Bijon Watson’s career as a musician and educator spans more than 25 years and has taken him around the globe to perform for audiences worldwide. Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Bijon began playing the trumpet at the age of 8. He attended the New England Conservatory of Music Preparatory School, and the University of Southern California, and was a member of the 1994 Disney All-American College Band and 1995 Disney/Grammy All-American College Jazz Band. Bijon’s recording and/or live performance and touring credits are vast and the short list includes iconic artists such as Natalie Cole, Michael Bublé, Justin Timberlake, Harry Connick, Jr., Diana Krall, Michael Jackson, Arturo Sandoval, Lady Gaga, Mariah Carey, Joe Williams, Queen Latifah, Earth, Wind & Fire, Stevie Wonder, Nicholas Payton, Rosemary Clooney, Steve Tyrell, Eric Benét, Jamiroquai, Prince, Barbara Morrison, Dianne Reeves, Nancy Wilson, Alicia Keys, Chaka Khan, Luis Miguel, The Temptations, and Gladys Knight. As a classically trained musician, Bijon has had the opportunity to perform as a guest with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, the Los Angeles Opera, the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, the San Diego Symphony, and the San Francisco Symphony.
Led by versatile trumpeter Bijon Watson, the Latin Jazz Syndicate was formed in 2005 as a musical project meant to explore the fusion of Latin and World rhythms with the vast collection of jazz standards performed in America. The collaboration was a huge success! The group pays homage to America’s indigenous music: jazz; while maintaining the rhythmic and harmonic authenticity required of the various ethnic styles. The Latin Jazz Syndicate features an all-star group of musicians that have performed or recorded with artists such as Tito Puente, The jazz On The Latin Side All-Stars, Luis Miguel, Dave Valentin, Poncho Sanchez, and Tito Nieves to name a few. The group’s infectious rhythms and boundless energy are showcased in its repertoire of contemporary arrangements and captivating original tunes. A key element to the group’s success is keyboardist-arranger-composer Carlos Ordiano. Carlos has worked with Bijon on several projects for more than 12 years, and without Carlos’ fresh approach, innovative stylings, and authentic re-creation, the Latin Jazz Syndicate would not receive the extraordinary reception it has today. The Latin Jazz Syndicate’s unique sonic flavors, along with the ensemble’s dedication to performing with unsurpassed passion and energy, combine to create an unforgettable musical experience.