"An amazing talent."
- Theron Brown (Christian McBride, Joe Lovano)
"Warm, clear, and inviting tone....His calm and mature musical demeanor make him a guitarist to keep an eye out for in the coming years.
- John Hart (Maria Schneider, Jack McDuff, Chris Potter)
Tim Watson is a guitarist, producer, and composer based in Miami, Florida.
His experience ranges from work in trio with legendary drummer Ignacio Berroa (known for his work during his 12 year stint with Dizzy Gillespie, and is widely considered to be one of the most influential Cuban drummers of all time) and bass virtuoso Armando Jose Gola, to improvising on guitar, FM radios, and megaphone at the (in)famous International Noise Convention at Miami's Churchills Pub. He also plays synthesizer, sampler, guitar, cello, and provides video projection art for Miami-based future pop music unit JUNE ARC and its subproject JUNE ARC ORPHANAGE (JUNE ARC is scheduled to perform at III Points 2021 alongside acts like Wu Tang Clan, Kaytranada, ARCA, and more).
Watson has studied with John Hart, Ben Monder, Kris Davis, Brian Lynch, Tony Malaby, Martin Bejerano and Drew Gress. His work in the jazz and creative music world includes performances with Maria Schneider, Ingrid Jensen, Christian McBride, Noah Preminger, and Sasha Berliner, and recordings with Alison Miller, Tony Scherr, Jason Palmer, Shelly Berg, and Carmen Staaf. He has performed all over the US and abroad in Germany, Suriname, Italy, and Costa Rica.
Watson is currently working towards a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Music and Jazz at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. He is a Stamps Distinguished Ensemble Scholar and a member of the Stamps Jazz Quintet, a selective group that includes a full tuition scholarship and a variety of playing and recording opportunities across the US, and abroad. He is an alumnus of the School for Improvisational Music's summer intensive and JAS Academy in Aspen, Colorado.
Watson has taught students of all ages all over the world, including clinics at Berkeley High School, Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, the Conservatorio de Musica Pescara in Italy, in Suriname, South America, and with the Beantown Swing Orchestra, where he is a regular big band instructor.