Cleveland Watkiss - Vocals
Orphy Robinson - Keys
Byron Wallen - Trumpet
Ray Carless – Tenor Sax
Delroy Murray - Bass
Phil Ramacon - Keys
Alan Weekes - Guitars
Carly Robinson - Drums

Singing the songs of Gregory Isaacs, Dennis Brown, Delroy Wilson, and more...

Focussing on Jamaican music and culture, one of the greatest male jazz singers Cleveland Watkiss will be celebrating Jamaica’s long history of pioneering musical sounds at this special gig. An amazing opportunity to hear an “unplugged” version of this major venue show in the Sherling Studio, Cleveland and his all-star 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, 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, Wynton Marsalis, Bob Dylan, Art Blakey, Abdullah Ibrahim, Goldie, George Martin and The Who to the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the BBC Concert Orchestra, Nigel Kennedy Cassandra Wilson, The Kenny Wheeler Birg Band and Bjork. 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, and Best Vocalist, London Jazz Awards 2010.

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