Jun 2, 2013
Charlie Watts, the only member of the Rolling Stones to release outright jazz albums, turns 72 years old today. Co-incidentally, his fellow Stone Ronnie Wood celebrated his birthday yesterday.
Watts was always a serious jazz fan, while his fellow Stones tended toward Blues exclusively. In the 1980's Watts created and led a Big Band that included well-known jazz artists like Courtney Pine and Evan Parker, as well as fellow jazz-enthusiast and rock-legend Jack Bruce. By the early Nineteis he had created and recorded with a quintet, and most recently with a Tentet for his Watts at Scott's live CD. He has shown a real proclivity for the music of Charlie Parker, and he has recorded the odd jazzy version of a Stones tune as well.