Curtis Watts has performed at over 800 high-end events for celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey, Robert DeNiro, Kanye West, & Matt Damon (see photos.) His decade-long track record of taking private parties and club events to the next level has enabled him to transform bar/bat mitzvahs, weddings, birthday parties, & other private/corporate events throughout Manhattan, Long Island, New Jersey, and beyond the New York tri-state area. Performing alongside either a DJ or band, Curtis can bring an unparalleled energy to your event with his drum set, and by engaging guests with solo hand & stick drums played in the center of the action. Curtis also has a samba band and jazz quartet available for hire.
Curtis is extremely talented and professional. He is the life of every party or event he does. He certainly knows how to show everyone a good time!
Response from Curtis Watts Drums:
Thank you so much Chantal for your heart felt review. I am so happy i was able to make a difference for you and your guest at the Nightclub. I look forward to our next endeavor.
Curtis Watts was the upmost professional and AMAZING VENDOR. Him and his Saxaphonist made our wedding SO much fun! It was the best wedding!!!! Curtis is the ABSOLUTE BEST! There is no other way to put it. His Saxaphonist played live during dinner and Curtis amped the party all night with the drums. Curtis is and he collaborated so nicely with our DJ, photographers, videographers, and all other vendors. Curtis was extremely responsive and if we would give Curtis a thousand stars if we could. The music throughout the night was PERFECT – and Curtis played along to EVERY SINGLE SONG– it was a perfect balance of American, top 40, salsa, merengue, reggaetón, etc. Everyone loved the music and our dancefloor was PACKED at all times. Curtis really made the party come alive. Curtis is reasonable, detail oriented, punctual, and the payment was so easy. Just an overall delight to work with Curtis and I would HIGHLY recommend for not only weddings but for any event. We wish we could relive that night! It was the best night of our lives!
I met Curtis at a party in which he was playing various hand drums. He was fabulous. Although the DJ was great- Curtis's music was the force that kept the party alive. He engaged guests to dance and feel the music. Since then, we have hired him to play at our own party and he did not dissapoint. He puts his all into the planning and performing and creates the energy makes the party happen!
Response from Curtis Watts Drums:
Thank you so much Louann!
I'm from Amsterdam, the Netherlands and organized a party for Dutch entrepreneurs in Manhattan. We asked Curtis to perform at our rooftop party downtown NYC. He is such a wonderfull personality. Making arrangements with him was very easy, he is a true professional and can play just about any kind of music you like. When our sound system broke down, Curtis stepped up and freestyled while drumming away. He litarly saved the party and everybody was raving about it!. I can highly recommend working with him!
Response from Curtis Watts Drums:
Thank you Wendelien for your review!
What to Expect
Curtis brings a standard drum/percussion set up as well as solo hand and stick drums. He alternates between performing with the drum set and wearing the hand/stick drums and circulating around the party interacting with guests as he performs. The drums he wears have an LED light set up to add an extra element of ambiance.
Curtis can play as an accompaniment to a DJ to bring a high energy level to the crowd. If you've hired a band for your event, Curtis can play between their sets with the DJ.
He generally wears all black to private events and can accommodate different requests for attire.
Curtis Watts has been on the music scene in multiple capacities for many years. Being born in Harlem and raised in the South Bronx has given this native New Yorker the opportunity to employ every angle of his experiences and influence to develop one of the most innovative sounds of any composer and drummer in the modern world of today.
Curtis Watts’ credentials extend far beyond the norm, as he has recorded and performed unlimited songs from the Jimi Hendrix catalog for today’s contemporary audience with guitarist Vernon Reid and played drums on Salif Keita’s CD Papa, which won a Grammy award.
He remixed Mick Jagger’s debut single Sweet Thing with Anton Pukshanski on his solo CD. He also remixed Living Coulor’s single with his group SSL (Smokin’ Suckaz wit Logic). Curtis also performed a live duet recording with jazz guitarist Stanley Jordan and drummed on Lloyd Cole’s third CD bad vibes on Capital Records. The songs from the CD PAPA are in the blockbuster movie Ali starring Will Smith. This has gained much respect for Curtis in the motion picture industry. Also added to his credits are music and performances in the movie Street Fighter 2 (the animation movie).
In addition, Curtis had the opportunity to record on Hip Hop artists’ CD’S such as KRS-1 of Boogie Down Productions, Eric B. & Rakim, Large Professor, Todd Ray – producer for Cypress Hill and Santana, De La Soul, Salt & Pepper, Pete Rock & CL Smooth, Kid & Play, EPMD, G. Rap & Polo, Redman, Nasty Nas, Heavy D & the Boyz, D J Red Alert and Busta Rhymes.
As a musician for hire, Curtis Watts has performed as well as shared the stage with Jay Z. Pharell, Stevie Wonder, Santana, Terry Bozio of the Frank Zapper Band, Jaco Pastorius with Delmar Brown, Ozomati, Pharaoh Sanders, Teo Macero – producer for Mile Davis, Roy Ayers, members from the hit group Gypsy kings, Trilok Gurtu , Salif Keita, Hip Hop producer Prince Paul, D J Logic project, Groove Collective, and Ciro Baptista. He's performed as a supporting act for artists including Wyclef Jean, Black Eyed Peas, Kanye West, Ludacris, Robert Randoff, Roots, Common, Julian Marley, Tabib Kweli, Omar and others.
Curtis was also involved with the tap-dance community, drumming for the famous tap dancer Buster Brown in jam sessions at Swing 46 which featured Savion Glover, the late Gregory Hines and Jimmy Slide.
In the world beat music community, Curtis is highly respected and recognized as an accomplished world percussionist & drummer. He has performed with the great African master and mentor, drummer sensation Baba Olatunji, musician/dancer Amadoi Boli, and all of the best west African djembe drummers emigrating to the united States. These greats also include Brazilian artists such as Pe de boi, Katenda, Manhattan Samba group, Samba Novo, and Batucada.
Curtis has also served as founder of BATTERY DRUMLINE and is on its Board of Directors. Directors, Battery Drumline was featured on NY1 News as NEW YORKERS OF THE WEEK all on account of Battery Drumline.
As of today Curtis Watts is currently associated with Sony publishing and independent labels as a songwriter/producer and drummer.
Past Booked Events
|April 21, 2018 • 12:00am - 1:00am||Nightclub Event|
Curtis performs alongside your DJ and performs with excellence to any play list. From R&B to oldies to modern pop hits, Curtis can make any musical genre sound amazing!