Bill Watrous

Adjunct Professor

  • Program:
    Jazz Studies
  • Division:
    Contemporary Music
  • Instrument:


Bill Watrous, adjunct professor, jazz studies, is one of the preeminent trombonists working in the field of jazz today. He has performed with jazz legends including Woody Herman, Roy Eldridge and Count Basie. Throughout his career, he has also been a guest soloist on many albums by other prominent jazz musicians such as Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles and Arturo Sandoval. Mr. Watrous has been voted “Number One Jazz Trombonist” seven years in a row by Downbeat magazine and has won the magazine’s critics’ award twice. In addition to an active schedule of performances at colleges and high schools across the country, he plays in studio groups and has recorded fourteen solo albums. His album, Tiger of San Pedro, was nominated for a Grammy as best performance by a large jazz ensemble. Mr. Watrous’ latest project included his big band playing with the successful jazz-rock group Chicago on their latest album, Night and Day.

Professional experience


  • Mad to the Bone, Stonequake Records, 2004
  • Live in Living Comfort, Stonequake Records, 2004
  • Live at the Blue Note, Half Note, 2000
  • Space Available, Double Time, 1997