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Jeffrey Watkins - Saxophonist

Post  Moderator on Thu Apr 28, 2011 12:59 am

In 1985, Jeff headed to the University of Miami, where he studied jazz and audio engineering and jammed with countless groups in the hot tropical nightclubs of South Florida. Jeffery was with Groove Thangs and saxaphone player for 'The Godfather of Soul' Mr James Brown for twelve years. James Brown passed away on Christmas day, 2006 and Jeffery is now keeping James Brown' spirit alive in The Joss Stone Band, playing along side with the other half of the horn section Mr Hollie Farris on the trumpet.
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Post  SH on Wed May 11, 2011 9:12 pm

Jeffery is amazing!! His section in 'Incredible' is just WOW!! Very Happy
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Post  JossLovebird on Wed May 11, 2011 9:16 pm

Awww Sophie he's such a great musician and I met him in Amsterdam and he was so nice Smile

Incredible is one of my favourite songs Wink
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Post  Moderator on Tue May 17, 2011 1:55 am

Jeffery is a complete and utter Pro Very Happy

It's nice the band aren't forgotten and the fans love them all dearly Smile

Rock on guys Wink



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New Orleans Suspects

Post  Moderator on Fri Jul 13, 2012 6:35 pm

Take the bassist from The Radiators, the drummer from The Neville Brothers, the guitarist of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, a saxophone player from James Brown’s band and add one of the Crescent City’s top piano players, you’ve got the New Orleans Suspects.

Read more: http://journalstar.com/entertainment/music/new-orleans-suspects-to-bring-classic-crescent-city-sounds-to/article_300b9e47-effd-58e1-b456-813c575a800b.html#ixzz20UAfBwH0

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MAPLE LEAF ROUNDS UP THE NEW ORLEANS SUSPECTS

Post  Admin on Fri Sep 28, 2012 10:38 pm

New Orleans musicians wouldn't survive without their fans, and this weekend, one group is giving their audience a chance to become part of the music. The New Orleans Suspects, a band composed of some of the city’s biggest talents, are recording their third album live this weekend at the Maple Leaf. Anyone who wants to be part of the live recording can get in for $10, and students can get in on the musical magic for just $5.


On Friday and Saturday night beginning at 10pm, the Suspects will start jamming out for their live studio recording. The band is composed of “Mean” Willie Green on drums, Reggie Scanlan on bass, Jake Eckert on guitar, Jeff Watkins on the saxophone, and C.R. Gruver on the keys.

Even if their names don’t sound familiar, you’ve surely heard each one of these guys play around the city or even in your car’s speakers. Eckert is a former member of the Dirty Dozen, Watkins played with James Brown before he left to tour with Joss Stone for five years, Scanlan was a member of the Radiators before they broke up, and Willie Green is the drummer for the Neville brothers.

Gruver is a classically trained pianist who used to play with the nationally recognized band Outformation, based out of Atlanta. The southern keyboardist has been in the Big Easy since 2006 now, and he has no plans of leaving any time soon.

Despite their previous careers, Gruver wants his audience to understand that the Suspects are in fact a real band independent of their previous projects.

“We’re a fulltime band at this point, we’re not a splinter group. We kind of want to break that spell and show people that we’re in the studio, recording our original stuff,” said Gruver.

Their first record should be out by Jazz Fest 2013, one year after they released their last full-length album. While they’ve recorded a lot of tracks in the studio over the past couple of years, Gruver said the band decided it was time to show give their fans a chance to take their live energy home with them.

“Our live shows are a better representation, they reflect where we’re at as a band,” said Gruver. The Suspects pride themselves on their high energy shows, and Gruver said he hopes that their live recordings this weekend will solidify the band’s reputation as an independent entity, not a “super group.”

Everyone in the band is full time, and Gruver described their shows as “real funky, real high energy,” and said that every time they play together, they “try to throw a party.”

The Suspects’ performances are pretty cover-heavy, but they’re not a cover band. They distinguish themselves by blending their unique sound with their cover songs, as well as by performing original tracks.

“We’ve developed our own sound,” explained Gruver. “We draw from deep sources, deep cuts.”

Gruver looks forward to recording at the Maple Leaf, bringing the full time band back to the spot where it all began. “The first time we played there, we were just kind of a pickup band. The chemistry was so good we just kept doing it,” he said.

General admission is $10, but the Suspects don’t want to scare away broke college kids. In an effort to widen their audience’s scope, the members decided that students ages 21 and over who bring their student ID’s get in for just $5. “It’s important for students to get a feel for what New Orleans music is about historically,” said Gruver.

Fans and anyone else interested in checking out the New Orleans Suspects can purchase their CD at the Louisiana Music Factory or online at the band’s website.

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Post  Moderator on Fri Sep 28, 2012 11:12 pm

Awesome! I'll have to order this, they are seriously funky Smile
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