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Jeff "Tain" Watts
Jeff Tain Watts.jpg
Watts performing with Wynton Marsalis in JazzFest 2007
Background information
Born (1960-01-20) January 20, 1960 (age 55)
Origin Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, US
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Musician, bandleader, actor
Instruments Drums
Labels Dark Key Music
Associated acts Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Kevin Eubanks, The Tonight Show Band
Website tainish.com

Jeff "Tain" Watts (born January 20, 1960) is a jazz drummer who has performed with Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Betty Carter, Michael Brecker, David Gilmore, Ravi Coltrane and others.

Biography[edit]

Jeff "Tain" Watts holds the unique distinction of being the only musician to appear on every Grammy Award-winning jazz record by both Wynton and Branford Marsalis.

He got the nickname "Tain" from Kenny Kirkland when they were on tour in Florida and drove past a Chieftain gas station.[1]

Watts has worked in the film and television industry as both a musician on the The Tonight Show with Jay Leno for three years and as an actor, playing Rhythm Jones in Spike Lee's Mo' Better Blues. Watts performed and recorded with the Branford Marsalis Quartet from 1985 to 2009. He currently performs with his own groups The Watts Project and the Jeff "Tain" Watts Quartet, as well as with McCoy Tyner, The George Cables Project, and Geri Allen. In 2007 Watts started his own record label, Dark Key Music, releasing Folk's Songs in 2007, Watts in 2009 and Family in 2011. Terence Blanchard won the 2010 Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Solo for Dark Key Music's "Dancin' 4 Chicken". Watts writes most of the compositions on his own albums.

Watts is a Pittsburgh Steelers fan[citation needed] and can be seen on the album cover of Branford Marsalis's Braggtown with a Terrible Towel.

Discography[edit]

As leader[edit]

  • Megawatts (2004, originally recorded in 1991)
  • Citizen Tain (1999)
  • Bar Talk (2002)
  • DeTAINed at the Blue Note (2004)
  • Folk's Songs (2007) Dark Key Music
  • WATTS (2009) Dark Key Music
  • Family (2011) Dark Key Music

As sideman[edit]

Recognition[edit]

Grammy Awards[edit]

  • Career Wins: 6[2]
  • Career Nominations: 15
Jeff "Tain" Watts Grammy History
Year Category Title Genre Label Result Notes
1986 Best Jazz Instrumental Performance - Group Black Codes From The Underground Jazz Columbia Winner with Wynton Marsalis.
1987 Best Jazz Instrumental Performance - Group J Mood Jazz Columbia Winner with Wynton Marsalis.
1988 Best Jazz Instrumental Performance - Group Marsalis Standard Time - Volume 1 Jazz Columbia Winner with Wynton Marsalis.
1988 Best Jazz Instrumental Performance - Group Trio Jeepy Jazz Columbia Nominated with Branford Marsalis
1990 Best Jazz Instrumental Performance - Group Mo Better Blues (soundtrack) Jazz CBS Nominated with the Branford Marsalis Quartet.
1993 Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, Individual Or Group I Heard You Twice The First Time Jazz Columbia Winner with the Branford Marsalis Quartet.
1996 Best Jazz Instrumental Album PanaMonk Jazz Impulse Nominated with Danilo Perez.
1998 Best Jazz Instrumental Album Songbook Jazz Warner Bros. Nominated with Kenny Garrett.
2000 Best Jazz Instrumental Album by an Individual or Group Requiem Jazz Columbia Nominated with the Branford Marsalis Quartet.
2000 Best Jazz Instrumental Album by an Individual or Group Time is of the Essence Jazz Verve Nominated with Michael Brecker
2001 Best Jazz Instrumental Album by an Individual or Group Contemporary Jazz Jazz Columbia Winner with the Branford Marsalis Quartet.
2001 Best Latin Jazz Album Refugee Jazz Verve Nominated with Hector Martignon.
2005 Best Jazz Instrumental Album by an Individual or Group Eternal Jazz Marsalis Music Nominated with the Branford Marsalis Quartet.
2010 Best Jazz Instrumental Solo Watts Jazz Dark Key (Watts' label) Winner Terence Blanchard for the track "Dancin' 4 Chicken"
2011 Best Jazz Instrumental Album by an Individual or Group Positootly! Jazz Resonance Records Nominated with John Beasley.
2011 Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album Mingus Big Band Live at Jazz Standard Jazz Mingus Workshop, Inc/Jazz Standard Winner with the Mingus Big Band

References[edit]

  1. ^ From an interview with Kevin LeGendre for Jazz On 3 on BBC Radio 3.
  2. ^ Grammy Awards list[dead link][dead link]

External links[edit]


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New York Times
Thu, 03 Sep 2015 16:03:45 -0700

His flagship has long been the Fort Apache Band, featuring his brother, the bassist Andy González, and others — including, during this engagement, the alto and soprano saxophonist Joe Ford and the drummer Jeff (Tain) Watts. At 8 and 10:30 p.m., Blue ...
 
Jazzwise magazine
Fri, 19 Jun 2015 08:22:30 -0700

Also appearing is US the power trio of virtuoso bassist Charnett Moffett, guitarist/pianist Stanley Jordan and heavy-hitting drummer Jeff 'Tain' Watts, collectively known as the Nettwork Trio (pictured top), who explore an energetic take on free ...

New York Times

New York Times
Thu, 20 Aug 2015 14:57:00 -0700

Saturday's lineup will feature performances by the singer-pianist Andy Bey, the organist Dr. Lonnie Smith and the drummer Jeff (Tain) Watts, among others. And on Sunday, in the East Village, Bird Calls will appear on a program that also includes the ...

New York Times

New York Times
Wed, 05 Aug 2015 14:54:58 -0700

Another original — “Celebration of Life Suite,” by the pianist Ray Angry — features the singer Nadia Washington alongside heavy lifters like the tenor saxophonist Chris Potter and the drummer Jeff (Tain) Watts, who commit fully to the task. Where ...

Jazzcorner

Jazzcorner
Mon, 17 Aug 2015 14:11:15 -0700

Charlie Parker Jazz Festival: Dr. Lonnie Smith / Andy Bey / Jeff "Tain" Watts / Camille Thurman / Norma Miller / Master Class: Samuel Coleman August 22 @ 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm | Free Marcus Garvey Park Dr. Lonnie Smith is an unparalleled musician, ...

Jazzcorner

Jazzcorner
Tue, 11 Aug 2015 20:45:00 -0700

Additionally amazing is how Essiet,Jeff "Tain" Watts and Manuel Valera shift so effortlessly between all these rhythms and melodies and in the final analysis Shona is one of the most musically interesting and cohesive recordings you'll ever want to hear!
 
Sydney Morning Herald
Wed, 29 Oct 2014 17:56:15 -0700

Even when the stare was punctuated by eye contact with a colleague, or a grin of mischievous delight, Jeff "Tain" Watts' drumming remained ferocious. Watts may have shot to prominence 33 years ago with Wynton Marsalis, but he did not end up sharing his ...

Belleville Intelligencer

Belleville Intelligencer
Fri, 07 Aug 2015 03:52:30 -0700

His newest release finds him making music with saxophonist Seamus Blake, and the longtime rhythm section for Branford Marsalis - Robert Leslie Hurst III (bass) and Jeff 'Tain' Watts (drums). Eight of the ten tracks are Botos originals, including the ...
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