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Lately, trumpeter Ken Watters is moving in a different direction than anyone (even Ken) expected... His newest project is called RIYEL (pronounced ree- YELL / meaning "alleyway," or "backstreet" in Haitian Kreyol) & features, among others, Haitian bassist extraordinaire YVES ABEL (Tabou Combo, Beethove Obas, Emeline Michel, etc), trombonist ANDRE ATKINS (Aretha Franklin, Steve Coleman, Soulive, etc) & a supporting cast of some of Haiti's finest & most creative musicians on the world music scene... The octet's debut CD will be released this spring on Summit Records & will be distributed worldwide, including extensively throughout the French Caribbean. RIYEL has already created such a "buzz" that the band has received numerous invitations to perform at some of the better-known jazz festivals throughout the Caribbean

Watters / Felts Project

Label: Summit Records
Released: 2014
Track listing: Fine and Mellow; Sommerset Road; Where’ve You Been; Contrapunto Cubano; Open; Waiting; Port-au-Prince; I’ll Be Seeing You; There It Is.

Jazz Vocals May

Read "Jazz Vocals May" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Simin Tander Where Water Travels Home Jazzhaus 2014 German-Afghani vocalist and composer Simin Tander follows up her well-received debut recording Wagma (Neuklang, 2011). She again prefers the company of her trio: pianist Jeroen van Vliet, who also provides judicious electronic effects; stand- out bassist Cord Heineking; and drummer ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Watters / Felts Project: Watters / Felts Project

Read "Watters / Felts Project" reviewed by Jack Bowers

On The Watters / Felts Project, Ken Watters, a fine trumpeter, and his quintet are confined for the most part to escorting singer Ingrid Felts as she wends her way through five present-day compositions, Billie Holiday's “Fine and Mellow" and the standard “I'll Be Seeing You." Is it a good idea? That depends in part on ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Karen Johns & Company: Peach

Read "Peach" reviewed by Edward Blanco

The multi-talented Karen Johns is known not only as a singer, but also as a songwriter, actress and a playwright. The highly entertaining and truly sweet Peach, by Johns & Company, features songs from her swing-jazz musical play, Once There Was A Peach. Their third jazz album and eighth overall, the group delivers an exciting, infectious ...

Take Five With Ken Watters

Read "Take Five With Ken Watters" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Meet Ken Watters:Atlanta-based trumpeter Ken Watters has performed, toured, or recorded with Frank Sinatra, Marc Anthony, Natalie Cole, Mingus Big Band, Kelis, Gregg Allman, Bonnie Bramlett, Chris Potter, Harry Connick Jr., Reuben Studdard, Eartha Kitt, The Fifth Dimension, Angela & Zack Hacker, Petula Clarke, Tabou Combo, Steel Pulse, Marilyn McCoo, Phyllis Diller, Dave Holland, ...

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Ken Watters' New Haitian Jazz Group Riyel to Perform at 2nd Annual Haitian Jazz Festival

Ken Watters' New Haitian Jazz Group Riyel to Perform at 2nd Annual Haitian Jazz Festival

During the 1st week of March, Ken Watters' new Haitian jazz octet RIYEL will give several performances at various venues throughout Port-au-Prince, Haiti. RIYEL (meaning “backstreet" or “alleyway" in Haitian Kreyol) is made up of several of the country's foremost musicians, including Yves Abel (bass), Ralph Conde (guitar), Robenson Jean-Baptiste (drums) & several others. Sharing the ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

An Interview With Ken Watters

Read "An Interview With Ken Watters" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Few debut recordings are capable of generating justifiable and genuine excitement amongst jazz enthusiasts. However, the collaborative release by Ken and Harry Watters, the suitably entitled Brothers (Summit Records), would appear to be one of those recordings. Since it's release earlier this year, Brothers has drawn an unusual degree of attention from AAJ contributors. ...

Southern Exposure

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Released: 2001
Track listing: Jessica; Cooler on the Horizon; Both Sides Now; Stella By Starlight; We'll Be Together Again; April Third; Fire & Rain; Pathfinder. (Total Time: 51:17)

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

The Ken Watters Group: Southern Exposure

Read "Southern Exposure" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Southern Exposure is trumpeter Ken Watters' first recording for Summit without his brother, trombonist Harry, in the starting lineup, but Ken has found an able replacement on the front line in friend and former Big Apple roommate Joel Frahm. Frahm is a fast""rising post""bop saxophonist, and it's a pity he's not used more often; as it ...


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