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Jerry Watts Jr.

Since arriving in Los Angeles, bassist Jerry Watts Jr. has worked with the best of the best – a truly eclectic mix of artists at the highest levels of pop, rock, jazz, world beat, and groove musics of every description. Watts has appeared on hundreds of albums, with 3 GRAMMY® wins and 10 nominations (including 2 Latin GRAMMYs®), and has appeared on numerous film /TV soundtracks, and live DVDs. In addition, Watts has extensive international touring experience, performing in over 45 countries worldwide. A remarkable musical versatility and a commitment to original, creative, and improvised musics has been the through line of his career from the beginning.

Watts first made his mark alongside drumming legend David Garibaldi as a member of the popular group Wishful Thinking lead by Tim Weston, while at the same time appearing on Prog-Rock keyboard whiz Eddie Jobson’s first solo effort (The Green Album) – AND touring/recording with Indian violin virtuoso L. Subramaniam (whose iconic band included Larry Corryell, Stephane Grapelli and Tony Williams).

Original . Creative . Collaboration

Beginning with Wishful Thinking, Watts has been committed to original musics of every stripe, collaborating with artists like Andy Summers, Babaghanoush, Gary Meek, and Mike Miller, to name just a few. Today, Jerry continues to perform and record with a new generation artists, including Caliph, John Daversa, Dan Rosenboom, Katisse Buckingham, Marcus Machado, The Oddsemble, Zane Carney …

Recording

Jerry’s recording resume is a roll call of some of the most influential musicians spanning genre after genre, including: Andy Summers (The Police), Andy Timmons, Billy Idol, Dave Stewart (think Eurythmics), Dan Rosenboom, Brazilian master Dori Caymmi, Eddie Jobson, Herbie Hancock, Gary Meek, Ginger Baker (Cream), the multiple Grammy® winning John Daversa Big Band & Small Group, Keith Emerson (ELP), L. Subramaniam, Marcus Machado, Martin Tillman, Mitch Forman, Pat Leonard, Peter Cetera, Russ Miller/Arrival, Stephen Bishop, The Triplets, Tommy Walker, Toni Childs, Tony Williams, Seay, Wishful Thinking, The Wilsons…

World Beat

Check out the work he’s done with Airto Moreira, Dori Caymmi, Flora Purim, Gal Costa, Giovanni Hidalgo, Jai Uttal, Justo Almario, Kavita Krishnamurthy, Kleber Jorge, Khaled, Lakshmi Shankar, Dimitris Mahlis, L. Subramaniam, Omar Akram, Osamu Kitajima, Ricardo Silveira, Sadao Watanabe, Shakila, Subash Chandran, Vinx, Wahid, and Yutaka.

Touring . Live

Performance/touring credits include work with Andraé Crouch, Billy Childs, Kirk Covington, Bobby Caldwell, Don Grusin, Down To The Bone, Dr. John, Grace Kelly, Jarvis Church, Jefferson Starship, Joe Farrell, Keiko Matsui, Linda McCrary, Marilyn Scott, Mylène Farmer, Rhiannon, Renee Olstead, Sergio Mendes, Simon Phillips (feat. Steve Vai and Paul Gilbert), Toshi Yanagi (to name just a few)….

Visual Media

TV: Ali (HBO); After Dark (ABC); Batman Beyond (WB); Fairly Odd Parents; America’s Funniest Videos (ABC); The Game Awards; The Larry Sanders Show (HBO); Vegas (CBS)

FILM: Fairly Odd Parents; She’s Funny That Way; Missippippi Masala; License To Drive; Kunta Kinte Island; Salaam Bombay; Dying Young; Hunt For The Unicorn Killer

DVD: Andy Summers (Guitar); Mylène Farmer ( Mylenium Tour & Live A Bercy); Tommy Walker (Live In Africa, Breakthrough, Make It Glorious); Russ Miller (Arrival Live); Kevyn Lettau (Kevyn Lettau and Friends); John Daversa (Kaleidoscope Eyes: The Music Of The Beatles)

Jerry at LACM

EDUCATION

Jerry is a sought-after clinician, and has served as bass department chair at Los Angeles College of Music (LACM) in Pasadena since 2005.

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