Ernie Watts

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Ernie Watts
Ernie Watts in 2008 Photo by Bob Travis
Ernie Watts in 2008
Photo by Bob Travis
Background information
Birth nameErnest James Watts
Born (1945-10-23) October 23, 1945 (age 76)
Norfolk, Virginia, U.S.
GenresJazz, rhythm and blues
InstrumentsSaxophone, flute, clarinet
Years active1960s–present
LabelsMotown, Tamla, Atlantic, Warner Bros., A&M, CBS, Qwest
Associated actsCharlie Haden, Buddy Rich, The Tonight Show Band, Marvin Gaye, Rolling Stones, Christopher Cross


Ernest James Watts (born October 23, 1945) is an American jazz and rhythm and blues saxophonist. He worked with Charlie Haden's Quartet West and toured with the Rolling Stones. His best known single was "The One You Love". Watts played on soundtracks for the movies Grease and The Color Purple and on the theme song for the TV show Night Court.[1]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Watts, Ernie (James Ernest) – | Jazz Music – Jazz Artists – Jazz News". October 23, 1945. Archived from the original on November 8, 2013. Retrieved 2014-07-17.