Jazz pianist Keith Waters has performed with jazz greats James Moody, Eddie Harris, Bobby Hutcherson, Sheila Jordan, Meredith D'Ambrosio, Dave Liebman, and Chris Connor, playing in venues such as Washington D.C.'s Blues Alley and Kennedy Center, as well as New York's Blue Note and Village Gate. He has recorded and performed throughout the United States, Europe, in South America, and in Russia. In the Denver metropolitan area he performs with Rich Chiaraluce, Ron Miles, Brad Goode, John Gunther, Ken Walker, and many others. His most recent recording, Carolina Tracks (2012), assembled North Carolina's top jazz musicians; its proceeds were used in support of the North Carolina Jazz Scholarship.
Click to listen to Crescent
(Keith Waters, piano; Jim Ketch, trumpet; Steve Haines, bass; Daniel Faust, drums)
Click to listen to Ondine
(Jon Metzger, vibes; Ron Rudkin, flute; Keith Waters, piano; Steve Haines, bass; Daniel Faust, drums)
Click to listen to Denied
(Dave Finucane, tenor saxophone; Scott Sawyer, guitar; Keith Waters, piano; Jason Foureman, bass; Dan Davis, drums)
is Professor of Music at the University of Colorado-Boulder. His book, The Studio Recordings of the Miles Davis Quintet
published by Oxford University Press in 2011. That book has won a Research
in Recorded Jazz Music Award from the Association for Recorded Sound
Collections (ARSC 2012), a New
York City Jazz Record "Best of 2011" Award, the Jazz
Journalist Association's "Best of 2011" Award, the 2011 Steve Larson Award
for Jazz Scholarship (Jazz Interest Group of the Society for Music Theory),
a Kayden Honorable Mention Award (University of Colorado 2012), and was
chosen by Down Beat as
one of its Editor's Picks.
published articles on topics related to jazz improvisation and analysis in
the Journal of Music
Theory Online, Annual
Review of Jazz Studies, Integral, Dutch Journal of Music Theory, Current Musicology,
and Jazz Player.
Together with Henry Martin he is the co-author of Jazz: The First Hundred Years,
now in its third edition, and Essentials
of Jazz: The First Hundred Years, which was awarded the best
first-edition humanities title for 2005 by Thomson Schirmer Publications
(and is now in its second edition). He
also is the author of Rhythmic
and Contrapuntal Structures in the Music of Arthur Honegger(Ashgate
Press), and has presented his research at the Sorbonne (Paris), Amsterdam
Conservatory (Netherlands), Musikhochschule Winterthur/Zurich
(Switzerland), Paul Sacher Foundation (Basel Switzerland), the University
of Melbourne (Australia), New England Conservatory of Music, Emory
University, University of North Texas, Berklee College of Music, and at
national conferences for the Society for Music Theory.
received a PhD in Music Theory from the Eastman School of Music, and a
Masters degree in jazz piano from the New England Conservatory of Music.