JACKSONVILLE, FL (WTLV/NBC) - Almost as sure a bet as the incoming tide, Joe Watts sets up at Metro Park to breathe a little life into Jacksonville mornings through his music.
"It's kind of my meditation, it sets up my entire day," Watts said. "Everything is awakening, there's a lot of energy in the morning."
The jazz artist usually takes his pick keyboard or a trumpet. But for Thursday morning, he brought his trombone along to get the day started.
His spot under the overpass has the perfect acoustics, as well as the perfect neighbor for a hardcore Jaguars fan. EverBank Field is within earshot of where he sets up.
"Some of the guys wave as they come in while I play," he said.
Watts grew up in Jacksonville and studied music at the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University and Florida State University. His musical education set the foundation for a career that took him all over the world, writing and playing music overseas for 12 years.
But his family brought him back to the place he started.
"I came back home. I'm an only child, my relatives got a little bit ill, so I came back to see about them and have been here ever since," Watts said.
Now he spends nights playing with his band, days writing music and his mornings playing Jacksonville's wake up call.
"I've got the river over here, the stadium over there, got some of the wildlife," Watts explained. "It's way cool. I couldn't ask for anything better."
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