funk, ROCK & jazz guitarist
Owen Watt is a young, up-and-coming, funk, rock and jazz guitarist based outside of Toronto. A student of Mike Gauthier (McGill University, UdeM) since the age of 14, he actually received his first taste of the blues while performing live on stage with Texas blues master Andrew "Jr. Boy" Jones at age twelve. Since being prompted that night by Jr. Boy to pursue all types of music, especially Jazz and Latin, Owen has dedicated himself to becoming an integrated artist and performer.
His first rock release, the “Fireflies” EP, features younger brother Graeme on traps and was comprised of 5 songs that the brothers had written together over the previous 15 years. Contemporary jazz and blues guitarist Keith Andrew plays on the title track.
Weeks after the release of Fireflies, Owen headed down to Havana, Cuba to record an Afro-Cuban Jazz Funk album with Blues Hall of Fame member and Cuban Jazz legend Bobby Carcasses. The album, titled "Carlito's Tune" includes Bobby's son Roberto J. Carcasses (Interactivo, George Benson, Wynton Marsalis) on keyboards, the legendary Orlando "Maraca" Valle on flute, Cuban drum master Pehe, and a number of other Cuban musicians on bass, sax and percussion. Carlito's Tune was recorded mixed and mastered by Adalberto Hernández-Grabador, the sound engineer for the legendary band "Irakere".