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Ken Watters

Jazz trumpeter Ken Watters lives in Huntsville, AL & performs all over the world regularly.

About Me

Born & raised in Huntsville, Alabama, trumpeter Ken Watters is a Jupiter Performing Artist/Clinician, a Summit Records Recording Artist (with 6 CDs released to-date on the label) & a SESAC-affiliated jazz composer. Ken regularly performs all over North, Central & South America, Italy, France, Holland, Spain, French-speaking Africa, Japan & all throughout the Caribbean. His newest musical venture is a sextet co-led with vocalist Ingrid Felts called Watters/Felts Project. Members include Keith Taylor (piano / keys), Abe Becker (upright & electric bass), Darrell Tibbs (percussion), Marcus Pope (drums), Ken Watters (trumpet / flugelhorn) & Ingrid Felts (vocals). Their self-titled debut CD was released internationally on Summit Records on March 11, 2014. Ken currently makes his home in Huntsville, Alabama (USA).

My Jazz Story

I love jazz because It's the most envelope-pushing music in existence - there is no creative "ceiling." I was first exposed to jazz In 7th grade. The best show I ever attended was Astral Project - Live at Funky Butt (New Orleans). The first jazz record I bought was Louis Bellson Explosion. My advice to new listeners: Keep an open mind & try to listen to the music as if it's the soundtrack for your life.

My Favorites

  1. Kurt Rosenwinkel - Deep Song
  2. Jacques Schwarz-Bart - Sone' Ka La
  3. " " - Abyss
  4. Miles Davis - Sorcerer
  5. Rickie Lee Jones - The Magazine
  6. Kenny Wheeler - Music for Small & Large Ensembles
  7. Kassav' - All U Need is Zouk
  8. Wyclef Jean - Welcome to Haiti Creole 101
  9. Jocelyne Beroard - Madousinay
  10. Riyel - Riyel
  11. Chris Potter - Song For Anyone