Julius Watkins Leader Entry
by Michael Fitzgerald

Generated on Sun, Oct 02, 2011


Date: August 8, 1954
Location: Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ
Label: Blue Note

Julius Watkins (ldr), Frank Foster (ts), Julius Watkins (frh), Perry Lopez (g), George Butcher (p), Oscar Pettiford (b), Kenny Clarke (d)

a. tk 3    Linda Delia - 5:18  (George Butcher)
b. tk 6    Perpetuation - 5:06  (Julius Watkins)
c. tk 7    I Have Known - 4:25  (Gene Morgan, Julius Watkins)
d. tk 8    Leete - 4:50  (Julius Watkins)
All titles on:      Blue Note LP 10": BLP 5053 — Julius Watkins Sextet   
     Blue Note CD: 7243 4 95749 2 2 — Julius Watkins Sextet Volumes 1 & 2   (1998)

George Butcher (p) on a-b, d.


Date: March 20, 1955
Location: Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ
Label: Blue Note

Julius Watkins (ldr), Hank Mobley (ts), Julius Watkins (frh), Perry Lopez (g), Duke Jordan (p), Oscar Pettiford (b), Art Blakey (d)

a. tk 4    B And B - 4:57  (Bennie Harris)
b. tk 6    Garden Delights - 4:43  (Julius Watkins)
c. tk 11    Jordu - 4:44  (Irving 'Duke' Jordan)
d. tk 13    Julie Ann - 3:32  (Gene Morgan, Julius Watkins)
e. tk 15    Sparkling Burgundy - 4:15  (Julius Watkins)
All titles on:      Blue Note LP 10": BLP 5064 — Julius Watkins Sextet Volume Two   
     Blue Note CD: 7243 4 95749 2 2 — Julius Watkins Sextet Volumes 1 & 2   (1998)

Hank Mobley (ts) on a-c, e; Perry Lopez (g) on b, d-e.


Date: June 1956
Location: New York City
Label: Dawn

Charlie Rouse, Julius Watkins (ldr), Charlie Rouse (ts), Julius Watkins (frh), Gildo Mahones (p), Paul West (b), Arthur Taylor (d)

a. a-01    Dancing On The Ceiling - 2:25  (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)
b. a-02    Legend - 3:17  (Gildo Mahones)
c. a-03    Temptation - 3:56  (Nacio Herb Brown, Arthur Freed)
d. a-04    Episode - 2:04  (Julius Watkins)
e. a-05    Dancing In The Dark - 2:05  (Arthur Schwartz, Howard Dietz)
f. a-06    Goodbye - 3:40  (Gordon Jenkins)
All titles on:      Dawn LP 12": DLP 1101 — Jazzville '56, vol. 1   
     Biograph CD: BCD 134/135 — Les Jazz Modes: The Rare Dawn Sessions   (1995)
     Blue Moon CD: DCD 104 — Les Jazz Modes   (1998)

Group known as Les Jazz Modes.


Date: June 12, 1956
Location: New York City
Label: Dawn

Charlie Rouse, Julius Watkins (ldr), Charlie Rouse (ts), Julius Watkins (frh), Gildo Mahones (p), Paul Chambers, Oscar Pettiford (b), Ron Jefferson (d), Janet Putnam (hrp), Eileen Gilbert (v)

