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Ernie Watts Quartet
Ernie Watts Quartet
Published: 2016/12/15
Channel: Eduardo Souto
Ernie Watts. A Melodic Approach to Improvisation.
Ernie Watts. A Melodic Approach to Improvisation.
Published: 2012/02/27
Channel: Samir Kambarov
"Bebop" Ernie Watts & The Marc Seales Trio
"Bebop" Ernie Watts & The Marc Seales Trio
Published: 2014/06/10
Channel: KNKX Public Radio
Kerem Gorsev Trio & Ernie Watts -  Four Days
Kerem Gorsev Trio & Ernie Watts - Four Days
Published: 2015/11/13
Channel: Kerem Gorsev
Ernie Watts on practicing and discipline.wmv
Ernie Watts on practicing and discipline.wmv
Published: 2012/12/31
Channel: Fsaxwas9
FOUR SLEEPERS / POOLS - MICHAEL BRECKER, BILL EVANS, ERNIE WATTS, STANLEY TURRENTINE
FOUR SLEEPERS / POOLS - MICHAEL BRECKER, BILL EVANS, ERNIE WATTS, STANLEY TURRENTINE
Published: 2013/01/19
Channel: JazzLive InJapan
Ernie Watts beautiful tenor saxophone solo in Sligo Jazz 2015 live
Ernie Watts beautiful tenor saxophone solo in Sligo Jazz 2015 live
Published: 2015/08/01
Channel: broadcastworlds
Ernie Watts — "Chariots of Fire" [Full Album 1981]
Ernie Watts — "Chariots of Fire" [Full Album 1981]
Published: 2017/04/30
Channel: bernie's bootlegs & more
Lee Ritenour feat Ernie Watts - Jazz à Vienne
Lee Ritenour feat Ernie Watts - Jazz à Vienne
Published: 2015/06/02
Channel: Davdave Oldschool
4 Saxophones / The Sleepers~Pools (1989)
4 Saxophones / The Sleepers~Pools (1989)
Published: 2011/05/04
Channel: paris0820
Ernie Watts Quartet - Knowing When To Leave (1969)
Ernie Watts Quartet - Knowing When To Leave (1969)
Published: 2014/09/14
Channel: johnnystaccata
In Your Own Sweet Way - Ernie Watts
In Your Own Sweet Way - Ernie Watts
Published: 2012/08/10
Channel: kazzcriss3
Ernie Watts - Abraham
Ernie Watts - Abraham's Theme
Published: 2014/03/24
Channel: Cláudio Pestana
Ernie Watts
Ernie Watts
Published: 2011/02/27
Channel: John Herdan
John Coltrane and Charlie Parker Blew My Mind - Ernie Watts
John Coltrane and Charlie Parker Blew My Mind - Ernie Watts
Published: 2010/09/25
Channel: Jazz Video Guy
My One and Only Love (Ernie Watts Quartet)
My One and Only Love (Ernie Watts Quartet)
Published: 2017/01/18
Channel: Dinosax69
Ernie Watts - MUSIC PRAYER FOR PEACE feat Phil Perry
Ernie Watts - MUSIC PRAYER FOR PEACE feat Phil Perry
Published: 2012/03/28
Channel: Bower Wilkins
Ernie Watts Quartet live - XVIII Festiwal Jazz na Starówce 2012 (1/3)
Ernie Watts Quartet live - XVIII Festiwal Jazz na Starówce 2012 (1/3)
Published: 2012/09/17
Channel: karasek52
Jamboree - Ernie Watts Quartet
Jamboree - Ernie Watts Quartet
