The concert is the third performance of the 1995-1996 Hamilton Performing Arts Series. Admission is $15 for the general public and $5 for students.
Watson's new sextet had its origin in a chance encounter with Art Blakey 15 years ago. For this young Kansas native, a five-year apprenticeship with the legendary hard-bop drummer gave him the grounding he needed to grow as a player, a composer and a leader.
True to his roots in bop, over the next 10 years Watson worked as a sideman with George Coleman, Max Roach and Louis Hayes. He formed his own group, Horizon, helped form the acclaimed 29th Street Saxophone Quartet and played in contexts as diverse as Panama Francis' swinging Savoy Sultans and Sam Rivers' avant-garde Winds of Manhattan.
For three years running, he won the Down Beat Critics Poll for Talent Deserving Wider Recognition. Today, he's earned that recognition as a premier alto saxophone player, a forceful band leader and an innovative composer.