Ken Watters


Band to Join, Vocalist, Vocalist - Bass, Vocalist - Baritone, Vocalist - Tenor, Vocalist - Soprano, Rhythm Guitar, Lead Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Drums, Other Percussion, Violin, Trumpet, Saxophone, Keyboard, Piano, Background Singer, Harmonica, Flute, Other, Banjo, Mandolin, Fiddle, Dobro, Vocalist - Alto, Trombone, Bagpipes, Steel guitar, Upright bass, Cello, Accordion, Ukulele, DJ, Electronic Music.


I (Kenny Watters) am a Summit Records artist with six CDs to date released internationally on the label, all of which spent significant time in the top 50 on the US jazz and/or world music charts. I'm also a Jupiter-XO Professional Brass Artist/Clinician, Facet Mutes Artist & SESAC-affiliated jazz composer. I play, record & tour with musicians of ALL styles, from Haitian-Caribbean to modern jazz to jazz standards, to original singer-songwriter oriented music to classical to hip-hip. Many artists I have worked with are household names, such as Cee-Lo, Frank Sinatra, Natalie Cole, Carlos Santana, Wyclef Jean, Marc Anthony, Gregg Allman, Jason Isbell, The Fifth Dimension, B.o.B., TLC, etc...

Screen name:
Ken Watters
Member since:
Feb 27 2015
Active over 1 month ago
Level of commitment:
Years playing music:
Gigs played:
Over 100
Tend to practice:
More than 3 times per week
Available to gig:
6-7 nights a week


TRUMPET / INSTRUMENTAL (NON-TRUMPET) INFLUENCES: Wynton Marsalis, Chris Botti, Chris Potter, Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Brad Mehldau, Pat Metheny, Till Bronner (German jazz/pop trumpeter), Freddie Hubbard, Donald Byrd, Clifford Brown, Kenny Wheeler, etc...
COMPOSING INFLUENCES: Sting, Wayne Shorter, Weather Report, Jim Croce, Joni Mitchell, Paul Simon / Simon & Garfunkel, Chris Botti, Pat Metheny, James Taylor, Rickie Lee Jones, Jaco Pastorius, Charlie Haden, Cannonball Adderley, Marc Anthony, KASSAV`, The Beatles, Horace Silver, Gil Evans, Duke Ellington, many more composers of all styles...


Jupiter Trumpet, Jupiter Flugelhorn, Kanstul Cornet, Back & Yamaha "backup" trumpets, flugelhorn Stand, Trumpet Stand, Sennheiser 421 Mic, Fender "Passport" 250-Watt PA System, 2 Shure SM-58 Mics, Various mic, speaker & instrument cables, cable to ALWAYS be capable (during our breaks, etc) of playing music from my "gig-specific," appropriate playlists, Wireless Sennheiser Trumpet Mic