Published: 2015/11/15
Channel: Jamboree Jazz & Dance Club
Pat Metheny Quartet feat. Ernie Watts
Pat Metheny Quartet feat. Ernie Watts
Published: 2015/11/03
Channel: MockAmi
Ernie Watts Quartet - Analog Man  2006
Ernie Watts Quartet - Analog Man 2006
Published: 2012/06/21
Channel: JazzBreakTV
Ernie Watts is an Unsung Hero of Jazz
Ernie Watts is an Unsung Hero of Jazz
Published: 2010/09/25
Channel: Jazz Video Guy
Ernie Watts: мастеркласс в Марьячи
Ernie Watts: мастеркласс в Марьячи
Published: 2012/11/24
Channel: Saxboutique Bird
Tenor Madness - SLIGO JAZZ PROJECT - All Stars 2015 Ernie Watts & Friends
Tenor Madness - SLIGO JAZZ PROJECT - All Stars 2015 Ernie Watts & Friends
Published: 2015/08/20
Channel: Sligo Jazz Project
Ernie Watts - "Transparent Sea" [Jazz in Concert 1993]
Ernie Watts - "Transparent Sea" [Jazz in Concert 1993]
Published: 2013/09/15
Channel: Reallyis Muhname
SPECIAL QUARTET  Pat Metheny,Ernie Watts,Charlie Haden,Paul Wertico
SPECIAL QUARTET Pat Metheny,Ernie Watts,Charlie Haden,Paul Wertico
Published: 2009/07/05
Channel: Takeo Yamaguchi
Ernie Watts - Chariots Of Fire (1982)
Ernie Watts - Chariots Of Fire (1982)
Published: 2013/03/21
Channel: PilotOfTheAirwaves1
RICHARD GROOVE HOLMES & ERNIE WATTS - FULL ALBUM - JAZZ
RICHARD GROOVE HOLMES & ERNIE WATTS - FULL ALBUM - JAZZ
Published: 2014/02/08
Channel: Peter Tschirky
Ernie Watts - Ritual of spring
Ernie Watts - Ritual of spring
Published: 2010/07/09
Channel: The City Garden Channel
Randy Brecker, Ernie Watts And Stanley Clarke On Jazzvisions.
Randy Brecker, Ernie Watts And Stanley Clarke On Jazzvisions.
Published: 2012/07/27
Channel: stringrip
Ernie Watts - No Doubt About It (1986)
Ernie Watts - No Doubt About It (1986)
Published: 2007/06/13
Channel: eleberr
Ernie Watts - You
Ernie Watts - You're My Thrill
Published: 2012/01/31
Channel: Bailarmente
::solo matador de sax: Ernie Watts: Heineken Concerts,1999 {inesquecível}
::solo matador de sax: Ernie Watts: Heineken Concerts,1999 {inesquecível}
Published: 2011/12/11
Channel: DoceSibilino
Doc Severinsen & Ernie Watts (1988)
Doc Severinsen & Ernie Watts (1988)
Published: 2016/10/23
Channel: Trumpet Lovers
Ernie Watts - LANGUAGE OF THE HEART
Ernie Watts - LANGUAGE OF THE HEART
Published: 2012/04/12
Channel: Bower Wilkins
Ernie Watts * Lady
Ernie Watts * Lady
Published: 2017/07/01
Channel: Everson Dias
You Say You Care - Ernie Watts
You Say You Care - Ernie Watts
Published: 2012/09/28
Channel: Jonathan Corona
Ernie Watts Quartet -18th International Jazz at the Old Town Square in Warsaw, Poland
Ernie Watts Quartet -18th International Jazz at the Old Town Square in Warsaw, Poland
