"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, 22, is a guitarist, producer, and composer based in Miami, Florida. He has experience working professionally in a broad range of musical styes, including jazz, pop, 'contemporary classical'/new music, and free improvisation.
He became known in the Miami music scene in 2020 when he began performing regularly in legendary drummer Ignacio Berroa's trio (known as the father of modern Cuban drumming) alongside multi-Grammy winning bassist Armando Gola. He also has experience performing with Maria Schneider, Ingrid Jensen, Christian McBride, and Noah Preminger, as well as recordings with Alison Miller, Tony Scherr, Jason Palmer, Shelly Berg, and Carmen Staaf, among others. His guitar playing can be heard on 26 commercially released tracks.
Watson has performed abroad in Germany, Canada, Suriname, Italy, and Costa Rica, and at many of the US's premier jazz venues, including the Blue Whale (LA), Nublu (NYC), Drom (NYC), the Black Cat (SF), the North Beach Bandshell (Miami), and Jazz at Lincoln Center (NYC). His future pop ensemble June ARC recently performed at III Points festival in Miami.
His current musical projects include 12eyes, JUNE ARC, The McModern, and Cost of Living. He also is a member of Juvenoia, a NYC based fusion group led by Miguel Russell and Vittorio Stropoli. He recently collaborated with Dion Kerr on an EP called Jems.
Watson has studied improvisation with John Hart, Ben Monder, Kris Davis, Brian Lynch, Tony Malaby, Martin Bejerano and Drew Gress. He has studied composition with Oren Boneh, Tania Leon (winner of the 2021 Pulitzer prize in music) and Dorothy Hindman, South Indian rhythm and Konnakol with Anantha R. Krishnan, and rhythmic independence with Dafnis Prieto (2011 MacArthur Fellow and Grammy award winner) He has a BA in Studio Music and Jazz from University of Miami's Frost School of Music, where he was a Stamps Distinguished Ensemble Scholar. Watson is currently a graduate teaching assistant in the jazz department at the Frost School of Music and completing a masters degree in composition.
Watson has taught students all over the world, leading clinics with the Stamps Quintet 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.