b. 1971, London, Britain. Watkis’ early affects on piano included Chick Corea, Expenses Evans, Herbie Hancock, Wynton Kelly, Mulgrew Miller, Bud Powell and McCoy Tyner. He started playing piano appropriately in 1987 and 2 yrs later researched at Berklee University Of Music. Fellow college students there with Harvard College or university with whom he occasionally performed included Antonio Hart, Lalah Hathaway, Joshua Redman and Tag Turner. Back the united kingdom he shortly became an in-demand pianist and composer and in the years since that time spent some time working with musicians citizen in and going to London. Among these have already been Gary Bartz, Kenny Garrett, Eddie Henderson, Tony Kofi, Courtney Pine, Ernest Ranglin, Jean Toussaint and Stanley Turrentine. Watkis was also a founding person in Gary Crosby’s Tomorrow’s Warriors and Nu Troop. His popularity pass on through engagements at leading London locations and travels of the united kingdom. During these travels he also kept workshops at many academic institutions. In 1998 he performed piano and organized for the European tour from the stage present, Dancing & Performing The Blues. Watkis may be the youthful brother of vocalist Cleveland Watkiss as well as the spelling of their surname intentionally varied. He provides continued to function in america, specifically in NEW YORK, which is normally where his 2007 debut was documented with an organization including Darren Barrett (trumpet), Steve Wilson (saxophone) Reuben Rogers (bass) and Lewis Nash (drums) He composes a lot of his repertoire, which include ‘House 17’, ‘Fuchsia Melody’, ‘Second Possibility Encounters’, ‘Summer months Evening Wish’, ‘What IT REALLY IS Was’ and ‘Khadijah’s Tranquility’. Watkis in addition has worked in NY with Winard Harper and Adam Spaulding. Furthermore to his membership and studio function, Watkis in addition has composed and performed for movies, radio and tv. His film function contains De-Lovely (2004), where he followed Natalie Cole and Elvis Costello.