Watts’ legend began in drummer Buddy Rich’s orchestra in 1966, and over the past half a century he’s played with the giants of jazz, including trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie, pianists Thelonious Monk and Chick Corea, saxophonist Julian "Cannonball" Adderley and countless others.
In the late 1980s Watts was part of guitarist Pat Metheny’s Special Quartet and since 1987 the saxophonist has been a member of bassist Charlie Haden’s Quartet West.
In an extraordinarily diverse career Watts has also recorded and toured with Mowtown’s Marvin Gaye, soul legends Aretha Franklin and James Brown, guitarist Frank Zappa and The Rolling Stones, to name just a few of the artists who have called on Watts.
A two-time Grammy winner, Watts was the recipient in March 2014 of the prestigious Frankfurt Music Prize, an award that recognizes Watts’ outstanding contribution to music.
Some of Watts’ best music has come in the past decade since he and his wife Patricia Watts set up Flying Dolphin Records. Analog Man (Flying Dolphin Records, 2007) won the Independent Music Awards Best Jazz Album in 2008, and the follow-up, Oasis (Flying Dolphin Records, 2011) raised the bar further still.
There are few more exhilarating sounds in jazz than hearing Watts tear loose on his tenor saxophone. His appearance at the Sugar Club is made possible by Teddy D Promotions and is a rare chance for Dublin jazz fans to witness this modern jazz great.
Support is provided by singer Suzanne Savage and up-and-coming guitarist Julien Colarossi who kick off the show at 8.15 pm.
Ernie Watts and his European quartet promises to be one of the very best gigs of the year so it’s advisable to book ahead to avoid disappointment.
For tickets and information please visit The Sugar Club’s website.