017.

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. Jeff joined the Wynton Marsalis Quartet in 1981 and proceeded to win three Grammy Awards with the ensemble: Black Codes From The Underground, J Mood and Marsalis Standard Time. Watts left Wynton Marsalis in 1988. After working with George Benson,  McCoy Tyner and Harry Connick. Jr. (winning Grammy for the When Harry Met Sally soundtrack) he joined the Branford Marsalis Quartet in 1989, winning Grammy’s for I Heard You Twice the First Time and Contemporary Jazz.

In the film and television industry Jeff has appeared 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 and 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, McCoy Tyner, Steve Coleman, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Harry Connick Jr, and Ravi Coltrane.

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.

Jeff is a 2017 Guggenheim Fellow in the field of music Composition.

Grammy Awards of 1986
Wynton Marsalis for Black Codes From the Underground performed by the Wynton Marsalis Group
Grammy Awards of 1987
Wynton Marsalis for J Mood performed by the Wynton Marsalis Group
Grammy Awards of 1988
Wynton Marsalis for Marsalis Standard Time – Volume I performed by the Wynton Marsalis Group
Grammy Awards of 1990
Harry Connick Jr. for When Harry Met Sally – soundtrack Best Jazz Male Vocal Performance
Grammy Awards of 1993
Branford Marsalis for I Heard You Twice the First Time performed by the Branford Marsalis Group
Grammy Awards of 2001
Branford Marsalis for Contemporary Jazz performed by the Branford Marsalis Quartet
Grammy Awards of 2011
Mingus Big Band for Live at the Jazz Standard performed by the Mingus Big Band.


* Advertised pricing excludes taxes, ticketing and sustainability fees.

* Ticket Price: $60.00
* Service Fee: $4.00
* Sustainability Fee: $5.00
* HST: $8.97

* Total Ticket Price: $77.97

Yamaha Presents: Jimmy Cobb

Tuesday, March 10, 2020 | 8:30PM

Yamaha Presents: Jimmy Cobb
Advance $65 / Door $70 *

Jimmy Cobb – drums
Special Guest Javon Jackson – saxophone
Mark Eisenman – piano
Pat Collins – bass

Born on January 20, 1929 in Washington D.C., Cobb came up working on the nation’s capital jazz scene in the early ‘50s with artists that include tenor saxophonist Buck Hill and Pearl Bailey before going on the road for the first time, at age 21, with popular saxophonist Earl Bostic’s group, where he met pianist Wynton Kelly, bassist Keter Betts and jazz diva Dinah Washington. Cobb would later tour with Washington before moving to New York in the mid ‘50s, and taking up residence in a Harlem building whose tenants also included Dizzy Gillespie and Errol Garner. By 1957, Cobb joined Cannonball Adderley’s band, appearing on Sophisticated Swing that year. It was Adderley who introduced Cobb to Miles, and by the end of 1957 the drummer replaced Philly Joe Jones in the Miles Davis sextet, remaining in the band through 1963 while appearing on Porgy & Bess, Sketches of Spain, the historic Kind of Blue, Live at Carnegie Hall, Live at the Blackhawk and Someday My Prince Will Come. Cobb was one third of the Wynton Kelly Trio from 1963 to 1968 alongside bassist Paul Chambers and also worked with guitar great Wes Montgomery from 1962 to 1965.

In 1983, Cobb led an all-star session on the independent Contempo Vibrato label called So Nobody Else Can Hear. Produced by his wife Eleana Tee. It featured trumpeter Freddie Hubbard, saxophonists Pee Wee Ellis, bassist Walter Booker, and tap dancer-singer Gregory Hines, with spoken word introduction by Bill Cosby. In 1998, the drummer released Cobb’s Mob, which featured guitarist Peter Bernstein, pianist Richard Wyands and bassist John Webber. That same crew returned in 2003 with Cobb’s Groove. In 2006, Cobb was feted as part of the Marsalis Music Honors Series with a self-titled release produced by Branford Marsalis and featuring pianist Ellis Marsalis. He followed with 2007’s Cobb’s Corner, 2009’s Jazz in the Key of Blue and 2014’s The Original Mob with Bernstein, Webber and pianist Brad Mehldau. Since 2002, Cobb has been a member of the all-star group Four Generations of Miles, which has included bassists Ron Carter and Buster Williams, saxophonists George Coleman and Sonny Fortune and guitarist Mike Stern. A recipient of the NEA Jazz Master Award in 2009, Cobb spent a great deal of that year touring with his So What Band (trumpeter Wallace Roney, alto saxophonist Vincent Herring, tenor saxophonist Javon Jackson, pianist Larry Willis and Buster Williams on bass) to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Miles Davis masterpiece Kind of Blue. He remains the sole surviving member of the group that produced the timeless classic Kind of Blue, the most acclaimed and best-selling jazz album of all-time.

* Advertised pricing excludes taxes, ticketing and sustainability fees.

* Ticket Price: $65.00
* Service Fee: $4.00
* Sustainability Fee: $5.00
* HST: $9.62

* Total Ticket Price: $83.62