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Watters Brothers (Ken & Harry Watters)

Born: July 6, 1964    Primary Instrument: Trumpet

Watters Brothers (Ken & Harry Watters)

Trumpeter Ken Watters and trombonist Harry Watters are Summit recording artists and Conn-Selmer (Bach) Performing Artists. Being trumpet & trombone playing siblings, Ken & Harry have an onstage rapport that is electrifying to audiences.

Their last three CDs for Summit Records (Brothers, Brothers II & Brothers III) climbed to the top 50 on the US jazz charts where they remained for at least six weeks each - Brothers III for 11 weeks - and are continually receiving airplay across the US, Canada, Australia, Europe & parts of the Far East. Their music has been featured on NPR's All Things Considered, NPR's Jazz South program, PRI's Jazz After Hours (hosted by Jim Wilke) & has been used on a feature television documentary by The Freedom Forum (Washington, DC)....
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Awards:

*First Place Winner, International Trumpet Guild Jazz Improvisation Competition *Last four CDs on Summit Records (Brothers III, Brothers II, Brothers & Southern Exposure) all made top 50 on the US jazz charts *2000 - Selected as Yamaha Performing Artist (trumpet) *2001 - Selected as SESAC Jazz Composer *2001 - Southern Exposure CD (Summit Records) named one of the “Top Ten Jazz CDs of 2001” by The Jazz Journalists’ Association (JJA) *2003 - Brothers III CD (Summit Records) spent 11 consecutive weeks in top 50 on US jazz chart *2007 " Switched endorsement affiliations from Yamaha to Conn-Selmer (Bach Trumpet Artist)
”The music performed by Ken & Harry Watters is immediately accessible & listenable -- the effect is stunning” - C. Michael Bailey / All About Jazz

”Brothers Ken & Harry Watters are a class act. Superb musicianship, sparkling treatments of Twentieth Century classics, and exceptional original compositions. Their recordings are splendid & extremely gratifying -- highly recommended.” - Amazon.com

“Ken Watters is without a doubt one of the finest trumpet and flugelhorn performers in jazz today as well as one of the leading composers. Each solo performance is both impeccable and full of energy.” - The Jazz Review

”Harry Watters is a great young trombonist with breathtaking technical assurance.” - The Washington Post

”The Watters Brothers have scored my 'Rave of the Year' twice with their 'Brothers' & 'Brothers II' CDs. Trumpeter Ken's bebop sensibilities combined with trombonist Harry's more traditional leanings make for a warm, captivating brand of jazz that brings back fond memories and makes new ones.” - The Jazz News (Bay Area California)

“Awe-inspiring headline performance!” - Steve Heckler / Chairman - Hot Summer Jazz Festival (Minneapolis, MN)

”It's all there: Hard Bop, Traditional, & Contemporary. Beautiful.” - Barnes & Noble

”Ken & Harry Watters are brothers in the best sense of the word. Their CDs & live performances establish the Watters brothers as talents to watch!” - PreAmp Music & Reviews

”The 'Brothers' CDs are impressive, spirited & well performed by two talented voices in jazz. And who says there's no jazz from Alabama?” - Jazz Online

”In Ken is a soloist of major ability. His rich, burnished warmth on the trumpet & flugelhorn, not to mention the economy of his phrasing & spare strength of his musical ideas, remind one of Davis & Art Farmer.” - The Buffalo News

”The jazz world has no shortage of brother acts -- Tommy & Jimmy Dorsey, Nat & Cannonball, three Heaths, those Marsalis guys, and now we have the Watters brothers. Both of the brothers are technically accomplished musicians, and the jazz family has a welcome new addition in Ken & Harry Watters.” - Glenn Astarita / All About Jazz / Downbeat Magazine

”Both hornmen are technically assured with admirable command of their instruments. They seem to be having serious fun -- listeners are encouraged to join is, at least vicariously.” - Cadence Magazine

”Watters' subtle trombone works wonderfully well, making you really hear the instrument for the first time in a long time...” - OffBeat Magazine (New Orleans)

”Right on the money -- artistic approaches, rather than crass commercialism. The excellent 'Brothers' recordings feature some of today's finest young horn players (Ken & Harry Watters) in a variety of moods & playing styles.” - Jazz Views (Adelaide, Australia)

”Incredible display of contemporary mainstream jazz!” - Jazz Friends Review

”The Watters brothers are the real deal! Delightful!” - Trumpet Players' International Network (TPIN)

”Brothers Ken & Harry Watters have masterfully merged their distinct musical ideas into one unique and thoroughly modern voice.” - Bill Anschell / Pianist / Summit Recording Artist / Producer - JazzSouth

”Excellent playing (and writing) from two very talented brothers!” - Mike Metheny / Trumpeter

”The 'Brothers' sessions demonstrate the extraordinary talents of the Watters siblings and forecast a formative career for both.” - Jung On Jazz

As a Collaboration:

Brothers
Summit
2000

Brothers II
Summit
2001

Brothers III
Summit
2003 Solo Projects:
Southern Exposure / Ken Watters Group
Summit
2002

Love Songs / Harry Watters
Summit
2005

The Island of Dr. Trombone / Harry Watters
Summit
2007

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Primary Instrument:
Trumpet

Location:
Hoschton, GA

Clinic/Workshop Information:
We conduct several different clinic options: 1) "Effective Practice Techniques for All Instruments" 2) "Jazz Musicians' Protocol" (for more advanced students to professionals) 3) "General Jazz Improvisation (including recommended listening, etc...)" 4) "The Art of Playing in a Horn Section, from Small-Scale to Big Band"

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