Thin Man Watts Jazz Festival

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Please join us on October 15th, 2016
in downtown DeLand and be part of
Jazz Music History.

Festival Location:
Downtown DeLand, Florida
 Online Sales have closed. Tickets will be sold at the event. If you purchased a ticket online, please bring a printed PayPal receipt and Photo ID with you to be admitted."

Photographer Dr. Bruce Bigman presents a print of his photograph to Jefferson Pendleton, President of the board of directors of the African American Museum of the Arts. See below for shot of the full size print.
Bigman's work was selected by the 2015 "Thin Man" Watts Jazz Fest as the featured artwork for this year's festival.
Acts this year include Larry Coryell, and the Bethune-Cookman University Inspirational Gospel Choir.
This was saxophonist Dayve Stewart playing last year's festival. He was such a hit with the fans we asked him back this year. He will perform October 15 4:00 to 5:30 PM at the Noble "Thin Man" Watts Amphitheater, 322 S. Cleare Avenue. 

The 2016 Festival sponsors:





Jeff & Barb Shepherd 



    Tim Ludwig Clay Art


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Connecting People

The "Thin Man" Watts Jazz Festival brings the community together over a shared heritage in
Jazz Music.

The festival began in 2004 at the South DeLand amphitheater, which was named in honor of Dr. Watts, who died later that year.

In it's revival year in 2011 the festival was expanded to downtown DeLand and was a huge success!

In the coming year, we plan to expand again, with a special event at Stetson University, which bestowed on Noble Watts an honorary doctorate in 2000.

The piece is a 20-by-20 dye sublimation with high-definition printed on aluminum, and it will be auctioned during the festival, which takes place in DeLand Saturday, Oct. 17, to some lucky collector. The auction will be conducted at the Dr. Noble "Thin Man" Watts Amphitheater, 322 S. Clara Ave. at 5:45 p.m. 

This is not just a festival.

The festival honors the lives and works of masters like Watts and Sam Rivers, by providing opportunities for young people to experience this artistic heritage, and to
find the artists within themselves.

This is our heritage in Central Florida. The "Thin Man" Watts Jazz Fest has it's place alongside ZoraFest in Eatonville, and Jazz & Heritage Fest in
New Orleans.

Please join us on October 15th 2016
in downtown DeLand and be part of
Jazz Music History.

Festival Location:
Downtown Deland, Florida


Noble Watts Performing In DeLand In 1994