The Bobby Watson Sextet to Perform at Hamilton

One of the best-kept secrets in jazz duringthelate 1980's, The Bobby Watson Sextet, will perform on Friday, Jan. 19, at 8p.m., in Wellin Hall of the Schambach Center for Music and the Performing Arts.

The concert is the third performance of the 1995-1996 Hamilton PerformingArtsSeries. 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 15years ago. For this young Kansas native, a five-year apprenticeship with thelegendary hard-bop drummer gave him the grounding he needed to grow as aplayer, a composer and a leader.

True to his roots in bop, over the next 10 years Watson worked as a sidemanwith George Coleman, Max Roach and Louis Hayes. He formed his own group,Horizon, helped form the acclaimed 29th Street Saxophone Quartet and played incontexts 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 TalentDeserving Wider Recognition. Today, he's earned that recognition as a premieralto saxophone player, a forceful band leader and an innovative composer.

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