Kim Waters, sax

A Baltimore native from a musical family, Kim’s primary influences were jazz icons Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, Coleman Hawkins, Herbie Hancock, George Benson, Paul Desmond, and Cannonball Adderley. His first instrument - at age 8 - was the violin (“That didn’t go over well with the fellas” says Waters) and within five years he found his true calling on the alto and soprano saxophones. Soon after, Kim organized his first professional band with his brothers, James (who still performs with him) and Eric, and his hometown friend (and soon-to-be jazz piano legend) Cyrus Chestnut. Subsequently, KIM WATERS shared stages with manyof the best including Ray Charles, Al Green, Isaac Hayes, Phyllis Hyman and Grover Washington, Jr. to name a very few. Kim now makes his home in the Austin, Texas area and, when he’s frequently on the road, at the important music venues throughout the world.

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