Ken Watters

Kenneth Watters

Lecturer, Jazz Ensemble

Biography

Trumpeter Ken Watters is a Summit Records Recording Artist (with several albums released internationally on the label), Jupiter Performing Artist/Clinician and SESAC & SACEM (dual-affiliated) jazz composer.

Ken left his hometown of Huntsville, Alabama at 17 years of age to attend Interlochen Arts Academy for his final year of high school, immediately after which he began attending the University of North Texas. He later continued his formal studies at Manhattan School of Music.

Ken regularly performs all over North, Central and South America, Italy, France, Holland, Switzerland, Spain, Morocco, Japan, and throughout the Caribbean. He has performed, toured, or recorded with Frank Sinatra, Natalie Cole, Marc Anthony, Chris Potter, Mingus Big Band, Kelis, Gregg Allman, TLC, Bonnie Bramlett, Bobby “Blue” Bland, Fred Wesley, Richie Cole, Dave Valentin, Mike Stern, Bill Goodwin, Little Milton, Dan Penn, Gene Perla, Peter Bernstein, Russell Malone, Herbie Mann, Clarence Carter, Tabou Combo, Steel Pulse, Kassav, Larry Goldings and many other icons of the music world.

In addition to receiving formal education from Interlochen, North Texas and Manhattan School of Music, Watters spent a summer working with Kenny Wheeler at The Banff Centre and has studied privately with Wynton Marsalis, Joe Lovano, David Liebman and Jack Walrath (among others).

Watters and his wife Pamela, a professional pastel artist, now split their home between Huntsville and Mentone, Alabama.

Visit his official site at kenwatters.org.

Education

  • Manhattan School of Music
  • University of North Texas

Classes Taught