Alex J Watson
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UK based musician, promoter & DJ.
The music is different here, the vibrations are different… Not like
planet earth. (Sun Ra)
I got into jazz by accident. As a kid I never had any real exposure to
it, and as far as I remember I thought jazz was one of those extinct
genres that had died somewhere around the 1940s. Old men listened to
it on Sundays and it smelt dusty. When I was about seventeen years old
a few things happened: A friend with a funk band invited me to his gig, I
got a new guitar teacher and I bought a copy of Kind of Blue.
Bitches Brew was the second jazz album I bought (I
liked the front cover)--woah that recording was a real ear opener! I didn't
especially love it at the time, I really didn't understand it that was for
sure, but I suddenly realized that the term jazz meant a whole lot more.
Those two records were so different and I realized there must be a
whole load of stuff in the middle for me to discover, in between those two
sounds and beyond. That's when I really started listening. Of course
sneaking into bars underage to watch and dance to funk bands and
catch some jazz solos helped get me hooked too.
A few years on and I've just finished studying a degree in Jazz
Performance at Leeds College of Music. I guess I got into it! Aside from
trying to improve my jazz chops, I also spend time producing, DJing and
promoting events... and the odd bit of writing too.
I was an article editior for AAJ back in 2010.