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"He is one of the greatest living tenor saxophonists, at the top of his game."
Ian Patterson / All About Jazz    

Ernie Watts

Two-time Grammy-winner, Ernie Watts

  • Featured soloist with the Delaware Symphony at 16 while learning jazz by ear
  • Boston’s Berklee College of Music on a Downbeat Scholarship
  • Joined Buddy Rich’s Big Band, toured the world and recorded two albums with the band
  • Joined Charlie Haden in Pat Metheny’s special Quartet
  • 20 years in Johnny Carson’s Band
  • Latest album 2016: Wheel of Time from Flying Dolphin Records
Toronto Centre for the Arts, George Weston Recital Hall, Sat, May 21, 7:30 p.m.
$20 for students; $48 others.
Call the box office for tickets or use this link

Quintet: Ernie Watts - sax,
Brad Goode - trumpet
Adrean Farrugia - piano
Terry Clark - drums
Neil Swainson - bass

RICH BROWN & THE ABENG (opening set)
Rich Brown - bass
Luis Deniz - sax
Stan Fomin - piano
Mark Kelso - drums
Kevin Turcotte - trumpet

WholeNote Articles: link

Concert Series 2016   JPEC presents: We are thrilled to be back at the Toronto Centre for the Arts for the presentation of our 2016 jazz series. Four concerts will be held in the newly refurbished Studio Theatre which offers an intimate experience with the musicians. Two concerts will be in the George Weston Recital Hall. As always we present outstanding musicians with each concert representing a different voice.
    February 13  Everything I Love - Melissa Stylianou Trio
    February 27  Justin Gray’s Synthesis - Trio
    March 5  Jazz n' Pizazz - Jane Fair / Rosemary Galloway Quintet
    March 19  Sonoluminescence Trio - David Mott, William Parker, and Jesse Stewart
    April 16  Fred Hersch Trio - Fred Hersch, John Hébert, Eric McPherson
    May 21  Ernie Watts Quintet - with Rich Brown & the Abeng Quintet opening

JPEC Concert Series 2016 Card see here Post Card.
For more information line-up see here Events.
For booking and ticket links see here Booking.
Novotel sponsorship offer see here Offer.


School Outreach For more information see Jazz Education and JPEC Outreach and click on Accessing Outreach Programs in the schools.

We appreciate your feedback and support and look forward to greeting you at our events. Click under the various tabs to find highlights of galas, concerts, outreach, and more.

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