About Chris Watts
Soulful and irresistibly swinging, Midlands-based Chris Watts offers an exhilarating mix of classic vocal jazz and contemporary song that is the ultimate in sophisticated entertainment. A typical evening’s performance might start with some cool cocktail jazz, ideal for creating a relaxed party atmosphere, and then go on to some livelier sets including soul/funk numbers more suitable for dancing. This makes the band ideal for occasions where something more than background jazz but less than a full-blown rock band is required.
The demo tracks here feature Chris in a number of settings - solo vocals/piano; funky duo with sax enhanced with backing tracks, and a quartet with guitar, bass and drums. In all cases, Chris only works with top class professional musicians. Chris's repertoire includes swing, Latin, stylish arrangements of jazz classics, show tunes and funky pop. Chris himself provides the smooth vocals, with phrasing and intonation that shows influences of “Rat Pack”, Harry Connick Junior and Jamie Cullum. The similarity doesn’t end there: just like those last two artists, Chris is also the excellent pianist in the band.
Our quoted price is for a trio of Chris (keyboard/vocals) plus bass and sax, but as can be heard, Chris can appear solo, or in line-ups from duo to quintet. The band have performed at Sheffield’s famous One Eleven Club as well as at numerous private functions including weddings, parties and corporate receptions. They bring full PA and normally play three 45 minute sets. Dress is smart suits or black tie.