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Kobie Watkins Grouptet

Nov. 30, Sapphire Room

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When Kobie Watkins was a toddler, he started practicing his drumming skills on pots and pans. A few decades later, Watkins has a number of international tours as a jazz drummer, years of teaching and performing experience, the nickname "Swing Master of Chicago" and even a stint in the Walt Disney World American All-Star Band under his belt. After recording with many of the jazz and soul greats, including Sonny Rollins, George Coleman and others, Watkins and his band, The Grouptet, will be performing in the swanky Garden City Sapphire Room on Thursday, Nov. 30 in advance of their first recording, Move Meant (release TBA). The Grouptet is made up of a host of experienced jazz musicians, including bassist Aaron Miller, pianist Justin Nielsen, guitarist Micah Stevens, trumpeter Ryan Nielsen and saxophonist Jonathan Armstrong. Join them to experience their "quest to infect music lovers spiritually, creatively and emotionally" first-hand.