Community Stories: Featuring Bobby Watson
Thursday, June 30th, 6:30pm
Black Archives of Mid-America
1722 E. 17th Terrace, Kansas City, MO 64108
Bobby Watson, currently serves as Director of the Jazz Studies program at UMKC. A saxophonist, composer, arranger and educator, Watson grew up in Kansas City, Kansas and trained formally at the University of Miami, a school with a distinguished and well-respected jazz program. After graduating, he proceeded to earn his "doctorate" – on the bandstand – as musical director of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers. For more than three decades now Watson has contributed consistently intelligent, sensitive and well-thought out music to the modern-day jazz lexicon. All told, Watson, the immensely talented and now-seasoned veteran, has issued some 30 recordings as a leader and appeared on 100-plus other recordings, performing as either co-leader or in support of other like-minded musicians. During this session of Community Stories, Watson will discus the importance of the "Kansas City Sound" (a sound created largely by African American musicians such as Count Basie, Big Joe Turner, and the incomparable Charlie Parker) in the evolution of jazz and other genre's of music.