Published: 2012/10/19
Channel: MuzeumJazzu
Lee Ritenour, Don Grusin, Ernie Watts, Alex Acuna - Session II   1979 (very rare album)
Lee Ritenour, Don Grusin, Ernie Watts, Alex Acuna - Session II 1979 (very rare album)
Published: 2016/05/28
Channel: Vitus Vittelli
UROS PERIC, PERICH, GOING DOWN SLOW, WITH ERNIE WATTS
UROS PERIC, PERICH, GOING DOWN SLOW, WITH ERNIE WATTS
Published: 2011/02/14
Channel: Uros Peric
Army Blues & Ernie Watts "Truth"
Army Blues & Ernie Watts "Truth"
Published: 2013/05/16
Channel: vahpr
Ernie Watts - Sweet Solitude
Ernie Watts - Sweet Solitude
Published: 2014/08/01
Channel: Michele Autunno
Ernie Watts Quartet -  Wichita Lineman (1969)
Ernie Watts Quartet - Wichita Lineman (1969)
Published: 2014/09/14
Channel: johnnystaccata
1992 - Don Ashworth, Bill Perkins, Tommy Newsom, Ernie Watts & Peter Christlieb in Spotlight
1992 - Don Ashworth, Bill Perkins, Tommy Newsom, Ernie Watts & Peter Christlieb in Spotlight
Published: 2016/06/03
Channel: TheClassicSports
CWA JAZZ 2017: Cloud Nine
CWA JAZZ 2017: Cloud Nine
Published: 2017/04/23
Channel: Erf Wallin
[HQ]Kerem Görsev Trio & Ernie Watts - Marathi Island @UNIQ Hall ISTANBUL HD 19.5.17
[HQ]Kerem Görsev Trio & Ernie Watts - Marathi Island @UNIQ Hall ISTANBUL HD 19.5.17
Published: 2017/05/19
Channel: Nazım Can Işık
Ernie Watts discusses transcription, instrument choice, and sound.wmv
Ernie Watts discusses transcription, instrument choice, and sound.wmv
Published: 2012/12/31
Channel: Fsaxwas9
Ernie Watts Quartet, Simple Truth, Acceptance
Ernie Watts Quartet, Simple Truth, Acceptance
Published: 2014/09/27
Channel: Aldo Mauricio Lara Mendoza
The Ernie Watts Encounter - "I Was Made To Love Her"
The Ernie Watts Encounter - "I Was Made To Love Her"
Published: 2017/09/21
Channel: madamitsa75
KURT ELLING w/ ERNIE WATTS (sax solo Autumn Serenade) & LAURENCE HOBGOOD TRIO Umbria Jazz Winter #17
KURT ELLING w/ ERNIE WATTS (sax solo Autumn Serenade) & LAURENCE HOBGOOD TRIO Umbria Jazz Winter #17
Published: 2010/01/08
Channel: nickingos
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Ernie Watts
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Ernie Watts in 2008
Photo by Bob Travis
Background information
Birth name Ernest James Watts
Born (1945-10-23) October 23, 1945 (age 72)
Norfolk, Virginia, U.S.
Genres Jazz, rhythm and blues
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Saxophone, flute, clarinet
Years active 1960s–present
Labels Motown, Tamla, Atlantic, Warner Bros., A&M, CBS, Qwest
Associated acts Charlie Haden, Buddy Rich, The Tonight Show Band, Marvin Gaye, Rolling Stones
Website erniewatts.com


