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Charlie Watts: A B C and D of Boogie Woogie featuring Axel Zwingenberger / Ben Waters / Dave Green
Iridium Jazz Club

Charlie Watts: A B C and D of Boogie Woogie
featuring Axel Zwingenberger / Ben Waters / Dave Green

Charlie Watts: A B C and D of Boogie Woogie Axel Zwingenberger Ben Waters Dave Green

Saturday, Jun 30, 2012 8:00 PM EDT 2012-06-30T20:00
, New York, NY

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Born on June 2, 1941, in London, England. Charlie Watts is a prominent figure in the world of rock and roll as the longtime drummer of the Rolling Stones. He grew up in Wembley near London as the son of a truck driver. Watts first played with the Rolling Stones in 1963. By the 1980s, he found time to pursue projects outside the Rolling Stones. He returned to his first love, jazz, and formed a number of different groups.
Around the age of ten, Watts discovered jazz and blues music; Miles Davis and John Coltrane were two of his early influences. He started playing music on his own a few years later, converting a banjo into a snare drum. But music was just a side interest for Watts at the time. He left school at 16, and then studied at the Harrow School of Art.
Watts, however, quit the band as it became more popular because he did not want to leave his day job. Guitarist Brian Jones went to form the Rollin' Stones (later the Rolling Stones) with singer Mick Jagger, pianist Ian Stewart, and guitarists Keith Richards and Dick Taylor in 1962. After turning down the Rolling Stones previously, Watts finally agreed to join the group and played his first gig with the band in January 1963.

"For me it was just another job offer," Watts explained in According to the Rolling Stones. He had no expectation that the group would soon be the next big rock sensation. In 1964, the Rolling Stones hit the No. 3 spot on the British pop charts with their cover of Bobby Womack's "It's All Over Now."

While the rest of the band was cultivating their image as rock music's bad boys, Watts was settling down. He married Shirley Ann Shephard in 1964, and the couple welcomed a daughter named Seraphina four years later.

The Rolling Stones scored their first No. 1 hit in the United States in 1965 with "Satisfaction." A string of other successful songs quickly followed such as "Paint It Black" and "Ruby Tuesday." The self-described "World's Greatest Rock & Roll Band" continued to enjoy enormous popularity for the next two decades.

By the 1980s, Watts found time to pursue projects outside the Rolling Stones.  He returned to his first love, jazz, by forming a number of different groups, including a 32 piece band called the Charlie Watts Orchestra.  Around that same time, Watts worked with early Rolling Stones member Ian Stewart in the band Rocket 88.


Watts continues to record and play with the Rolling Stones and expects to stay with the band until Mick Jagger or Keith Richards decides to retire. "We couldn't go on without them. Maybe as the Keith Richards All Stars, but it would be a different band - which I wouldn't mind playing for," Watts said.