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Ernie Watts
Ernie Watts

The National Museum of American History has designated April as Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM). So in the spirit of JAM, Hamilton’s Fillius Jazz Archive is featuring one artist daily on the news site along with that individual’s archived audio interview. Today’s featured artist is Ernie Watts.

Saxophonist Ernie Watts was born in Norfolk, Virginia on Oct. 23, 1945. He has performed with Buddy Rich, Jean Luc Ponty, The Rolling Stones and The Tonight Show Orchestra. Ernie’s identifiable sound kept him in demand as a first-call studio musician in Los Angeles. He currently leads his own ensembles and records with JVC Records.

Watts was interviewed in Toronto, Canada, on Jan. 11, 2003, by Monk Rowe, the Joe Williams Director of the Jazz Archive.

To listen to the audio recording of the interview with Watts, click here and choose “audio” in the column on the right.

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