Ernie Watts live at the 2019 Ballard Jazz Festival

Ernie Watts has built an enviable musical résumé. The sax player was a key member of Charlie Haden’s Quartet West, played with the “Tonight Show” band for 20 years, and lent his jazz expertise to the rock music of The Rolling Stones and Frank Zappa’s band.

Watts is a two-time Grammy winner and well-respected artist across the musical spectrum, but his heart belongs to the jazz that raised him. John Coltrane and Charlie Parker live on though Watts’ dynamic, passionate sound that can fill a room and break your heart. Watts is a good friend to Seattle jazz fans and musicians alike, working often with his friend and Seattle jazz icon, pianist Marc Seales, who is featured in this remarkable live performance at the Ballard Jazz Festival.

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