a. a-01    Town And Country - 4:12  (Varon)
     Dawn LP 12": DLP 1108 — Les Jazz Modes   
     Biograph CD: BCD 134/135 — Les Jazz Modes: The Rare Dawn Sessions   (1995)
b. a-02    When The Blues Come On - 4:15  (Al Cohn, Charles Isaiah Darwin)
     Dawn LP 12": DLP 1123 — Critics' Choice   (1957)
     Dawn LP 12": DLP 1108 — Les Jazz Modes   
     Biograph CD: BCD 134/135 — Les Jazz Modes: The Rare Dawn Sessions   (1995)
c. a-03    Blue Modes - 4:30  (Julius Watkins)
     Dawn LP 12": DLP 1108 — Les Jazz Modes   
     Biograph CD: BCD 134/135 — Les Jazz Modes: The Rare Dawn Sessions   (1995)
d. a-04    You Are Too Beautiful - 3:40  (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)
     Dawn LP 12": DLP 1108 — Les Jazz Modes   
     Biograph CD: BCD 134/135 — Les Jazz Modes: The Rare Dawn Sessions   (1995)
e. a-05    So Far - 2:54  (Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II)
     Dawn LP 12": DLP 1108 — Les Jazz Modes   
     Biograph CD: BCD 134/135 — Les Jazz Modes: The Rare Dawn Sessions   (1995)
f. b-01    Idle Evening - 4:14  (Julius Watkins)
     Dawn LP 12": DLP 1108 — Les Jazz Modes   
     Biograph CD: BCD 134/135 — Les Jazz Modes: The Rare Dawn Sessions   (1995)
g. b-02    Garden Delights - 5:26  (Julius Watkins)
     Dawn LP 12": DLP 1108 — Les Jazz Modes   
     Biograph CD: BCD 134/135 — Les Jazz Modes: The Rare Dawn Sessions   (1995)
h. b-03    Strange Tale - 4:28  (Julius Watkins)
     Dawn LP 12": DLP 1108 — Les Jazz Modes   
     Biograph CD: BCD 134/135 — Les Jazz Modes: The Rare Dawn Sessions   (1995)
i. b-04    Two Songs - 3:11  (Julius Watkins)
     Dawn LP 12": DLP 1108 — Les Jazz Modes   
     Biograph CD: BCD 134/135 — Les Jazz Modes: The Rare Dawn Sessions   (1995)
j.     Stallion - 3:04  (Gildo Mahones)
     Jazztone LP 12": J 1245 — Modern Jazz Festival   
All titles on:      Blue Moon CD: DCD 104 — Les Jazz Modes   (1998)

Paul Chambers (b) on a-d, g, i-j; Oscar Pettiford (b) on e-f, h; Janet Putnam (hrp) on b, d, g; Eileen Gilbert (v) on b, f-h.

Group known as Les Jazz Modes.

f-i form the Jazz Garden Suite.


Date: December 4, 1956
Location: New York City
Label: Dawn

Charlie Rouse, Julius Watkins (ldr), Charlie Rouse (ts), Julius Watkins (frh), Gildo Mahones (p), Martin Rivera (b), Ron Jefferson (d), Francisco 'Chino' Pozo (bgo), Eileen Gilbert (v)

