Riyel’s album is an expression of the diversity existing in the rich Haitian cultural heritage & an innovative collection of jewels that will also delight jazz aficionados. We want to commend these three musketeers (Watters, Atkins & Abel) - and the band as a whole - for this great project.
Riyèl is the ultimate meeting at the crossroads of real jazz & ground-level Haitian music that explores, expands & illustrates the limitless possibilities of our musical heritage. Thumbs up!
- Alphonse Piard, Jr. / Karijazz
Here’s another reason to send attention towards Haiti and it has nothing to do with disaster. Riyel is a Haitian jazz group composed of Andre Atkins, Yves Abel and Ken Watters. Their brand of jazz feels very liberated & flows together with ease...
I read that the word riyel means “backstreet” or “alleyway.” I am not from Haiti and don’t know the complete connotation of the word. All I’ll say is that even if you heard these guys in an alleyway somewhere it would be a worthwhile experience.
- Gray Hunter / grayhunter.wordpress.com/
Primary Instrument: Various
Location: Huntsville, AL
Willing to teach:
Advanced students only.
Both frontmen for the band are Jupiter Artists / Clicians. Between the two
of us, we speak 5 languages fluently, enabling us to conduct master
classes overseas as well as domestically.
Trumpeter Ken Watters received his formal education from University of
North Texas & Manhattan School of Music; Trombonist Andre Atkins
received his BA from Berklee College of Music (Boston)
Both are accomplished clinicians & are about to work with students of all
levels & musical styles. Emphasis is on horn section work & jazz
"Jazz Musicians' Protocol" AND:
"From Buddy Bolden to Wynton - A General History of Jazz Trumpet"
*RIYEL horn players / frontmen Ken Watters & Andre Atkins collectively
speak five languages, thus enabling them to conduct workshops in many
countries outside of the continental US... They are both Jupiter Artists /
Jupiter XO1604 trumpet & Jupiter XO trombone (both large-bore,
Jupiter XO RL flugelhorn
Spada BJ1 trumpet