Fri, 29 Oct | Howard Assembly Room

Cleveland Watkiss: Great Jamaican Songbook

Multi award-winning vocalist, actor and composer Cleveland Watkiss MBE explores Jamaica’s long history of pioneering musical sounds, from mento through ska, rocksteady and reggae to lovers rock
Cleveland Watkiss: Great Jamaican Songbook

Time & Location

29 Oct, 19:45
Howard Assembly Room, 46 New Briggate, Leeds LS1 6NU, UK

About the Event

Revisit the sounds of Studio One, Coxsone Dodd, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, Delroy Wilson, Ken Booth, Marcia Griffith, Dennis Brown, Gregory Isaacs, and more.

With many strings to his bow including DJ, educator and founder of Black Association for Arts UK, Cleveland Watkiss has collaborated with musical luminaries ranging from Bjork and Bob Dylan to the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the London Community Gospel Choir. Having studied at the London School of Singing and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Cleveland was also one of the co-founders of the vastly influential Jazz Warriors big band, as well as being voted best vocalist for three consecutive years at the Wire/Guardian Jazz Awards.

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