Walter Ray Watson

Walter Ray Watson appears in the following:

On Parliament-Funkadelic And A Less 'Squeaky-Clean Picture' Of Blackness

Friday, June 24, 2016

Parliament showed me that being black has liabilities, but that it's also a powerful gift.


Remembering Ralph Sharon, Tony Bennett's Pianist

Thursday, April 09, 2015

The longtime piano accompanist and musical director accidentally broke the hit "I Left My Heart In San Francisco." But he was also the driving force behind the style Bennett is best known for.


'Through A Lens Darkly': Black Photography Fades Up To Joy

Monday, February 16, 2015

A documentary shares the good and bad of black history through photography.


Rare Silent Film With Black Cast Makes A Century-Late Debut

Saturday, October 25, 2014

A rare, untitled 1913 silent film is the subject of a new exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The exhibit, 100 Years In Post-Production: Resurrecting A Lost Landmark of Black Film History, tells the story behind the silent film's production.

The film features Bert Williams, one ...


Legendary Pianist Horace Silver Dies At 85

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The bandleader and composer shifted the jazz landscape of the 1950s and '60s with his bluesy, funky music. Along the way, he mentored major musicians and devised future jazz standards.


Joining The '63 March, Despite Parents' Racial Biases

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

There would be no last call on the day of the March on Washington, and Manny and Mitzie Landsman had no choice in the matter. Their D.C. shop, Metro Liquors, was closed for business on Aug. 28, 1963, just one of 1,900 businesses ordered by local authorities not to sell, ...


The 'Singing Sound' Of Saxophonist Charles Lloyd

Friday, March 15, 2013

Charles Lloyd has a way of talking that sounds a lot like the notes from his saxophone: full of youthful energy, yet packed with experiences reserved for grownups.

"Look," Lloyd says. "I heard Billie. I heard Dinah, I heard Aretha, Marvin. I ...