Ernest James "Ernie" Watts (born October 23, 1945) is an American jazz and rhythm and blues saxophonist who plays soprano, alto, and tenor saxophone. He has worked with Charlie Haden's Quartet West and toured with the Rolling Stones. On Frank Zappa's album The Grand Wazoo he played the "Mystery Horn", a straight-necked C melody saxophone. He played the notable saxophone riff on The One You Love by Glenn Frey.

Biography[edit]

Ernie Watts at Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, California, August 8, 1987.

Watts was born in Norfolk, Virginia, and began playing saxophone at thirteen. After a brief period at West Chester University, he attended the Berklee College of Music on a Down Beat magazine scholarship. He toured with Buddy Rich in the mid-1960s, occupying one of the alto saxophone chairs, with Lou Marini occupying the other. He visited Africa on a U.S. State Department tour with Oliver Nelson's group. For twenty years he played tenor saxophone with The Tonight Show Band under Doc Severinsen. He was a featured soloist on many of Marvin Gaye's albums on Motown during the 1970s, as well as on many other pop and R&B sessions during his twenty-five years as a studio musician in Los Angeles. He has won two Grammy Awards as an instrumentalist.

In the mid-1980s Watts decided to rededicate himself to jazz. He recorded and toured with German guitarist and composer Torsten de Winkel, drummer Steve Smith, and keyboardist Tom Coster. He was invited to join Charlie Haden's Quartet West. They met backstage one night after Haden heard Watts play "Nightbird" by Michel Colombier. Watts played on soundtracks for the movies Grease and The Color Purple and on the theme song for the TV show Night Court.[1]

He was featured in the Windows XP edition Jazz preview. The song he was featured in was "Highway Blues".[2]

In 2008, his album Analog Man won the Independent Music Award for Best Jazz Album.[3] He played on Kurt Elling's album Dedicated to You, which won the Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album in 2011.

Discography[edit]

As leader[edit]

  • Planet Love (Pacific Jazz, 1969)
  • The Wonder Bag (Vault, 1972)
  • Look in Your Heart (Elektra, 1980)
  • Chariots of Fire (Qwest, 1982)
  • Musician (Qwest, 1985)
  • Sanctuary (Qwest, 1986)
  • The Ernie Watts Quartet (JVC, 1987 [1991])
  • Afoxe with Gilberto Gil (CTI, 1991)
  • Reaching Up (JVC, 1994)
  • Unity (JVC, 1995)
  • Long Road Home (JVC, 1996)
  • Classic Moods (JVC, 1998)
  • Reflections with Ron Feuer (Flying Dolphin, 2000)
  • Alive (Flying Dolphin, 2004)
  • Spirit Song (Flying Dolphin, 2005)
  • Analog Man (Flying Dolphin, 2006)
  • To The Point (Flying Dolphin, 2007)
  • Four Plus Four (Flying Dolphin, 2009)
  • Oasis (Flying Dolphin, 2011)
  • Wheel of Time (Flying Dolphin, 2016)

With Karma

  • Celebration (Horizon/A&M, 1976)[4]
  • For Everybody (Horizon/A&M, 1977)[5]

As sideman[edit]

With Billy Alessi and Bobby Alessi

  • Words and Music (A&M, 1979)
  • Long Time Friends (Qwest, 1982)

With Gene Ammons

With Paul Anka

  • Walk a Fine Line (CBS, 1983)

With Willie Bobo

With Brass Fever

With Kenny Burrell

With Lee Ritenour

  • Stolen Moments (GRP, 1989)

With David Axelrod

With Donald Byrd

With Stanley Clarke

  • Time Exposure (CBS, 1984)

With Randy Crawford

With Donna Summer

Donna Summer (Eponymous Quincy Jones Producer 1982)

With Kurt Elling

With Marvin Gaye

With Dizzy Gillespie

With Charlie Haden

With Bobby Hutcherson

With Milt Jackson

With J. J. Johnson

With Carole King

With Charles Kynard

With Eric Martin

  • Eric Martin (Capitol, 1985)

With John Mayall

With Carmen McRae

With Blue Mitchell

With Helen Reddy

With New Stories

  • Speakin' Out (1998)

With Moacir Santos

With Lalo Schifrin

With Bud Shank

With Gábor Szabó

With Gino Vannelli

With Gerald Wilson

With Torsten de Winkel and Hellmut Hattler

  • Mastertouch (EMI, 1985)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Watts, Ernie (James Ernest) – Jazz.com | Jazz Music – Jazz Artists – Jazz News". Jazz.com. October 23, 1945. Archived from the original on November 8, 2013. Retrieved 2014-07-17. 
  2. ^ "The official home page for Ernie Watts". ErnieWatts.com. Retrieved 2014-07-17. 
  3. ^ [1] Archived March 6, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ Karma - Celebration (LP liner notes). Horizon/A&M Records. SP-713
  5. ^ Karma - For Everybody (LP liner notes). Horizon/A&M Records. SP-723

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