4th Wednesday of Each Month
Born in the East End of London, virtuoso vocalist, actor and composer. At age 16, he won twice in a local singing talent competition, hosted by "FatMan" of FatMan Sound System (North East London Based Roots, Reggae & Dub Sound System). Cleveland Watkiss studied the voice at the London School of Singing with opera coach Arnold Rose and at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Cleveland was also one of the co-founders of the vastly influential Jazz Warriors big band. His vocals can be heard on their debut album, Out of Many People, which won a video award in Japan. Cleveland was then entered for the Wire/Guardian Jazz Awards and was voted best vocalist for three consecutive years, and was the opening act of choice for two of the worlds greatest female jazz vocalists Cassandra Wilson and Abbey Lincoln. John Fordham, the Guardian music journalist accurately describes Cleveland as "arriving on the scene with a bang". His amazing vocal experiences have seen him perform with many diverse artists from around the world such as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Dusseldorf Symphony Orchestra, Wynton Marsalis, Bob Dylan, Jackie Mittoo, Keith Richards, the James Taylor Quartet, Art Blakey, Sly & Robbie, Abdullah Ibrahim, Stevie Wonder, Patife, the Liepaja Symphony Orchestra, Nigel Kennedy, Carlinhos Brown, Robbie Williams, Joe Cocker, The Who, Branford Marsalis, George Martin, Julian Joseph, Bocato Big Band, Lisa Stansfield, Courtney Pine, Janet Kay, Maxi Priest, Soul II Soul, the London Chamber Orchestra, Kassa Mady, the BBC Orchestra, Goldie, Cassandra Wilson, the Kenny Wheeler Big Band, Sugar Minot, Talvin Singh, Bjork, Pete Townshend, the London Community Gospel Choir [LCGC] and many many more. Cleveland is also a very keen music educator, working as a voice instructor at workshops in venues, schools, colleges and universities around the UK. He also designed the vocal curriculum for BA students at The Weekend Arts College [WAC] in North London, and is a regular facilitator and voice coach for the Artist Development Programme [ADP] at the Hackney Empire Theatre in East London. More recently, demonstrating great versatility, Cleveland Watkiss was cast as the starring role in Julian Joseph's two groundbreaking Jazz operas, Bridgetower and Shadowball, to considerable acclaim. Cleveland has and continues to perform in many of the major concert halls, festivals and clubs around the world with his VocalSuite, a solo voice performance, and with his new quartet, CWQ. For his services to music Watkiss was awarded an MBE in the 2018 New Year Honours and received the award directly from the Queen Elizabeth II at the official ceremony in Buckingham Palace
Cleveland Watkiss | October 2023
Cleveland Watkiss back on board with a mixed bag of beats n bpms.
Cleveland Watkiss | August 2023
Cleveland keeps it mellow for the first hour, before jumping into a bag of oldskool dnb and jungle.
Cleveland Watkiss | July 2023
Cleveland Watkiss brought a sultry selection of jazz for the first hour to compliment our rainy grey July, perfect cuppa vibes for a classic British summers day. He stepped up the pace in hour two with his signature DnB selection. Drop him a heart.
Cleveland Watkiss | June 2023
Mr Watkiss strikes again! Another dope trip. Drop him a heart.
Cleveland Watkiss | February 2023
It's never smooth sailing with Cleveland... but it sure is a smooth show!
Cleveland Watkiss | January 2023
Mr Watkiss always bringing vibes. Try catch him live last Wednesday of each month. 16:00 - 18:00 GMT
Cleveland Watkiss | December 2022
It's a wrap, Cleveland's last show of 2022. Drop him a heart if you're feeling the vibes. Great show as always...
Cleveland Watkiss | November 2022
Another beautiful trip from Mr Watkiss. .
Cleveland Watkiss | October 2022
Cleveland brought two hours of VIBES to compliment the wild storm which descended upon us! Fork Lightening and Drum n Bass. What more could you possibly want!
Cleveland Watkiss | September 2022
OG Cleveland Watkiss landed back on board for his monthly show. If you don't know about Mr Watkiss, hit the links below to find out more...
Cleveland Watkiss | Jamaican Independence Day | August 2022
Cleveland joined us for a special show celebrating Jamaican Independence Day 2022.