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Mitch Watkins


Mitch Watkins career started at the age of 13, gigging with a surf band in McAllen, Texas. After beginning a choral conducting degree, followed by a stint on tour with a rock band, Watkins moved to Austin, studying composition for four years at the University of Texas and immersing himself in jazz guitar. Inspired by the blend of rock and jazz pioneered by Miles Davis, John McLaughlin, Chick Corea, and Weather report, Watkins and his schoolmates formed Passenger, a cult favorite Austin band. "Through a strange series of events," says Watkins, Passenger became Leonard Cohen's backing band in 1979, touring with Cohen twice in Europe and Australia.

Watkins' guitar playing credits include work with Jack Walrath, Bennie Wallace, Barbara Dennerlein, Leonard Cohen, Joe Ely, K.T


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Continuing our visit to the '90s with Bob Berg, Adam Holzman and Tom Coster

Read "Continuing our visit to the '90s with Bob Berg, Adam Holzman and Tom Coster" reviewed by Len Davis

Continuing with our visit to the '90s with the late Bob Berg, Adam Holzman, Steps Ahead, Gary Willis and the late Allan Holdsworth.Playlist Bob Berg “Silverado" from Back Roads (Denon) 00:00 Adam Holzman “Iron Curtain" from The Big Picture (Escapade) 05:49 Bill Evans “Whisky Talk" from Starfish and the Moon (Escapade) 11:30 Steps Ahead ...


Article: Album Review

Danielle Reich: While We Were Dancing

Read "While We Were Dancing" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

The Austin Texas satellite of the Houston Jazz Mafia, vocalist Danielle Reich, follows her debut recording This Year's Kisses (Self Produced, 2011) with a stripped-down recital right out of the heart of the Great American Songbook. Reich pares down her piano-led standard hard bop quintet to a guitar-driven (capably played by Mitch Watkins) trio. “Less is ...


Underneath It All

Label: Lado ABC
Released: 1989


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