Bobby Watson & Horizon
Horizon, under the leadership of saxophonist Bobby Watson, has stayed true to its sound. After completing his tenure as a member of Art Blakely’s Jazz Messengers (eventually becoming musical director), Watson co-founded Horizon with drummer, Victor Lewis as an acoustic quintet modeled after the Jazz Messengers but with its own slightly more modern twist, and recorded three seminal albums from 1988-91 for Blue Note Records. Now celebrating their 30th Anniversary, hard bob masters Watson and Lewis have reunited and are joined by trumpeter Terell Stafford, Portland native bassist Essiet Essiet, and pianist Edward Simon. Watson, a Kansas City native and current professor at KU, galvanized last years festival with his appearance as part of the Art Blakey Legacy Band.
“Watson has been producing some of jazz’s most
optimistic compositions…” - New York Times