Avid Admirer: The Jimmy Knepper Project.
Watkins and co-producer Matt Parker, also from Ferguson’s Big Bop Nouveau, released the July 13, 2016 album, Avid Admirer: The Jimmy Knepper Project for just such a tribute. Avid Admirer is on Parker’s BYNK Records. Watkins’ mom Liz and Knepper’s widow Maxine developed a church friendship in Wheeling. After Maxine Knepper passed away in 2014, daughter Robin Knepper Mahonen gave her father’s customized, 1945 Bach Stradivarius 36 trombone to Watkins in hopes he could continue the legacy. She actually gave Watkins the rest of Knepper’s instruments from his vast collection.
Avid Admirer: The Jimmy Knepper Project. Reggie Watkins was born and raised in Wheeling,West Virginia and has played the trombone for twenty-four years. After attending West Virginia University for Jazz Performance he moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to become a staple on the music scene. There he began playing and recording with various groups. In 1999 Watkins joined Maynard Ferguson as Trombonist, Musical Director, and Arranger for the legendary jazz trumpet player
New Album AVID ADMIRER Release Date July 15, 2016. The Jimmy Knepper Project Featuring: Reggie Watkins - Trombone Matt Parker - Saxophone Orrin Evans - Piano Tuomo Uusitalo - Piano Steve Whipple - Bass Reggie Quinerly - Drums. 0:00, ?? 1. Figment Fragment 4:18. Trombonist Reggie Watkins delivers a deeply personal tribute to Jimmy Knepper on his third CD Avid Admirer. One for Miles, One for Maynard.
Trombonist Reggie Watkins's "Avid Admirer: The Jimmy Knepper Project". Bill Evans and Jimmy Knepper.
Reggie Watkins is a trombonist and composer based in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania and has worked extensively with Maynard Ferguson . tsburgh, trombonist Reggie Watkins is internationally known for his strong groove-minded playing and entirely distinctive trombone style. He has worked with some of the biggest names in music including Maynard Ferguson, Jason Mraz and Postmodern Jukebox. Joining him will be the fabulous Orrin Evans, who is the new pianist in The Bad Plus (also w/David Murray, Pharoah Sanders). Playing bass will be the legendary Tony Marino (Dave Liebman, Al Cohn, Zoot Sims)
James Minter Knepper (November 22, 1927 – June 14, 2003) was an American jazz trombonist. In addition to his own recordings as leader, Knepper performed and recorded with Charlie Barnet, Woody Herman, Claude Thornhill, Stan Kenton, Benny Goodman, Gil Evans, Thad Jones and Mel Lewis, Toshiko Akiyoshi and Lew Tabackin, and, most famously, Charles Mingus in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Knepper died in 2003 of complications of Parkinson's disease.
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