FMU Artists Series – The Steve Watson Trio

The Steve Watson Trio:  Steve Watson, guitar; Ian Braccitta, bass; and Rick Dilling, drums   With Guest Artist, Wendy Jones, vocals

Will perform 7:30pm, Thursday, March 8, 2018,

Kassab Recital Hall, Hyman Fine Arts Center at Francis Marion University

Steve Watson  has performed all over the world.  He was a member of The University of Miami Concert Jazz Band that toured Switzerland, Cyprus, Syria, Jordan, Egypt, and Tunisia.  From 1978 through1984 Steve was a member of The Bruce Hornsby Band.  After moving to Los Angeles, he became a studio guitarist for television, movies and records.


Steve Watson graduated from Newberry College with a BA in 1974 and The University of Miami (Coral Gables) with a MM in 1977. Steve was an adjunct professor at The University of Southern California from 1981-1990 and lecturer at The University of Miami from 1977-1978. Steve is President of WatsonWood Music, Inc., Director of Jazz Studies at The Fine Arts Center, an art magnet high school in Greenville, and is an adjunct professor at Furman University.


A native of Westchester County in New York, Ian Bracchitta performs as a bassist in the classical, jazz and popular idioms. He has performed with Dianne Schuur, Kevin Mahogany, Hod O’Brien, Chris Vadalla, John Stowell, The Nelson Riddle and Cab Calloway Orchestras.


He received a Bachelor of Music Performance degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, studied jazz at the Berklee College of Music in Boston and attended the Westchester Conservatory during High School. He is on the adjunct faculties of the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities, Furman University, University of North Carolina-Asheville, Clemson University and Converse College.


Rick Dilling received his B.S. at Appalachian State University. He has performed with Herb Ellis, Phil Woods, Clark Terry, Ron McCroby, Margarette Whiting, and the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra. Rick is a member of the Todd Wright Quartet, the Wendy Jones Quartet, the Michael Jefery Steven Trio , the Asheville Jazz Orchestra and works freelance in the western NC and SC region. He has been a member of the jazz faculty at Appalachian State University for over 30 years.


Wendy Jones received a B.M. and an M.M. in vocal Performance from Appalachian State University and then joined the voice faculty there where she taught for 8 years before embarking on a full time, professional singing/acting career. She consistently receives accolades for her energetic and distinctive performances of gypsy jazz, jazz standards, modern jazz, and original jazz.


In addition to singing with her own jazz quartet, she is also the featured vocalist with the Asheville Jazz Orchestra, the Michael Jefry Stevens Trio, The Steve Watson Trio, and the Richard Shulman Quartet.