It is well known that Jamaica has a long history of pioneering musical sounds. In his Great Jamaican Songbook, Cleveland Watkiss brings songs to audiences that tell poignant stories about the times and the culture, with that deep and infectious original laid back drum and bass rhythm.
Cleveland and his band will bring to life some of the greatest songs written by Jamaican legends from mento, ska and reggae to dub and roots.
Born in Hackney, London, Cleveland’s parents were from Jamaica and it was Jamaican music that inspired him during his teens:
“I grew up listening to great Jamaican music at home. Artists like Dennis Brown, Jacob Miller, The Wailers, Burning Spear, Delroy Wilson and Gregory Isaacs were a big influence on me as a vocalist. For this tour I wanted to go back to the music I grew up with, have some fun and pay homage to the rich musical heritage of Jamaica and the long line of artists to come out of Jamaican music.”
Cleveland has worked with a wide range of artists over the decades from Stevie Wonder and The Who to the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. He received the MBE in 2018 was nominated for Best Jazz Act, MOBO Awards 2017, was Vocalist of the Year, Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2017 and has been awarded Guardian Jazz Awards Best Vocalist, Best Vocalist, London Jazz Awards 2010.
6 April 2022 7:30PM