a.     Baubles, Bangles And Beads - 2:44  (George 'Chet' Forrest, Robert Craig Wright)
     Dawn LP 12": DLP 1117 — Mood In Scarlet   
     Seeco LP 12": CELP 466 — Smart Jazz For The Smart Set   
     Biograph CD: BCD 134/135 — Les Jazz Modes: The Rare Dawn Sessions   (1995)
b.     Autumn Leaves [aka Les Feuilles Mortes] - 5:18  (Joseph Kosma, Jacques Prevert, Johnny Mercer)
     Dawn LP 12": DLP 1117 — Mood In Scarlet   
     Seeco LP 12": CELP 466 — Smart Jazz For The Smart Set   
     Biograph CD: BCD 134/135 — Les Jazz Modes: The Rare Dawn Sessions   (1995)
c.     The Golden Chariot - 2:44  (Gildo Mahones)
     Dawn LP 12": DLP 1117 — Mood In Scarlet   
     Seeco LP 12": CELP 466 — Smart Jazz For The Smart Set   
     Biograph CD: BCD 134/135 — Les Jazz Modes: The Rare Dawn Sessions   (1995)
d.     Let's Try - 3:17  (Charles Isaiah Darwin, Paulette Girard)
     Dawn LP 12": DLP 1117 — Mood In Scarlet   
     Seeco LP 12": CELP 466 — Smart Jazz For The Smart Set   
     Biograph CD: BCD 134/135 — Les Jazz Modes: The Rare Dawn Sessions   (1995)
e.     Bohemia - 3:24  (Ed Smollett, Charles E. Shirley, Mynell Allen)
     Dawn LP 12": DLP 1117 — Mood In Scarlet   
     Seeco LP 12": CELP 466 — Smart Jazz For The Smart Set   
     Biograph CD: BCD 134/135 — Les Jazz Modes: The Rare Dawn Sessions   (1995)
f.     Catch Her - 2:38  (Julius Watkins)
     Dawn LP 12": DLP 1124 — Jazz For Hi-Fi Lovers   (1956)
     Euphoria LP 12": ELP 199 — Jazz For Hi-Fi Lovers   
     Dawn LP 12": DLP 1117 — Mood In Scarlet   
     Seeco LP 12": CELP 466 — Smart Jazz For The Smart Set   
     Biograph CD: BCD 134/135 — Les Jazz Modes: The Rare Dawn Sessions   (1995)
g.     Hoo-Tai - 6:25  (Julius Watkins)
     Dawn LP 12": DLP 1117 — Mood In Scarlet   
     Seeco LP 12": CELP 466 — Smart Jazz For The Smart Set   
     Biograph CD: BCD 134/135 — Les Jazz Modes: The Rare Dawn Sessions   (1995)
h.     Mood In Scarlet - 4:49  (Julius Watkins)
     Dawn LP 12": DLP 1117 — Mood In Scarlet   
     Seeco LP 12": CELP 466 — Smart Jazz For The Smart Set   
     Biograph CD: BCD 134/135 — Les Jazz Modes: The Rare Dawn Sessions   (1995)
i.     Linda Delia - 4:19  (George Butcher)
     Dawn LP 12": DLP 1117 — Mood In Scarlet   
     Seeco LP 12": CELP 466 — Smart Jazz For The Smart Set   
     Biograph CD: BCD 134/135 — Les Jazz Modes: The Rare Dawn Sessions   (1995)
j.     We Can Talk It Over - 3:21  (Julius Watkins)
     Harmony LP 12": HL 7196 — Modern Jazz Festival   (1959)
k.     I've Got You Under My Skin - 3:21  (Cole Porter)
     Jazztone LP 12": J 1245 — Modern Jazz Festival   
All titles on:      Blue Moon CD: DCD 105 — Mood In Scarlet   (1998)

Francisco 'Chino' Pozo (bgo) on d-e; Eileen Gilbert (v) on g-h.

Group known as Les Jazz Modes.


Date: October 28, 1957
Location: Atlantic Recording Studios, New York City
Label: Atlantic

Charlie Rouse, Julius Watkins (ldr), Charlie Rouse (ts), Julius Watkins (frh), Gildo Mahones (p), Martin Rivera (b), Ron Jefferson (d), Francisco 'Chino' Pozo (bgo), Eileen Gilbert (v)

a. 2787    Glad That I Found You - 2:37  (Julius Watkins)
b. 2788    Blue Flame - 4:02  (Julius Watkins)
c. 2789    Princess - 4:35  (Julius Watkins, Margarita Orelia Benskina)
d. 2790    Knittin' - 6:24  (Charlie Rouse)
All titles on:      Atlantic LP 12": SD 1306 — The Jazz Modes   
     Koch Jazz CD: KOC-CD 8503 — The Jazz Modes   (1999)
     Collectables CD: COL-CD 6946 — The Jazz Modes   (2006)

Eileen Gilbert (v) on a-c.

Group known as The Jazz Modes.

Some sources give date as October 28, 1959 but master numbers support 1957 date.


Date: November 7, 1957
Location: Atlantic Recording Studios, New York City
Label: Atlantic

Charlie Rouse, Julius Watkins (ldr), Charlie Rouse (ts), Julius Watkins (frh), Gildo Mahones (p), Martin Rivera (b), Ron Jefferson (d, tri)

a. 2810    Like A Woman - 2:57  (Frank Loesser) / arr: Julius Watkins
b. 2811    Joey, Joey, Joey - 3:53  (Frank Loesser) / arr: Gildo Mahones
c. 2812    Warm All Over - 4:56  (Frank Loesser) / arr: Gildo Mahones
d. 2813    Somebody, Somewhere - 3:13  (Frank Loesser) / arr: Julius Watkins
All titles on:      Atlantic LP 12": 1280 — The Most Happy Fella   (1958)
     Koch Jazz CD: KOC-CD 8507 — The Most Happy Fella   (1998)

Ron Jefferson (tri) on c-d.

Group known as The Jazz Modes.


