LNMC: Ernie Watts & Pete Christlieb Sax-Duel-Tonight Show '83

Ernie Watts and Pete Christlieb play a dueling tenor sax jam-fest Live on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson back in 1983


I was watching Johnny Carson one night back in the good old 80's and out of the blue they featured their Big Band in a battle of the tenor saxophones. Standing out front and leading the charge was Ernie Watts and Pete Christlieb. It knocked my socks off. I'm not sure if this was the actual segment or not, but I'm glad it's posted so we can all enjoy that memorable band which featured some truly great musicians.

The Tonight Show Band is the house band which plays on the American television variety show, The Tonight Show. From 1962 to the 1990s, during the years the show was known as The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, the band was a 17-piece Big Band, and was an important outlet for jazz on American television. During the Carson era, the band was always billed as "The NBC Orchestra" (not to be confused with the NBC Symphony Orchestra) and sometimes "Doc Severinsen and the NBC Orchestra".

Jazz in all its forms is America's great donation to the music of the world. Please support it whenever you can.

Calling this jam a battle is Check out Ernie Watts website here.

Check Pete Christlieb's site here.

These two jazz icons are not to be missed. Ernie Watts has a new album out this year.

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