"Thin Man" Watts Jazz Fest
February 12, 2012


The Gospel ensemble “L.I.F.E” are a group of singers and musicians that uses their musical talents and gifts to uplift others and show the love of Christ through freedom of expression through music and song . Under the direction of Dee Henry, “L.I.F.E” infuses the traditional sound of gospel with the contemporary style of the latest gospel trends. If you love gospel and just great music as a whole , “L.I.F.E” is a must see experience.

L.I.F.E. Director/keyboard -Dee Henry
Assistant Director-Sharon White
Sopranos-Crystal Denson, Andrea McKinney
Altos-Dawn Johnson-Myles, Nancee Henry, Tiyuni Williams
Tenor-Zach Darcell, Donovan Bruner

The Joe Gilabert Quintet

Joe Gilabert, of Deltona will lead his quintet at the 2022 “Thin Man” Watts Jazz Fest. The Joe Gilabert Quintet featuring Central Florida based sax, and flute player Dan Jordan, will perform a 90 minute set, including classic jazz inspired Gilabert compositions, starting at 5 PM at Cafe DaVinci.


Adam Kornecki Trio

Adam Kornecki trio with Dan Walters and David Weatherspoon was assembled in winter of 2020. The group plays straight-ahead repertoire, vocal standards, and some original compositions in an effort to find their own voice within the rich tradition and legacy of Black American music. The trio plays every Wednesday evening at 31 supper club in Ormond.

Adam Kornecki (piano)
Dan Walters (bass) and David Weatherspoon (drums)

Chicknsoup Ensemble

A brotherhood of creative performing musicians that band together to embrace the freedom of spontaneous improvisation.


Sybil Gage

Sybil Gage and Her Catahoulas will perform 4:00 until 5:30 p.m., at the 2022 event at the Dr. Noble "Thin Man" Watts Amphitheater, 322 S. Clara Ave.

chicknsoup Sybil Gage is shown here performing at the "Thin Man" Watts Jazz Fest.

Hot Club of DeLand

Entertaining at the Abbey Bar will be by a local three piece group called the Hot Club of Deland, which specializes in Gypsy Jazz, Music inspired by Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli, and their groundbreaking ensemble of the late 30s and early 40s, the quintet of the hot Club de France as well as later jazz standards.

hot club The Hot Club of DeLand is comprised of John Raabe, guitar; Eddie Joiner, mandolin; David Lawter, bass. The ensemble plays from 8 until 11 pm.


Sage. is an indie R&B/soul band from Orlando, FL. They take influence from artists like D’Angelo, Steely Dan, and Cosmo Pyke; forming a deep and articulate sound that shines through Dom Gabasan’s raw vocals and swanky guitar, Adam Sage’s fat bass licks, and Ian Matheson’s too-funky rhythms.

Sage. is proudly self-produced, with years of experience in recording, mixing, mastering, and videography held in house. In addition to their own content, the band extends their production expertise to other like-minded individuals via freelance work and live session recordings in their living room.

sage Gabriel-Dominic Gabasan: Guitar - Vocals, Adam Sage: Bass - Vocals, Ian Matheson: Drums, Duncan Kurtz: Keys
You can check out their music, live session recordings, merch, and upcoming shows at https://www.sagetheband.com
Thin Man Watts Jazz Presented by African American Museum of the Arts & MainStreet DeLand Association
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Funding Provided in Part by the Cultural Council of Volusia County