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Lucious Watters, 19 December 1911, Santa Cruz, California, USA, d. 5 November 1989, Santa Rosa, California, USA. After playing trumpet with several bands, Watters began leading his own combos in the mid-20s and thereafter was rarely out of work. Although his early bands were orientated towards swing and dance music, by the end of the 30s he was more and more dedicated to traditional jazz styles. Inspired by the music of New Orleans, he formed his Yerba Buena Jazz Band with like-minded fellows such as Turk Murphy, Clancy Hayes and Bob Scobey. Watters band proved to be enormously successful; he played to capacity audiences at clubs, concerts and festivals and made numerous albums which sold extremely well. Briefly interrupted by military service, Watters career continued into the early 50s, despite the loss of Murphy and Scobey, who formed their own popular bands. From the 50s onwards Watters chose to follow a career outside music, making only an...