Bobby Watson

Smoke Sessions Records

Bobby Watson is one of the most accomplished saxophonists and educators of the last 40 years, rightfully so, because Bobby was born and raised in one of the most fertile and important areas for jazz in the US, Kansas City. After graduating from the University of Miami in 1975, attending at the same time as Pat Metheny and Jaco Pastorious, he relocated to NY and rapidly became the music director of the prestigious Art Blakely and the Jazz Messengers, a position he held until 1981 when he left to form his own band, Horizon.

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Bobby Watson and Horizon

Feb 24, 2014

  On Thursday, February 27th, alto saxophonist, Bobby Watson and Horizon will return to the Mount Vernon stage.  This All-Star band first performed at Mount Vernon in 1988 and again in 1999.  This year, the group is embarking on their 30th Anniversary Tour.   In 1983, having recently ended a four year stint as musical director with the late great Art Blakey and his Jazz Messengers, Watson conceived of his own small group that would advance his musical ideas in a more modern, hard hitting, post-bop sound.

The most recent release by Bobby Watson is an inspired tribute to the theme that inspired it. Bobby Watson and the "I Have a Dream Project", Check Cashing Day,  honors the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Junior’s I Have a Dream speech.

A disc now residing in the KUVO library of current releases is Check Cashing Day, by saxophonist Bobby Watson and the "I Have a Dream Project."

The title comes from the first half of the "I Have a Dream" speech, in which Dr. King pointed out the 100 year lag from the Emancipation Proclamation and the March on Washington in 1963. "We've come to cash a check," King said.