Ken Watters

My XO 1602 (medium-large) trumpet is by far the most responsive trumpet I have ever owned. Plays perfectly in-tune with itself & is extremely well-voiced in terms of evenness throughout all registers. My 1646 Rosebrass flugelhorn is equally in-tune & well-voiced in all registers. It has an incredibly warm tone in all registers.
Ken Watters


Ken Watters is a jazz & world music trumpeter & flugelhornist originally from Huntsville, Alabama. He has performed, recorded or toured with Carlos Santana, Frank Sinatra, Natalie Cole, Marc Anthony, Cee-Lo Green, Billy Ray Cyrus, Chris Potter, Jason Isbell, Ravi Coltrane, Aloe Blacc, Joshua Redman, Brad Mehldau, Bonnie Bramlett, Dave Valentin, Terry Gibbs, Eartha Kitt, B.o.B., Mingus Big Band, Toshiko Akiyoshi Big Band, The Vanguard Orchestra (Village Vanguard, NYC), Steel Pulse & many other musical icons.

Watters attended Grissom High School, Interlochen Arts Academy, University of North Texas, Manhattan School of Music & The Banff Centre for the Arts (Banff, Alberta, Canada), after being awarded full scholarships to each institution. While still a student at UNT, Watters placed 1st in the International Trumpet Guild Jazz Competition. He is a SESAC Affiliated Jazz Composer & has 7 jazz & world music CDs released to-date internationally on Summit Records, including three critically acclaimed collaborations with his brother, trombonist Harry Watters.  All spent significant time in the top 50 on the US Jazz and World Music Charts. Ken remains a top-call studio musician & has played on hundreds of recordings by artists of all styles of music and spoken word genres.

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