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June 21, 1992 | DON HECKMAN
"Paying your dues" is a phrase that comes up often when talking with alto saxophonist Bobby Watson. In jazz parlance, its meaning is simple and direct: doing whatever grunt work it takes to get your career under way. The 38-year-old Watson, a performer who has labored long and hard to reach his present level of success, is a prime example of this philosophy. "I started small and worked my way up," he explains.
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June 4, 2013 | By F. Kathleen Foley
Vaudevillian elements notwithstanding, the absurdist theater isn't typically associated with slam-bang entertainment value. Based on the works of Eugene Ionesco, “Ionescopade” at the Odyssey brings slapstick firmly to the fore in a surprisingly light-hearted divertissement. Yet in fine Ionesco style, the general inanity yields horrific hints of a world gone mad. Director/choreographer William Castellino, working with longtime collaborator Mildred Kayden (music and lyrics)
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May 22, 1994 | BILL KOHLHAASE
Unlike pop music, where appearances in front of an audience often reveal the emperors to be wearing no clothes, the best jazz often comes in live performance. This new recording from Bobby Watson and his band Horizon, recorded last year at a trio of concert spaces, supports that contention, as the alto saxophonist's quintet moves the intensity level up a notch from its previous releases.
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May 22, 1994 | BILL KOHLHAASE
Unlike pop music, where appearances in front of an audience often reveal the emperors to be wearing no clothes, the best jazz often comes in live performance. This new recording from Bobby Watson and his band Horizon, recorded last year at a trio of concert spaces, supports that contention, as the alto saxophonist's quintet moves the intensity level up a notch from its previous releases.
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June 17, 1990 | BILL KOHLHAASE
A veteran of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers and the respected 29th St. Saxophone Quartet, alto saxophonist Bobby Watson shows all the right influences--Johnny Hodges, Sonny Stitt and, of course, Charlie Parker--but doesn't rely on imitation to get his point across.
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May 30, 1993 | LEONARD FEATHER
* * * Bobby Watson, "Tailor Made," Columbia. Watson's alto sax has long deserved a big band setting. Here it is, allowing him to stretch as composer and arranger of 10 pieces; two others were written by his wife, Pamela. There is little experimentation here--essentially this is a straight-ahead date relying on orthodox harmony rather than modes or the avant-garde, but within these parameters Watson distinguishes himself.
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April 1, 1993 | LEONARD FEATHER
Bobby Watson, the alto saxophonist who came to prominence in Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers (class of 1981), has spent most of the past decade leading his own group, Horizon, which opened Tuesday at Catalina. Everything he learned in the rhythmic conservatory that was Blakey's band, and much that has evolved along the way since then, comes into play in Watson's solos--variously sweet and sour, supple and complex; now simple, now steamy.
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June 4, 2013 | By F. Kathleen Foley
Vaudevillian elements notwithstanding, the absurdist theater isn't typically associated with slam-bang entertainment value. Based on the works of Eugene Ionesco, “Ionescopade” at the Odyssey brings slapstick firmly to the fore in a surprisingly light-hearted divertissement. Yet in fine Ionesco style, the general inanity yields horrific hints of a world gone mad. Director/choreographer William Castellino, working with longtime collaborator Mildred Kayden (music and lyrics)
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March 26, 1993 | ZAN STEWART, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Saxophonist Bobby Watson used to call the music his band Horizon played "Post Motown Bop." These days he calls his outfit's offerings "Present Tense" music, employing the name of Horizon's first Columbia album. Both names mean the same thing to the New York-based Watson: They embrace everything from world music and hard bop to '60s-style avant-garde jazz to R&B-ish blues numbers.
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June 18, 1996
Saxophonist Bobby Watson and his band Horizon will play a free concert at MOCA's Geffen Contemporary, 152 N. Central Ave., on Thursday at 5 p.m. Information: (213) 621-1749.
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May 30, 1993 | LEONARD FEATHER
* * * Bobby Watson, "Tailor Made," Columbia. Watson's alto sax has long deserved a big band setting. Here it is, allowing him to stretch as composer and arranger of 10 pieces; two others were written by his wife, Pamela. There is little experimentation here--essentially this is a straight-ahead date relying on orthodox harmony rather than modes or the avant-garde, but within these parameters Watson distinguishes himself.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 1, 1993 | LEONARD FEATHER
Bobby Watson, the alto saxophonist who came to prominence in Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers (class of 1981), has spent most of the past decade leading his own group, Horizon, which opened Tuesday at Catalina. Everything he learned in the rhythmic conservatory that was Blakey's band, and much that has evolved along the way since then, comes into play in Watson's solos--variously sweet and sour, supple and complex; now simple, now steamy.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 26, 1993 | ZAN STEWART, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Saxophonist Bobby Watson used to call the music his band Horizon played "Post Motown Bop." These days he calls his outfit's offerings "Present Tense" music, employing the name of Horizon's first Columbia album. Both names mean the same thing to the New York-based Watson: They embrace everything from world music and hard bop to '60s-style avant-garde jazz to R&B-ish blues numbers.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 21, 1992 | DON HECKMAN
"Paying your dues" is a phrase that comes up often when talking with alto saxophonist Bobby Watson. In jazz parlance, its meaning is simple and direct: doing whatever grunt work it takes to get your career under way. The 38-year-old Watson, a performer who has labored long and hard to reach his present level of success, is a prime example of this philosophy. "I started small and worked my way up," he explains.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 17, 1990 | BILL KOHLHAASE
A veteran of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers and the respected 29th St. Saxophone Quartet, alto saxophonist Bobby Watson shows all the right influences--Johnny Hodges, Sonny Stitt and, of course, Charlie Parker--but doesn't rely on imitation to get his point across.
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March 3, 1989 | ALEENE MacMINN, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Top jazz musicians are rallying to the aid of Woody Shaw, 44, the blind and ailing jazz trumpeter whose left arm was amputated earlier this week after he tumbled from a subway platform in Brooklyn, N.Y., into a train's path. Musicians around the country have begun organizing a concert to benefit Shaw, whose deteriorating health forced him to return last fall to his parents' home in Newark, N.J., from the European jazz circuit.
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June 16, 1994
Alto saxophonist Bobby Watson brings his New York-based band Horizon to Southern California next week for five shows. Horizon, which includes drummer Victor Lewis, trumpeter Terell Stafford, pianist Ed Simon and bassist Essiet Okon Essiet, opens Sunday at Wheeler Hot Springs Spa and Restaurant, 16826 Maricopa Highway, Ojai. The $50 admission includes dinner at 5:30 p.m. and concert at 7:30 p.m. Information: (800) 227-9292.
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