Ernie Watts With New Stories | Live At The Ballard Jazz Festival
Ernie Watts has built an enviable musical resume. The sax player was a key member of Charlie Haden's Quartet West, played with the Tonight Show band for 20 years, and lent his jazz expertise to the rock music of the Rolling Stones and Frank Zappa's band. Watts is a two-time Grammy winner and well-respected artist across the musical spectrum, but his heart belongs to the jazz that raised him. John Coltrane and Charlie Parker live on though Watts' dynamic, passionate sound that can fill a room and break your heart. Watts is a good friend to Seattle jazz fans and musicians alike, working often with his friend and Seattle jazz icon, pianist Marc Seales, who is featured in this remarkable live performance at the Ballard Jazz Festival.
1. Acceptance (Ernie Watts)
2. O.P. (Sam Jones)
3. Frequie Flyiers (Ernie Watts)
4. Blue (Marc Seales)
5. Home Light (Ernie Watts, Marc Seales)
6. Reachin’ Up (Ernie Watts, Dave Witham)
Ernie Watts - saxophone
Marc Seales - piano
Doug Miller - bass
John Bishop - drums
Recorded at the Ballard Jazz Festival on May 31, 2019 at The National Nordic Museum in Seattle, WA
About Origin Records
Started in 1997 by Seattle drummer John Bishop, Origin Records is an artist-run label with over 640 recordings by 300 artists from around the world. Along with sibling labels OA2 Records and Origin Classical, Bishop and fellow drummer and web designer Matt Jorgensen release 3 dozen albums every year and provide support services for artist and jazz organizations internationally.
About The Ballard Jazz Festival
In 2003, they started the annual Ballard Jazz Festival with the Ballard Chamber of Commerce. Running it on their own since 2007, the 17-year old, 4-day festival has grown along with Seattle's historic Ballard neighborhood. An eclectic mix of 100 musicians from the Northwest jazz scene & international artists are featured on a Jazz Walk around the clubs and shops of Ballard's old town; a mainstage concert is presented in the new National Nordic Museum, and 2 nights are devoted to the Celebration of the Drum and the Guitar Summit.
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