Lu Watters Biography (Wikipedia)
Lucius Watters (December 19, 1911 in Santa Cruz, California – November 5, 1989 in Santa Rosa, California) was a trumpeter and bandleader of the Yerba Buena Jazz Band.
Watters played trumpet by the age of eleven and had his first work on a cruise ship. He then played with Bob Crosby before deciding to form a Dixieland-style band. He founded the Yerba Buena Jazz Band in 1939 and it became a leading force in the Dixieland revival for the next eleven years, with a small off-period caused by World War II.
Watters, his band, and his bandmates made numerous recordings for Jazz Man Records, Melodisc Records, and Good Time Jazz labels. Personnel during that time included Lu Watters on trumpet or cornet, Bob Scobey on trumpet, Turk Murphy on trombone, Bob Helm on clarinet, Wally Rose on piano, Clancy Hayes on banjo and vocal, Dick Lammi on tuba, and Bill Dart on drums.
In 1950, Watters opened a live music and restaurant venue called Hambone Kelly's, in El Cerrito, California, and live broadcasts were carried by radio statio KLX. Eventually, he broke up the band, and in 1957 he retired from full-time playing.
Lu Watters Tracks