Harry Watters

Born: Huntsville, AL

Jazz Trombone, Al Hirt, Pete Fountain

Ken Watters

Born: July 6, 1964 Huntsville, AL

Jazz Trumpet Frank Sinatra, Ramsey Lewis

Source: Alabama Music Hall of Fame


Ken Watters:

Born & raised in Huntsville, Alabama, trumpeter Ken Watters is a Bach Performing Artist/Clinician, a Summit Records Recording Artist & a SESAC affiliated jazz composer. Ken left Huntsville at 17 years of age to attend Interlochen Arts Academy for his final year of high school, immediately after which he began attending the University of North Texas.

Ken regularly performs all over North, Central &South America, Italy, France, Holland, Spain, Morocco,Japan & all throughout the Caribbean. He has performed, toured with, or recorded with Frank Sinatra, Marc Anthony, Natalie Cole, Wyclef Jean, John Abercrombie, Terry Gibbs, Ravi Coltrane, TLC, Mingus Big Band, Kelis, Gregg Allman, Bonnie Bramlett, Bobby “Blue” Bland, Fred Wesley, Roland Vazquez, Richie Cole, Jack Daniel’s Silver Cornet Band, Dave Valentin, Mike Stern, Bill Goodwin, Anthony Jackson, Chris Potter, Little Milton, Dan Penn, Steve Coleman, Gene Perla, David Liebman, Harry Connick Jr., Eartha Kitt, Peter Bernstein, The Fifth Dimension, Philip Harper, Petula Clarke, Russell Malone, Herbie Mann, Frederick Fennell, Gregory Hutchinson, Tabou Combo, Marvin “Smitty” Smith, Steel Pulse, Walt Disney World, The Manhattans, The Platters, Marilyn McCoo, Phyllis Diller, Kassav', David Holland, Larry Goldings & many other icons of the music world.

Ken can also be heard throughout the soundtrack to David Byrne’s acclaimed film “True Stories.” Watters received his formal education from InterlochenArts Academy, University of North Texas, The Banff Centre & Manhattan School of Music. He has also studied privately with (most notably): Wynton Marsalis, Joe Lovano, Dave Liebman, Jack Walrath & Kenny Wheeler, among others.

Ken’s newest musical venture is a Haitian / “Roots Music” flavored jazz ensemble called RIYEL (pronounced ree-YELL & meaning “alleyway” or “backstreet” in Haitian Creole). Their debut CD will be released internationally on Summit Records early this summer & distributed internationally, with a strong target emphasis on the French & French Caribbean markets (where demand for the group’s debut is already at something of a fever-pitch)… Watters & his wife Pamela, a professional pastel artist, now make their home in the Atlanta, Georgia area.

harrry wattersHarry Watters:

A native of Huntsville, Alabama, Harry grew up in a musical family. His parents were accomplished musicians and Harry's brother Ken (also a Yamaha Artist) is an award-winning trumpeter who performs throughout the southeast. After graduation from the University of North Texas, Watters spent four years touring and recording with the Dukes of Dixieland. While working at night on Bourbon Street, Harry attended the University of New Orleans by day, serving as graduate assistant to Professor Ellis Marsalis.Watters has performed with Al Hirt, Pete Fountain, Erich Kunzel, Shirley Jones, Peter Nero, Kevin Mahogany, Wycliffe Gordon, Joe Piscopo, Maureen McGovern, Bill Watrous, Carl Fontana, Jiggs Whiggam, Tom "Bones Malone" & James Moody. Also, Harry has appeared as a featured soloist with the West Virginia Symphony, the Syracuse Symphony, the Baton Rouge Symphony, the Tusla Pops, the Louisiana Philharmonic, the Janacek Philharmonic, the University of North Texas One O'Clock Lab Band, the Kishinev Festival Orchestra & the U.S. Army Orchestra. Harry is constantly on the move as a Yamaha Artist. His clinic, "Effective Use of Practice Time," has been presented at the University of North Texas, Southeastern Louisiana University, New Mexico State University, the University of Tennessee, East Carolina State University, the University of Central Florida, Virginia Commonwealth University, Louisiana State University and in high schools throughout the United States.

Source: http://www.wattersbrothers.com/ (site not available 2/2013)

More info: http://www.harrywatters.com/


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