Coastal Jazz Association Black History Month Concert

Joe Watts
Joe Watts

For February, the Coastal Jazz Association is excited to present the Coastal Jazz Association Black History Month Concert, to be held on Sunday, February 19th at 5 p.m. at the Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa on Hutchinson Island. The concert will feature the Phil Morrison Trio with Joe Watts.

This trio is more than just a standard jazz group. The uniqueness of this group is on display when you hear Phil’s original songs and compositions written for Black History Month, honoring such notables as Martin Luther King, Jr, Nelson Mandela, Maya Angelou, Dizzy Gillespie, Alain Locke and Nat King Cole!

Also, many of the originals tunes, such as To kyo

Tippin’, Down In Rio, Shanghai Silver, Africana Blue, and, Groovin’ In Honduras, are musically geographical. Even the familiar standard tunes such as Speak Low, ‘Round Midnight, and Love for Sale, are presented with unique arrangements, usually consisting of a special bass line intros.

The Southern roots & church background of pianist/ vocalist Joe Watts are evident as you listen to one of the most soulful singer/ pianist on the scene today. Joe studied music at Flor ida A&M where he played trombone in their world famous marching band. He spent over 10 years in Sweden performing with a variety of world class musicians and singers.

Lou Rawls, Nat Adderley and Maynard Ferguson are among some of the artists with whom Joe has performed.

Bassist, composer, songwriter Phil Morrison uses his international travels and experiences to influence his music. Traveling to Brazil many times while working with singer/pianist Freddy Cole (youngest brother of Nat King Cole). As well as Japan, China and most of Europe while working with Blues great T-Bone Walker, he acquired a great appreciation for those cultures and their music. Phil wrote an official song for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, performed with Dizzy Gillespie and the electric jazz group Stark Reality. Pop group Black Eyed Peas sampled Phil‘s bassline from this group’s recording. Members of CJA and students with valid IDs will be admitted for free and the fee for non-members is $20.

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