Recommended if You Like
Charles Tolliver Big Band Clayton Hamilton Big Band Gerald Wilson Big Band

Genres You Will Love
Jazz: Big Band Moods: Instrumental Jazz: Modern Big Band

By Location
United States - United States

Bobby Watson and the UMKC Concert Jazz Orchestra

BOBBY WATSON – The first “William D. and Mary Grant/Missouri, Distinguished Professor in Jazz Studies at the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance” Saxophonist, composer, producer and educator, Bobby Watson grew up in Kansas City, Kansas. He trained formally at the University of Miami studying with Dr. Clifton Williams and receiving a B.M. in Music Theory and Composition in 1975. After graduating, he proceeded to earn his “doctorate” – on the bandstand – as musical director of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers from 1977-1981. In addition to his work as leader of the Grammy nominated quintet “Horizon”, Watson also led a group known as the High court of Swing (a tribute to the music of Johnny Hodges) The Grammy nominated Tailor-Made Big Band, and is a founding member of the highly acclaimed 29th Street Saxophone Quartet. Watson also wrote original music for the sound track of Robert DeNiro’s directorial debut “A Bronx Tale.” Since 2000 he has served as director of Jazz studies at UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance, and is also, currently Artistic Director for the Thelonious Monk Institute’s “Jazz in America” Informance program, annually presenting dozens of informational concerts and jazz workshops around the nation. In 2010 Bobby released his self produced CD, “The Gates BBQ Suite” which went to #4 on the National Jazz airplay charts. In 2011, Bobby was inducted into the Kansas Music Hall of Fame and in 2013; he received the “Benny Golson Jazz Masters “award from Howard University. To date; Bobby has made 37 recordings as a leader and he appears on over 100 other recordings.