Saxophonist Bobby Watson is not changing to meet trends from Times Union

“As a young man in Kansas City, Bobby Watson and those of his era didn’t have the opportunities aspiring jazz musicians have today—summer jazz camps, elite college programs and entities like the Herbie Hancock and Thelonious Monk jazz institutes. Instead, the saxophonist hung out with friends like Pat Metheny, listening to music, jamming and practicing; building the foundation for greatness.”

Saxophonist Bobby Watson brings the sparks on ‘Back Home in Kansas City’ on NPR’s Fresh Air

“After decades in New York, Watson has returned to Kansas City. The core KC jazz values — a swinging beat, a personal style, and an earthy, bluesy sensibility — are firmly in place on this new album.”

Video Interview with WBGO’s Sheila Anderson

Preview of Bobby Watson’s “Back Home in Kansas City” featured on WBGO’s New Day, New Play

“Like all players of substance, saxophonist Bobby Watson knows that traction comes from looking over your shoulder…what you have experienced, directly or indirectly. That’s where the push forward comes from. Born in Kansas City, and now living there again, Watson has always possessed a founding line at 18th & Vine, which has given him the creativity to imagine, or reimagine. “