|Born||June 15, 1971|
New York City
Early life and career
Before pursuing a music career, Waits studied psychology and history at Morehouse College in Atlanta. He also holds a degree from Long Island University in music. While he was studying at L.I.U, instructor Michael Carvin secured Waits a spot in the percussion ensemble M'Boom, started by his father (Freddie Waits) and drummer Max Roach in 1970.
Waits has recorded or performed with Fred Hersch, Antonio Hart, Joe Lovano, Jason Moran, Andrew Hill, Ron Carter, Tony Malaby, Bunky Green, William Parker, Eddie Gómez, Casimir Liberski, John Medeski, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Mark Turner, and Amir ElSaffar.
In 2012, Hurricane Sandy caused massive flooding in the basement Westbeth studio Waits had inherited from his father in 1989.
As a leader
- Equality (Fresh Sound Records, 2008)
- Between Nothingness and Infinity (Laborie, 2016)
With Ralph Alessi
With Dave Douglas
- Spirit Moves (Greenleaf, 2009)
- United Front: Brass Ecstasy at Newport (Greenleaf, 2011)
- Rare Metal (Greenleaf, 2011)
With Antonio Hart
- For Cannonball and Woody (RCA/Novus, 1993)
- All We Need (Downtown, 2004)
With Tony Malaby
- Tamarindo (Clean Feed, 2007)
- Somos Agua (Clean Feed, 2014)
- Palomo Recio (Clean Feed, 2016)
With Jason Moran
- Facing Left (Blue Note, 2000)
- Black Stars (Blue Note, 2001)
- The Bandwagon (Blue Note, 2003)
- Same Mother (Blue Note, 2005)
- Artist in Residence (Blue Note, 2006)
- Ten (Blue Note, 2010)
- All Rise: A Joyful Elegy for Fats Waller (Blue Note, 2014)
- Thanksgiving at The Vanguard (Yes, 2017)
- Looks of a Lot (Yes, 2018)
With Armen Nalbandian
- Quiet As It's Kept (Blacksmith Brother Music, 2011)
- The Holy Ghost (Blacksmith Brother Music, 2018)
- Fire Sign (Blacksmith Brother Music, 2018)
- Live in Little Tokyo Vol. I (Blacksmith Brother Music, 2018)
- Live in Little Tokyo Vol. II (Blacksmith Brother Music, 2018)
- Ghosts (Blacksmith Brother Music, 2019)
- Live on Sunset (Blacksmith Brother Music, 2019)
With Tim Berne
- The Coandă Effect (Relative Pitch, 2020)
- Tangled (Screwgun, 2022)
- Tarbaby (Imani, 2009)
- The End of Fear (Posi-tone, 2010)
- Ballad of Sam Langford (Hipnotic, 2013)
- Fanon (RogueArt, 2013)
- Dance Of The Evil Toys (Clean Feed, 2022)
- Komeda Project, Requiem (WM, 2009)
- Rob Brown, Unknown Skies (RogueArt, 2011)
- Avishai Cohen, Into the Silence (ECM, 2016), Cross My Palm with Silver (ECM, 2017)
- Steve Davis, Meant to Be (Criss Cross, 2004)
- Yelena Eckemoff, I Am a Stranger in This World (L&H, 2022)
- Orrin Evans, Blessed Ones (Criss Cross, 2001)
- Eddie Gómez, Palermo (Jazzeyes, 2007)
- Bunky Green, Another Place (Label Bleu, 2004 )
- Fred Hersch, Night and the Music (Palmetto, 2007)
- Andrew Hill, A Beautiful Day (Palmetto, 2002)
- Ethan Iverson, The Purity of the Turf (Criss Cross Jazz, 2016)
- Igor Lumpert, Innertextures live (Clean Feed, 2012)
- Christian McBride, Christian McBride's New Jawn (Mack Avenue, 2018), Prime (Mack Avenue, 2023)
- David Murray, Be My Monster Love (Motéma, 2013)
- Émile Parisien Sextet, Louise (ACT, 2022)
- Luis Perdomo, Awareness (RKM, 2007)
- Mark Turner, Dharma Days (Warner Bros., 2001)
- Anthony Wonsey, Open the Gates (Criss Cross, 1999)
- Bojan Z, Transpacifik (Label Bleu, 2003)
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- Satow, Julie (24 March 2014). "Storm Damaged Their Art, and Now It May Take Their Studio Space". The New York Times. Retrieved 7 February 2023.
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