by Beth Dodd
Teller County jazz fans will have the chance to hear some top notch tunes on November 7 when Grammy-nominated trombone virtuoso Bill Watrous performs with Swing Factory at the Ute Pass Cultural Center in Woodland Park.
If you are not already familiar with Watrous’ music, you are in for a treat. Bill Watrous is considered to be one of the greatest trombonists of all time. His talent is incredible.
Watrous has had an impressive career, playing with jazz legends like Woody Herman, Roy Eldridge and Count Basie. He has been a guest soloist on albums by other prominent musicians including Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles, Freddie Hubbard, Arturo Sandoval, Michel Legrand, and others. Another one of Watrous’ projects was playing on Chicago’s big band album “Night and Day”.
And the fans can’t get enough. Watrous has recorded 19 solo albums. He was voted the “Number One Jazz Trombonist” in Downbeat Magazine’s readers’ poll seven years in a row and has won the magazine’s Critics Award twice.
Music critic Leonard Feather said of Watrous, “His attractively polished tone, rare command of the instrument, and surprise-packed melodic lines put him in a class of his own.”
Bill Watrous will be performing with the local jazz band Swing Factory at the Ute Pass Cultural Center on Friday, November 7. The evening will include a cocktail hour at 6:30 p.m. followed by the performance at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15. Get yours at the door or buy them online at www.woodlandparkwindsymphony.com. For additional information call (719) 687-2210.