At first glance, the name Harry Waters might not register as special. But then you learn he’s the son of Pink Floyd bassist and singer/songwriter Roger Waters. The younger Waters performs on keyboards Friday at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise as part of his father’s concert extravaganza The Wall. You can also catch Harry and his jazz quartet at a different sort of show Monday at Revolution Live. He talked to The Miami Herald about the shows and his father’s legacy.
How will the two shows differ?
[Laughs] One will be The Wall and the other will be old-fashioned, old-school jazz. Big difference. And we’ve also brought members of “The Wall” band — they’re gonna do a couple of tunes, and Robbie [Wycoff] the lead vocalist is gonna sing some songs, and I’m gonna play with a pick-up band there as well.
Will we hear some of your original compositions at Revolution?
I will play some. I play primarily standards, but I play some originals as well.
Your dad’s main instrument is the bass, so what led you to the keyboards?
I had piano lessons when I was a kid — I think my parents suggested that I start playing the piano, so I did. And I’ve actually always enjoyed it, so that was that, really.
Who are some of your biggest influences?
Bill Evans, Keith Jarrett, Randy Newman, Bobby Timmons, Tommy Flanagan — those kind of guys.
What led you to become a part of your dad’s band?
He asked me to join in 1999, and I was in a band that I didn’t want to leave, so I didn’t go. And then when that band finished, I said to him maybe next time you can ask me again, and I’ll say yes. So he did.
What does it mean to you to perform with your father onstage?
It’s fantastic — I really enjoy it. It’s amazing, a lot of fun.
How influential was Pink Floyd’s music to your own musical taste?
I grew up listening to that music, and I’ve always loved it, but I don’t think it necessarily influences my music. But it was very important to me when I was growing up, so it’s definitely part of me and probably has formed my music in some way, but not as much as other music — jazz, fusion and heavy rock music.
Any good career advice from your dad?
Work hard [laughs]. No, not really. Do your job well, and that’s it, really. That’s all anyone can do.
Harry Waters performs as part of “Pink Floyd: The Wall” at 8 p.m. Friday at the BankAtlantic Center, 1 Panther Pkwy., Sunrise; Ticketmaster; $45-$199; with the Harry Waters Quartet at 8 p.m. Monday at Revolution Live, 200 W. Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954-727-0950 or www.jointherevolution.net; $20 in advance, $25 day of show.