- Jeff 'Tain' Watts
"Jeff 'Tain' Watts has helped change the face of Modern Jazz over the past 35 years. Originally becoming a part of the Wynton Marsalis Quartet in 1981, Jeff "Tain" Watts went on to work with George Benson, Harry Connick Jr, Brandford Marsalis and McCoy Tyner after leaving the Wyntyon Marsalis Quartet in 1988.
While a member of the Branford Marsalis Quartet, Jeff "Tain" Watts performed as a member of the "Tonight Show" band with Jay Leno, and co-starred in the Spike Lee film "Mo Better Blues" as Rhythm Jones--a fictitious drummer who plays in the band of Denzel Washignton.
After leaving the "Tonight Show", Mr. Watts continued to record and tour with Branford Marsalis as well as Danilo Perez, Michael Brecker, Betty Carter, Geri Allen, Alice Coltrane, Greg Osby, Steve Coleman, Gonzalo Rubalcaba and Ravi Coltrane.
In addition to his many performance credits as a sideman, Jeff "Tain" Watts has an equally impressive track record as a bandleader, which includes eight critically-acclaimed albums."