Julius Watkins

Julius Watkins was virtually the father of the jazz French horn. Born in Detroit, MI, on October 10, 1921, he started playing French horn at the age of nine, although he worked with the Ernie Fields Orchestra on trumpet (1943-1946). In the late '40s, he took some French horn solos on records by Kenny Clarke and Babs Gonzales, and spent 1949 as a member of the Milt Buckner big band.

After three years of study at the Manhattan School of Music, Watkins started appearing on small-group dates including a pair of notable sessions led by Thelonious Monk in 1953-1954. He co-led Les Jazz Modes with Charlie Rouse in 1956-1959; toured with Quincy Jones' big band (1959-1961); did plenty of studio work (including the Miles Davis-Gil Evans collaborations); and recorded with Charles Mingus (in 1965 and 1971), Freddie HubbardJohn Coltrane (the Africa sessions), and the Jazz Composer's Orchestra,...

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Albums featuring Julius Watkins

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