Saxophonist and composer Ernie Watts is perhaps the most recorded of all living saxophonists. This two-time Grammy Award winner is equally at home in rock, pop, and jazz. Over the last 40 years he has recorded with everyone from Cannonball Adderly to Frank Zappa.
Watts joined singer Kurt Elling, The Laurence Hobgood Trio, and the Ethel Sting Quartet in “Dedicated to You,” a tribute to the legendary John Coltrane/Johnny Hartman collaboration at the Englert Theatre in Iowa City January 24.
Prior to the concert, I spoke with Ernie by phone from his home in California about his career, his influences, his latest CD and the concert with Kurt Elling.
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