Jeff "Tain" Watts
Life and work
Watts studied classical percussion at the Duquesne University in Pittsburgh and jazz at the Berklee School of Music. He was a member of the Wynton Marsalis Quintet until 1988. Having worked with George Benson, Harry Connick Jr. and McCoy Tyner, Branford Marsalis played 1988 'Album Trio Jeepy and in 1989 became a member of his quartet. He also met with Ricky Ford, Robin Eubanks, Danilo Perez, Michael Brecker, Betty Carter, Courtney Pine, Geri Allen, Joey Calderazzo and Claudia Acuña.
1991 he recorded his first album as a leader megawatts with Kenny Kirkland as a pianist, 1998 Citizen Taine. Followed in 2002 and 2004 Bar Talk of the live recording Detained at the Blue Note. Since 2005 he works in a quartet with Marcus Strickland ( sax ), Eric Revis (bass) and David Budway ( piano). Numerous albums in which he was involved, were nominated for a Grammy; 6 got it (as of 2011).