Cleveland Watkiss sings the songs of Gregory Isaacs, Dennis Brown, and Delroy Wilson at Jazzlive at The Crypt on 27th July for a Summer Party vibe! Cleveland Watkiss will be joined by fellow UK greats Orphy Robinson - Vibes, Delroy Murray - Bass, Brandon Murray - Guitars, Dan Barnett - Drums, and David Goode - Keys. It's going to be a party atmosphere with plenty of dancing space so come on down to The Crypt.
" . . before the ingredients of jazz came to New Orleans it made its presence felt in the West Indies. That ingredient, or a major part of it, came with these people who were brought to the West Indies". - Duke Ellington
It is well known that Jamaica has a long history of pioneering musical sounds - from Mento, Ska, Reggae, Dub, Roots and way beyond with many of its internationally celebrated musicians spawning from that great musical institution (The Alpha Boys School) under the tutelage of (The Nun) Sister Mary Ignatius Davis. Record labels and producers like Studio One, CoxOne Dodd, TuffGong, Lee 'Scratch' Perry, and King Tubby were all highly Influential in the development of Jamaican Music along with musicians, singers and performers like Don Drummond, Ernest Ranglin, Barratt Brothers, Jackie Mittoo, Leroy 'Horsemouth' Wallace, Alton Elis, Ken Booth, The Wailers, Millie Small, Marcia Griffith, Dawn Penn, Dennis Brown, Gregory Isaacs, Burnin Spear, Jonny Osbourne and many many others. Many of those named here are also Alpha Boys Alumni.
Cleveland Watkiss, MBE, is a British virtuoso vocalist, actor and composer. He was the winner of the London Jazz Awards for Best Vocalist in 2010 and was voted Wire/Guardian Jazz Awards best vocalist for three consecutive years. In 2017 at the Parliamentary Jazz Awards he received the Jazz Vocalist of the Year award. He was also a nominee of the 2017 MOBO Awards in Best Jazz Act category.
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