Bobby Watson

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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.