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David LeShare Watson

David Watson

David grew up Philadelphia PA, where his musical career started in elementary school singing in talent shows and school concerts.

David was eight year old when he heard Ella Fitzgerald, and what he heard changed his life forever. In school and talent shows about the city, David sang the music of Ella Fitzgerald, Nat Cole and Cab Callaway, The Mills Brothers and The Ink Spots.

Later, at about ten years old, David started developing the art of scatting, which he had heard listening to Ella, Eddie Jefferson, Lambert, Hendricks & Ross, Dizzy, Betty Carter and King Pleasure.  

Always following the jazz scene, David later in life landed a job as a bartender for four years at the World Class Jazz club, "The Showboat Jazz Theater" which was a god sent gift. There he taught himself to play drums and was encouraged by bassist Walter Booker, who was playing with Sonny Rollins and Cannonball, to pursue his love for singing.

Listening to the great singers Frank Sinatra, Nate "King" Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Joe Williams, Jon Hendricks, Eddie Jefferson, King Pleasure and Betty Carter, he pulled a little of each into his singing. Also listening to Miles Davis, Coleman Hawkins, Thelonious Monk, Oscar Peterson, Lester Young, Ben Webster, John Coltrane he learned to phrase, create, and color.

On the the About page you will find a small part of David's over sixty years history of playing and singing Jazz, also a few of the musicians he have played with. Listed also are some of the festival, wineries, and resorts he has played at, TV shows he's appeared on, and reviews about David.

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Home of David L. Watson, and

David Leshare Watson MITV was founded by David Watson 1998, in the city of Sonoma CA. David saw that some great musicians were not getting the breaks and needed to have a label and home base.

In the beginning, five artists plus David were featured on the MITV website, and within six months there were twelve. In addition to the MITV artists, we also offer music from great musicians on independent labels, further adding to our musical offerings. MITV distributes exclusively through the internet and word of mouth.

Compact Discs by these and all MITV artists may be purchased on-line through our fully encrypted, safe, secure shopping cart system using your Visa or Master Card and recently newly added Square card service.

MITV also sell the finest music Books available (Sher Music Co. Music Books) for jazz, latin and instruction books for beginners and professionals, plus play-along tapes and CD's.

Please enjoy browsing around our site!

David's TV Appearances

"So What" sung by David Watson

"You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To" sung by Alyssa Schwary

"Early Autumn" sung by Alyssa Schwary

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Music in the Vines, 111 Northridge Dr. , Ridgefield, WA 98642

February 20, March 6th & 20th - David (The doctor of bebop) Watson at Clydes's Prime Rib - 5474 Sandy Blvd - (No Cover) 2. Re-Birhting The Cool -March 23rd at The Fremont Theater - 2393 NE Fremont Street Portland OR - 7:30 to 10:30 - $13 cover - Reservations (503) 946-1962 3. Rebirthing The Cool - June 8th at Christo’s - 1108 Broadway Street NE - Salem OR - 7:00 to 9:00pm - $15 Cover - Reservations (503) 371-2892 4. Rebirthing The Cool - July 38th - Ridgefield Car Show - Simon Street N and 3rd no cover.

David's Upcoming Events

Friday, March 30th

Rebirth of the Cool


4605 Northeast Fremont Street, Portland, OR, 97213

Phone: (503) 477-4453


Thursday, April 19th

Rebirth of the Cool

The 1905

830 N Shaver St, Portland, OR 97227

Phone: (503) 460-3333

7:00 - 10:00pm


Sunday, April 22nd

Rebirth of the Cool

Meals On Wheels

5474 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland OR 97213

Phone: (503) 981-9300


Sunday, April 29th

Sunday Supper Club feat. Swingin' Jazz & Be-bop w/ Rebirthing the Cool

Secret Society

116 NE Russell St. Portland, OR 97212

Phone: (503) 493-3600

7:00 - 10:00pm


Friday, July 27th

Rebirth of the Cool

8th Annual Car Show

122 N. 3rd Ave, Ridgefield WA


Sunday, July 29th

Rebirth of the Cool

Millennium Park

Millennium Plaza Park, 1st and Evergreen, Lake Oswego, OR


Thursday, August 2nd

Rebirth of the Cool

Christo's Pizzeria & Lounge

1108 Broadway St. NE, Salem, OR

Phone: (503) 371-2892

We are doing some of the charts of Gerry Mulligan, Miles Davis & Gil Evans and Dave Pell. Most of what we are playing is the West Coast movement in the period which was around the late 1940s and early 1950s.

This music of Miles Davis, Gil Evans, Gerry Mulligan, Stan Getz, Chet Baker, Shorty Rodgers, Shelly Mann and others helped in cooling down for a minute the Hot Jazz played all over the country in the early 1940s and late 30s.

This was a great time to live in, the music was changing and players were getting their pens out and putting great ideas down on paper, then forming groups to perform their works. The music we are playing is the results of those ideas, plus some ideas of Pete Petersen, Slide Hampton and my own.

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