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The Ivor Novello Award for Innovation recognises a creative innovator. The Academy described Cleveland Watkiss as a pioneer in the universe of sound, a tireless and fearless explorer who always travels his own way. His work in ensembles reveals an insight, and skill as a spontaneous composer sensitive to the conditions that allow creative improvisation to thrive. He is unique globally and in the annals of British Jazz and contemporary music, uncategorisable. Beyond his work as a band leader and vocalist extraordinaire, across jazz, drum ‘n’ bass, reggae and beyond, he continues to help educate others, passing on the wisdom accumulated by his years of trailblazing.

Listen to Cleveland Watkiss’ music on Apple Music

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