Date: November 11, 1957
Location: Atlantic Recording Studios, New York City
Label: Atlantic

Charlie Rouse, Julius Watkins (ldr), Charlie Rouse (ts), Julius Watkins (frh), Gildo Mahones (p), Martin Rivera (b), Ron Jefferson (d), Eileen Gilbert (v)

a. 2826    Standing On The Corner - 3:43  (Frank Loesser) / arr: Julius Watkins
b. 2827    My Heart Is So Full Of You - 3:25  (Frank Loesser) / arr: Julius Watkins
c. 2828    The Most Happy Fella - 3:41  (Frank Loesser) / arr: Gildo Mahones
d. 2829    Don't Cry - 3:07  (Frank Loesser, Dick Smith) / arr: Julius Watkins
e. 2830    Happy To Make Your Acquaintance - 4:27  (Frank Loesser) / arr: Julius Watkins
All titles on:      Atlantic LP 12": 1280 — The Most Happy Fella   (1958)
     Koch Jazz CD: KOC-CD 8507 — The Most Happy Fella   (1998)

Eileen Gilbert (v) on b.

Group known as The Jazz Modes.


Date: ca. June 1958
Location: Atlantic Recording Studios, New York City
Label: Atlantic

Charlie Rouse, Julius Watkins (ldr), Charlie Rouse (ts), Sahib Shihab (bar), Julius Watkins (frh), Gildo Mahones (p), Martin Rivera (b), Jimmy Wormworth (d)

a.     The Oblong - 5:43  (Julius Watkins)
     Atlantic EP 7": ATL-EP 80041 — The Jazz Modes   
b.     1-2-3-4-0 In Syncopation - 3:52  (Julius Watkins, Margarita Orelia Benskina)
c.     Moods In Motion - 5:38  (Julius Watkins)
d.     This 'n' That - 5:28  (Charlie Rouse)
     Atlantic EP 7": ATL-EP 80041 — The Jazz Modes   
All titles on:      Atlantic LP 12": SD 1306 — The Jazz Modes   
     Koch Jazz CD: KOC-CD 8503 — The Jazz Modes   (1999)
     Collectables CD: COL-CD 6946 — The Jazz Modes   (2006)

Group known as The Jazz Modes.

Some sources give recording date as 1959, but this is unlikely. According to The Encyclopedia Of Jazz by Leonard Feather, drummer Ron Jefferson moved to California in May 1958 and Jimmy Wormworth joined The Jazz Modes in June 1958.


Date: July 6, 1958 - afternoon
Location: Newport Jazz Festival - Freebody Park, Newport, RI
Label: [radio broadcast]

Charlie Rouse, Julius Watkins (ldr), Charlie Rouse (ts), Julius Watkins (frh), Gildo Mahones (p), Martin Rivera (b), Jimmy Wormworth (d)

a. 01    Blue Modes  (Julius Watkins)
b. 02    Moods In Motion  (Julius Watkins)
c. 03    Linda Delia  (George Butcher)

Group known as The Jazz Modes.

Voice Of America tapes held by the U.S. Library of Congress. Some sources give date incorrectly as July 7, 1958, but this was a Sunday afternoon performance.


Date: January 1962
Location: New York City
Label: Mercury

Julius Watkins (ldr), Roger 'King' Mozian (t), John Barrows, Jim Buffington, Robert Northern, Gunther Schuller, Julius Watkins (frh), Jay McAllister (tu), Eddie Costa (vib, p), George Duvivier (b), Ray Barretto (cga), Billy Byers (con)

a. 21147 PB4413/PS1803    Home (When Shadows Fall) - 2:57  (Harry Clarkson, Jeff Clarkson, Peter Van Steeden) / arr: Billy Byers
     Philips LP 12": PHS 600-001 — French Horns For My Lady   (1962)
     Philips LP 12": PHM 200-001 — French Horns For My Lady   (1962)
b. 21148 PB4414/PS1804    I'm A Fool To Want You - 3:00  (J. S. Herron, Frank Sinatra, Jack Wolf) / arr: Billy Byers
     Philips LP 12": PHS 600-001 — French Horns For My Lady   (1962)
     Philips LP 12": PHM 200-001 — French Horns For My Lady   (1962)
c. 21149 (PS1805)   alt The Boy Next Door  (Ralph Blane, Hugh Martin) / arr: Billy Byers
d. 21150 (PS1806)   alt Mood Indigo  (Duke Ellington, Barney Bigard, Irving Mills) / arr: Billy Byers

Unknown ww and d present.


