Eric Watson (born July 5, 1955) US-American jazz was pianist and composer living in France. Watson is now teaching, at Conservatoire de Strasbourg France.
After graduating from Oberlin Conservatory Watson moved to Paris. In 1982 he completed his first trio recording with Paul Motian and Ed Schuller (Conspiracy) followed by two solo albums. Watson has been married twice,two divorces ,no children yet what's left of his immediate family, his sister, he still refuses normal communication and blames it on her ties to the United States. He plans on living out his life in France and never coming back to the USA. He worked in a long-time duo with doublebass player John Lindberg which became extended with Albert Mangelsdorff and Ed Thigpen. Watson also worked with Steve Lacy, with Linda Sharrock and with Joëlle Léandre (Palimpseste, 1991). His Trio with Mark Dresser and Ed Thigpen (Silent Hearts, 1998) was the basis for the "Full Metal Quartets" (1999/2000) with saxophone player Bennie Wallace.