Watts Shimmura, originally from Japan, graduated from the Musashino School of Music in Tokyo, Japan. He later studied at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, and graduated in 92 with a BA in Performance after studying under Oscar Stagnaro (the bassist for Paquito D'Rivera), John Neves and Walter Beasley.
Since that time Watts has performed and recorded sharing the stage with greats such as John Davidson, Chick Corea, John Blackwell (Prince, Justin Timberlake), Matt Bokulic (Jeff Berlin,Celine Dion),The Surpemes, Bill Vasilev (Arturo Sandoval, Michael Brecker, Celine Dion), Ernest LaRouche (Britney Spears) Al Pahanish Jr (Powerman 5000), Abe Laboriel Jr, (Paul McCartney), Bobby D (Four seasons), Zed McLaron (Stu Hamm) Let's Hangon (Tribute to Frankie Valli), Shawn Mayer (Nashville Star)
Among other appearances, Watts has performed locally in Ann Reinking’s Broadway Theatre Project at the Straz center in Tampa FL for 5 years. He also has been performing in a number of live music productions at Busch Gardens in Tampa FL since 2000 including the International Show, 70’s Show, Safari Jazz Duo, Rock-a-doo-wop, Christmas from the Heart, Let's Get Loud, Motor city Groove and Madagascar live!
On May the 9th 2015, Watts has shared the stage and performed with Sir Paul McCartney with the band Phase 5.
"The Schroeder cabinets produce natural, clean and punchy tone I love. They sound amazing on both electric bass and upright bass. Love the way the bullet tweeter sings when I slap and love the way the woofer sounds when I play some Jamerson style funk/R&B bass lines. When I play my upright, it produces nice, round, warm, woody tone and makes me want to play for hours! (Both pizz and arco) ….Outstanding! And they are so light! Thank you, Jorg :) My cabinets are Mini 8+L, Mini 12+L and 1210PL.”
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