Born: January 20, 1960 Primary Instrument: Drums
Jeff Tain Watts is one of the most in demand jazz drummers in the world today. Jeff Watts majored in classical percussion at Pittsburgh's Duquesne University, where he was primarily a timpanist, followed by enrollment at the Berklee School of Music, where he pursued jazz studies alongside such talented players as Branford Marsalis, Kevin Eubanks, Greg Osby, Aimee Mann, Steve Vai and Marvin Smitty Smith.
Jeff joined the Wynton Marsalis Quartet in 1981 and proceeded to win three Grammy Awards with the ensemble. Watts left Wynton Marsalis in 1988. After working with George Benson, Harry Connick. Jr. and McCoy Tyner, he joined the Branford Marsalis Quartet in 1989....
Awards:Voted best drummer Modern Drummer Magazine: 1988 & 1993.
Jeff "Tain" Watts, Folk's Songs (Dark Key Music, 2007)
Branford Marsalis, Braggtown (Marsalis Music, 2006)
Jeff "Tain" Watts, Detained (Half Note Music, 2004)
Branford Marsalis, A Love Supreme CD + DVD (Marsalis Music, 2004)
Jeff "Tain" Watts, Megawatts (Sunnyside, 2004)
Alice Coltrane, Translinear Light (Impulse!, 2004)
Jeff "Tain" Watts, Bar Talk (Sony, 2002)
Jeff "Tain" Watts, Citizen Tain (Sony, 1999)
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