Charlie Watts’s 74th Birthday: Jazz and a Jam Session

Stones drummer Charlie Watts plays at Dakota Jazz Club
The birthday drummer sat in with several Stones sidemen on the song “Ruby Tuesday.”
By Jon Bream JUNE 3, 2015 — 12:08AM

Charlie Watts

…Charlie Watts, the jazz lover, went to the Dakota Jazz Club — even though it was his birthday. And he sat in on one song.

It was the playfully dubbed Band 2 featuring three Stones sidemen — saxophonist/leader Tim Ries, keyboardist Chuck Leavell and singer Bernard Fowler — and several Twin Cities musicians.

Watts watched the hourlong first set from the balcony…, watching intently as his pal, jazz-fusion drummer Steve Smith, sat in on one of the few non-Stones numbers, “Take the Coltrane.”

Watts reappeared at the start of the second set on the drum kit. Ries led the group in a quick “Happy Birthday” to recognize Watts’ 74th. And then it was…“Ruby Tuesday” with one of the world’s great rock drummers. The silver-haired time keeper was understated and steady before ending the song with a little flourish.

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