UMKC Jazz Professor Bobby Watson Honored by Howard University


The UMKC Conservatory is pleased to announce that Professor Bobby Watson is presented with the prestigious Benny Golson Jazz Master Award at Howard University in Washington, DC, March 7, 2013. Watson is honored for his excellence in jazz and his role as a mentor in the jazz community around the world. He is also featured in concert with the Howard University Jazz Ensemble.

Howard University Professor of Music Fred Irby, III said, "On March 7, 2013 in Washington, DC the Howard University Jazz Ensemble presented a tribute to Donald Byrd.  Donaldson Toussaint L'Ouverture, II, was a 2000 Jazz Master and the founder of the prestigious jazz program at Howard University.  Bobby Watson, director of jazz studies at the UMKC Conservatory was invited to be the guest soloist for the occasion.  During the concert, masestro Watson was presented the Benny Golson Jazz Master Award.  Additionally, special commentary in honor of Donald Byrd was given by trumpeter Jimmy Owens, a 2012 NEA Jazz Master."

The Howard University Jazz Ensemble created The Benny Golson Jazz Master Award in 1996 to honor the legacy of Howard University Alumnus Benny Golson. Dr. Golson, jazz composer and saxophonist, is the composer of the following jazz standards: Killer Joe, Along Came Betty, Blues March, I Remember Clifford, Stablemates, and others. Other honorees include The Thelonius Monk Institute for Jazz, Greg Osby, Javon Jackson, and a host of other jazz greats. Dr. Golson has presented master classes at the UMKC Conservatory.

Bobby Watson is the Conservatory's William D. and Mary Grant / Missouri Professor of Jazz Studies. He is a Grammy-nominated saxophonist, composer, producer, and educator. He has worked with notable jazz artists Max Roach, Louis Hayes, George Coleman, Sam Rivers and Wynton and Branford Marsalis, as well as vocalists Joe Williams, Dianne Reeves, Lou Rawls, Betty Carter, and Carmen Lundy. He has performed all over the world, including on stage at the world-renowned Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.


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Name: Dana Self
Phone: 816-235-2949