Cleveland Watkiss(1959-), Jazz singer and musician
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London-born virtuoso vocalist, actor and composer; 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. He was one of the co-founders of the vastly influential Jazz Warriors big band and his vocals appear on their debut album, Out of Many People. He has performed with numerous artists from around the globe including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Bob Dylan, Keith Richards, Robbie Williams, Talvin Singh, Bjork, and Pete Townshend. Julian Joseph cast him in lead role of two groundbreaking Jazz operas, Bridgetower and Shadowball, two cutting-edge Jazz operas that received much critical acclaim.