Longevity, versatility and virtuosity are words that inevitably
come to mind when describing Benny Waters, whose
career as a clarinetist, saxophonist, vocalist, composer and
arranger encompassed eight decades, and his playing
reflected elements from the entire history of jazz.
Benny Waters grew up in Brighton, Maryland, the youngest
of seven children. After discovering the aforementioned
organ and learning how to play, Benny's mother, who was
terminally ill, was so moved by his natural ability that she
devoted her remaining energy to getting him a formal
education in music.
Waters attended the New England Conservatory of Music,
where he gained invaluable training in harmony and