Jeff "Tain" Watts

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Jeff "Tain" Watts
Watts performing with Wynton Marsalis in JazzFest 2007
Watts performing with Wynton Marsalis in JazzFest 2007
Background information
OriginPittsburgh, Pennsylvania, US
GenresJazz
Occupation(s)Musician, bandleader, actor
InstrumentsDrums
LabelsDark Key Music
Associated actsWynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Kevin Eubanks, The Tonight Show Band
Websitetainish.com

Jeff "Tain" Watts is a jazz drummer who has performed with Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Betty Carter, Michael Brecker, Alice Coltrane, Ravi Coltrane, and others.

Biography[edit]

Watts got the nickname "Tain" from Kenny Kirkland when they were on tour in Florida and drove past a Chieftain gas station.[1] He was given a Guggenheim fellowship in music composition in 2017.[2]

Discography[edit]

As leader[edit]

  • Megawatts (2004, originally recorded in 1991), Sunnyside
  • Citizen Tain (1999), Sony
  • Bar Talk (2002), Sony
  • DeTAINed at the Blue Note (2004), Halfnote
  • Folk's Songs (2007), Dark Key Music
  • WATTS (2009), Dark Key Music
  • Family (2011), Dark Key Music
  • Blue, Vol. 1 (2015), Dark Key Music
  • Wattify (2016), Dark Key Music
  • Blue, Vol. 2 (2016), Dark Key Music
  • Travel Band - Detained in Amsterdam (2018), Dark Key Music

As sideman[edit]

Recognition[edit]

Grammy Awards[edit]

Year Category Title Genre Label Result Notes
1990 Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, Group Jazz Nominated
1999 Best Jazz Instrumental Album by an Individual or Group Requiem Jazz Columbia Nominated with the Branford Marsalis Quartet.
2000 Best Jazz Instrumental Album by an Individual or Group Contemporary Jazz Jazz Columbia Winner with the Branford Marsalis Quartet.
2004 Best Jazz Instrumental Album by an Individual or Group Eternal Jazz Marsalis Music Nominated with the Branford Marsalis Quartet.

Source:[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ From an interview with Kevin LeGendre for Jazz On 3 on BBC Radio 3.
  2. ^ 2017 Guggenheim Fellow
  3. ^ grammy.com. Retrieved January 18, 2020.

External links[edit]