Date: January 1962
Location: New York City
Label: Mercury

Julius Watkins (ldr), Roger 'King' Mozian (t), John Barrows, Jim Buffington, Robert Northern, Gunther Schuller, Julius Watkins (frh), Jay McAllister (tu), Eddie Costa (vib, p), George Duvivier (b), Ray Barretto (cga), Martha Flowers (v), Billy Byers (con)

a. 21159 PB4417/PS1814    September Song - 2:52  (Kurt Weill, Maxwell Anderson) / arr: Billy Byers
b. 21160 PB4419/PS1807    Nuages - 3:42  (Django Reinhardt) / arr: Billy Byers
c. 21161 PB4416/PS1808    Clair De Lune - 2:56  (Claude Debussy) / arr: Billy Byers
d. 21162 PB4419/PS1809    Catana - 2:55  (Edgar DeLange, Alfred Newman) / arr: Billy Byers
All titles on:      Philips LP 12": PHS 600-001 — French Horns For My Lady   (1962)
     Philips LP 12": PHM 200-001 — French Horns For My Lady   (1962)

Martha Flowers (v) on b, d.

Unknown ww and d present.


Date: January 1962
Location: New York City
Label: Mercury

Julius Watkins (ldr), Roger 'King' Mozian (t), John Barrows, Jim Buffington, Robert Northern, Gunther Schuller, Julius Watkins (frh), Jay McAllister (tu), Eddie Costa (vib, p), George Duvivier (b), Ray Barretto (cga), Billy Byers (con)

a. 21167 PB4420/PS1810    Speak Low - 4:08  (Kurt Weill, Ogden Nash) / arr: Billy Byers
b. 21168 PB4421/PS1811    Temptation - 3:10  (Nacio Herb Brown, Arthur Freed) / arr: Billy Byers
c. 21169 PB4414/PS1812    The Boy Next Door - 3:10  (Ralph Blane, Hugh Martin) / arr: Billy Byers
d. 21170 PB4415/PS1813    Mood Indigo - 3:15  (Duke Ellington, Barney Bigard, Irving Mills) / arr: Billy Byers
All titles on:      Philips LP 12": PHS 600-001 — French Horns For My Lady   (1962)
     Philips LP 12": PHM 200-001 — French Horns For My Lady   (1962)

The Mercury Labels by Michel Ruppli and Ed Novitsky lists two unissued titles from a Julius Watkins session, dated as 1962:

22446 Life, Love, Life
22447 So, So, Do

Composers are unknown and no other details are given.


Date: February 22, 1962
Location: New York City
Label: Mercury

Julius Watkins (ldr), Julius Watkins (frh), Gildo Mahones (p)

a. 24069 (PB6318)    Hi-Fly  (Randy Weston)
b. 24070 (PB6319)    Joy Spring  (Clifford Brown)
c. 24072 (PB6321)    Sapphire  (Gildo Mahones)

The Mercury Labels by Michel Ruppli and Ed Novitsky lists one additional unissued title from this session:

24071 (PB6320) Number One

Composer is unknown and no other details are given. Additional personnel unknown.

Presence of Mahones is speculative based on the performance of his composition.


Date: March 9, 1962
Location: New York City
Label: Mercury

Julius Watkins (ldr), Julius Watkins (frh)

a. 24362 (PB7018?)    Julius  (Ernie Wilkins)
b. 24363 (PB7019?)    Laura  (David Raksin, Johnny Mercer)
c. 24364 (PB7020?)    Teenie's Blues  (Oliver Nelson)
d. 24399    Bye Bye Blackbird  (Mort Dixon, Ray Henderson)

The Mercury Labels by Michel Ruppli and Ed Novitsky lists one additional unissued title from this session:

24361 (PB7017?) No. 2 (from Suite)

Composers (including all above) are unknown and no other details are given. Additional personnel unknown.