HE’S been described as one of the world’s most outstanding male jazz singers and you can hear him in Huddersfield next week.
Cleveland Watkiss brings his acoustic jazz trio to the Lawrence Batley Theatre on Thursday for a night of standards and original songs.
Hackney-born Cleveland is a British singer whose versatility sees him singing everything from jazz to reggae and rock music. He also plays piano and guitar.
He began his career in the 1970s, performing in local reggae and funk music bands before forming his own band, Alumni, in 1981.
A year later he joined Simon Purcell's Jazz Train and then began touring with Norma Winstone, Kenny Wheeler and John Taylor.
He is probably best known for being the co-founder of the Jazz Warriors along with Courtney Pine.
And to underline his versatility Cleveland has performed throughout his career with the London Community Gospel Choir, has done stints with The Who and undertaken side projects with Pete Townshend.
In the drum and bass genre he formed Project 23 with Marque Gilmore and DJ Le Rouge .
This remarkable performer has also turned his talents to a very different style of performance, taking the title role in Julian Joseph’s jazz opera Bridgetower, based on the life of 18th-century black violinist George Bridgetower.
This year, Cleveland has led workshops on jazz and improvisation as part of Sing Up, a Government-backed scheme ensuring that singing is part of primary education.
He has also chosen by the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games as an Ambassador for the Cultural Olympiad.
The LBT visit is the first date on Cleveland’s autumn tour of the UK. Tickets are available on 01484 430528.