When saxophonist Ernie Watts comes to town, lovers of outstanding jazz know that it’s going to get hot! Renowned for blowing away the audience and jazz critics with his prodigious talents, the legendary sax man takes to the stage of The Living Room for mesmerizing evenings with The Jeremy Monteiro International Trio from May 22 – 25.
A reviewer for ‘All About Jazz’ once said, “after hearing saxophonist Ernie Watts, it’s easy to imagine that he possesses superhuman talents similar to those held by members of the fictional Fantastic Four. He breathes fire, can cool with ice, whip up a storm, and shape his sax sound in otherworldly ways. This is a powerful yet sensitive, technically Herculean yet human, complex yet elegantly beautiful player – no, a marvel.”
The two-time Grammy award winner is one of the most versatile and prolific saxophone players on the music scene today and has featured on over 500 recordings with artists as diverse as Cannonball Adderley and Frank Zappa. During the 1970s and ‘80s, Watts was immersed in the busy production scene of Los Angeles. His signature sound was heard on countless TV shows and movie scores, almost all the early West Coast Motown sessions, and with pop stars such as Aretha Franklin and Steely Dan. Though the pop music genre placed narrow confines on his performance, the studio sessions allowed Watts the chance to constantly hone and refine his tone. After years in the studios, Watts’ passion for acoustic jazz never left him. At the end of a long day of sessions, he could frequently be heard playing fiery jazz in late-night clubs around Los Angeles.
Watts has released 15 solo records and in recent years started his own label, Flying Dolphin Records. “Through my years of touring and recording, I’ve had the opportunity to perform in every kind of musical setting,” says Watts. “I’ve reached a place in my life where I need to make music on my terms, and starting my own label provided me with a new sense of freedom.”
During his residency at The Living Room, Ernie Watts will perform with The Jeremy Monteiro International Trio led by the extraordinary jazz pianist Jeremy Monteiro. Dubbed the ‘King of Swing’, Jeremy was instrumental in establishing The Living Room as Bangkok’s premier live jazz venue. He has recorded more than 20 jazz albums as a band leader and has played on numerous other jazz albums by top jazz artists including Ernie’s, which he also produced. The trio also features top bassist, Christy Smith who has been involved in the Singapore jazz scene since the early 90s and has played alongside such great as Stevie Wonder, Sarah Vaughn, Wynton Marsalis, Eric Marienthal, and many more. The trio’s drummer, Shawn Kelley, is a highly versatile drummer, who spent years playing on the New York jazz circuit before relocating to Asia and establishing a reputation as one of the finest players in the region.
Ernie Watts & The Jeremy Monteiro International Trio appear at The Living Room in association with EFG Bank and Showtime Productions.
Musicians of this caliber performing in Bangkok are a rarity. Don’t miss the sensational Ernie Watts, only at The Living Room.
Ernie Watts & The Jeremy Monteiro International Trio will perform at The Living Room from May 22 – 25.
Cover charge or minimum spend on food and beverage of Baht 1,200 per person.
*All prices are subject to 10% service charge and 7% government tax.
For further information and reservation, please contact: 02 6498353 and email firstname.lastname@example.org
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