JPEC presents...

ERNIE WATTS QUINTET featuring Adrean Farrugia & Brad Goode

Happening in the George Weston Recital Hall

Ernie Watts, the two-time Grammy-winner first picked up a saxophone 57 years ago, at 13.  He heard John Coltrane at 14, on the album ‘Kind of Blue,’ and says, “It was as though someone put my hand into a light socket.”  At 16, he was a featured soloist with the Delaware Symphony, but learning jazz by ear.  At Boston’s Berklee College of Music on a Downbeat Scholarship, he joined Buddy Rich’s Big Band, toured the world with them for two years, and recorded two albums with the band.

In 1968 Watts moved to Los Angeles to work in the studios.  He did films, TV,  and recorded with pop icons such as Marvin Gaye, Steely Dan, Carole King, Frank Zappa, all the Motown artists, and many others, plus had 20 years in Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show band, but still regularly played jazz in area clubs.  Charlie Haden asked Watts to join him in Pat Metheny’s Special Quartet. That  inspired Watts to move from production music in the studios to live jazz on the road, his central love in music In 2016, Flying Dolphin Records will release “Wheel of Time,” with dedication to Charlie Haden.

Believing that music has the power to connect all people, Watts says, “Music is God singing through us”

Ernie Watts, sax
Brad Goode, trumpet  
Adrean Farrugia, piano 
Terry Clarke, drums  
Neil Swainson, bass


RICH BROWN & THE ABENG (opening set)

RICH BROWN & THE ABENG is the latest project from Canadian bassist and composer Rich Brown.  The band takes its name from an African instrument made from a hollowed out cow horn, and used by the Maroons of Jamaica to call the community together for all social gatherings.  The music of The Abeng has been described as highly charged, richly imaginative, and at times poignant.  Showcasing some of the finest musicians on the Canadian jazz scene, the band  features features Rich  Brown along with Luis Denis - alto saxophone, Kevin Turcotte - Trumpet, Stan Fomin - piano & keys, and Mark Kelso - drums.  n. This stellar lineup is sure to put on a show that is not to be missed.

Rich Brown, bass
Luis Deniz, sax
Stan Fomin, piano 
Mark Kelso, drums   
Kevin Turcotte, trumpet


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May 21, 20167:30 pm