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On His New Record, Kansas City’s Bobby Watson Plays Tribute to Black Innovators

For jazz saxophonist Bobby Watson, writing songs is easier than it used to be.

“Because I know who I am, and I accept who I am,” Watson told Up to Date host Steve Kraske. “So when I’m writing a song, I’m not really trying to get outside of who I am.”

Watson’s latest album, Made in America, calls attention to African-American innovators in science, sports, and the arts, including jazz guitarist Grant Green; dancer, singer and actor Sammy Davis, Jr.; and actress Butterfly McQueen.

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