Outside of his celebrated role as drummer for the Rolling Stones, Charlie Watts has had a small but significant jazz-oriented solo career. A lifetime student of jazz and of Charlie Parker in particular, Watts (who is also a gifted illustrator) started in 1964 by publishing a children's tribute to Parker titled High Flying Bird. During the '70s, he joined longtime Stones pianist Ian Stewart in the Rocket 88 band, which featured young British jazz players like Evan Parker and Courtney Pine. In the '90s, a number of intimate, standards-only Charlie Watts Quintet albums also appeared. Watts continued to branch out later in his career, collaborating with fellow drummer Jim Keltner on The Charlie Watts/Jim Keltner Project (2000), a tribal electronica project consisting of instrumental portraits of Watts' jazz percussion heroes; recording a live album at Ronnie Scott's in London with his own Tentet; and playing shows with the ABCD of Boogie Woogie including his friend Dave Green on bass, along with pianists Axel Zwingenberger and Ben Waters. Charlie Watts died at a London hospital surrounded by family on August 24, 2021 at the age of 80. ~ Richard Mortifoglio, Rovi

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