JULIUS WATKINS

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Julius Watkins (October 10, 1921 – April 4, 1977) was an American jazz musician, and one of the first jazz French horn players. He won the Down Beat critics poll in 1960 and 1961 for "miscellaneous instrument" with French horn named as the instrument.

Watkins was born in Detroit, Michigan. He started playing French horn when he was nine years old, having played the trumpet, the recognized jazz instrument, for the Ernie Fields Orchestra in the mid-1940s. By the late 1940s, however, he had played some French horn solos on Kenny Clarke and Babs Gonzales' records. After moving to New York City, Watkins studied for three years at the Manhattan School of Music. He started appearing in small-group jazz sessions, including two led by Thelonious Monk, featuring on "Friday the 13th" on the album Thelonious Monk and Sonny Rollins (1954).

Watkins recorded with numerous jazz greats, including John Coltrane, Freddie Hubbard, Charles
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JULIUS WATKINS Julius Watkins Sextet (New Faces – New Sounds) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Julius Watkins Sextet (New Faces – New Sounds)
Bop 1954
JULIUS WATKINS Julius Watkins Sextet Vol. 2 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Julius Watkins Sextet Vol. 2
Bop 1955
JULIUS WATKINS Julius Watkins, Charlie Rouse, Gildo Mahones, Ron Jefferson, Oscar Pettiford, Paul Chambers : Les Jazz Modes album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Julius Watkins, Charlie Rouse, Gildo Mahones, Ron Jefferson, Oscar Pettiford, Paul Chambers : Les Jazz Modes
Bop 1957
JULIUS WATKINS French Horns For My Lady album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
French Horns For My Lady
Pop/Art Song/Folk 1962

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JULIUS WATKINS Julius Watkins Sextet (aka  Volumes 1 & 2) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Julius Watkins Sextet (aka Volumes 1 & 2)
Bop 1983

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