Musicians on the Giving Tree

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Biographies of musicians from the program “The Giving Tree of Jazz”.

Julius Watkins: Recording period between 1954-1970

Julius Watkins was virtually the father of the jazz French horn. 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 Hubbard, John Coltrane (the Africa sessions), and the Jazz Composer’s Orchestra, among many others. ~ Scott Yanow (from Blue Note Records site)

Songs heard on the program: Dancing in the Dark – Jordu – B and B – Dancing on the Ceiling – Bells and Horns – Stallion – Lowland Lullaby – Presto (Movement V from Rights of Swing) – Linda Della – Temptation



The Musicians on the Mary Lou Williams / David Stone Martin Jazz Tree

  • Julius Watkins • Kenny Clarke • Percy Heath • Roy Haynes
  • Buster Williams • Thelonious Monk • Fats Waller • Erroll Garner
  • JJ Johnson • Art Blakey • Horace Silver • Billy Taylor(piano)
  • Paul Chambers • Sonny Rollins • Sonny Green(sp?) • Sam Jones
  • Max Roach • Jimmy Jones(piano) • Milt Hinton • Louis Armstrong
  • Tyree Glenn • Coleman Hawkins • Bud Powell • Milt Jackson
  • Cootie Williams • Harold “Shorty” Baker • Earl Hines • Jo Jones
  • Sammy Price • Milt Buckner • Miles Davis • Milt Jackson
  • Dizzy Gillespie • James Moody • Larry Gales • Charlie Christian
  • Lester Young • Ben Webster • Art Tatum • Jack Teagarden
  • Fats Waller • Bennie Moten • Eddie Heywood • Sid Catlett
  • Zoot Sims • Don Byas • Charles Mingus • Clark Terry
  • Duke Ellington • Sonny Greer • Oran “Hot Lips” Page • Benny Carter
  • Roy Eldridge • Charlie Parker • John Lewis • Chick Webb
  • Eddie Barefield • Tricky Sam (Nanton) • John Coltrane • Jimmy Blanton
  • Don Redman • Freddy Guy • Tiny Grimes • Herchel Evans
  • Count Basie • Luckeyeth Roberts • Sidney Bechet • Joe Nanton
  • Johnny Hodges • Harry Carney • Oscar Peterson • Billy Taylor (bass)
  • Barney Bigard • Kenny Dorham • Oscar Pettiford • J P Johnson
  • Albert Ammons • Ram Ramirez • Sweets Edison • Ray Bryant
  • Buddy Tate • Joe Oliver • Chu Berry • Willie the Lion
  • Leadbelly • Lovie Austin • Meade Lux Lewis • Lonnie Johnson
  • John Williams • Bubber Miley • Gene Ammons • Lawrence Brown
  • Rex Stewart • Pete Johnson • Kid Ory • Jelly Roll Morton • Rose Murphy

Click below or here to see this later jazz tree.

To order the 2002 poster (most current info)

Producer’s note: The commentary and related annotations regarding these graphics and the choice of music played by these musicians are totally his. Of course, his comments do not reflect the views of the stations or their management.