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Primary Instrument: Trombone

Born: June 8, 1939

One of the finest bop-oriented trombonists of the past 30 years, Bill Watrous has had a low profile since moving to Los Angeles in the 1980s despite remaining quite active. Possessor of a beautiful tone and remarkable technique, Watrous has been constantly overlooked in jazz popularity polls of the past two decades. His father was a trombonist and introduced Bill to music. He played in traditional jazz bands as a teenager and studied with Herbie Nichols while in the military. Watrous made his debut with Billy Butterfield, and was one of the trombonists in Kai Winding's groups during 1962-1967. He was a busy New York-based studio musician during the 1960s, working and recording with Quincy Jones, Maynard Ferguson, Johnny Richards, and Woody Herman; playing in the television band for Merv Griffin's show (1965-1968); and working on the staff of CBS (1967-1969)...
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Featured recording “Space Available”

Space Available

Double Time Records
1997
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    Bare Bones

    Birdology
    2009
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    I'll Play For You!!!!!

    Birdology
    2007
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    Kindred Spirits

    Birdology
    2006
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    Live

    Self Produced
    2005
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    Bone-ified

    Birdology
    1992
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    Reflections

    Birdology
    1987
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    Someplace Else

    Birdology
    1986
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