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HOT SHOW - May 19: Corky Siegel & Ernie Watts, Raue Center for the Arts

Raue Center (Crystal Lake)

Corky Siegel & Ernie Watts

Raue Center For The Arts , Crystal Lake, IL

Friday, May 19, 2023

Show: 8:00 PM Doors Open: 7:30 PM

Tickets: $30 / $33 / $37* RaueNOW Member: $21 / $23.10 / $25.90*

*See website for complete performance information


Blues Weekend at Raue Center kicks off with blues legends Corky Siegel and Ernie Watts on Friday, May 19. On Thursday May 18, renowned saxophonist Watts will host a master class workshop.

Corky Siegel is known internationally as one of the world’s great blues harmonica players, blues pianist, singer, and writer of unusual songs, a Chamber Blues progenitor, and sole pioneer/composer of award-winning revolutionary works that weave blues and classical forms together. Corky Siegel has a catalog of recordings on RCA, Vanguard, Alligator, and million-selling blues/classical recordings on the iconic classical label Deutsche Grammophon.

Corky is joined by two-time GRAMMY-Winner, jazz legend, and tenor saxophonist Ernie Watts. Watts is one of the most prolific and versatile saxophone players in music. Winner of two GRAMMY Awards, Watts has been featured on over 500 recordings by artists ranging from Cannonball Adderley to Frank Zappa. For 20 years he played alto saxophone with The Tonight Show Band under the direction of Doc Severinsen. He was a featured soloist on many of Marvin Gaye's albums on Motown during the 1970s, as well as on many other pop and R&B sessions. In 2014, Watts received the prestigious Frankfurt Music Prize given by the city of Frankfurt, Germany. Watts has performed and/or recorded with a long list of who’s who in Jazz including Pat Metheny, Billy Cobham, Kurt Elling, Arturo Sandoval, and Jack DeJohnette to name just a few. His saxophone can be heard on countless television and film scores, and recordings too numerous to list.

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