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BiographyJohn “JSaxx” Watkins, born in Cleveland Ohio developed his love for music at the early age of 8 listening to his father Rev. John C. Watkins, his uncle Lamar Gaines and his grandfather Charles Pace. Following in his family’s footsteps JSaxx picked up the saxophone and never put it down. Having the opportunity to enroll into the Cleveland School of Arts, allowed JSaxx to expand his knowledge of wind instruments as well as music theory and music production.
Some of JSaxx earlier influences stemmed from local sensations like Russell Thompson, Kenny Legrand and Eddie Baccus, Jr. to National recording artist Cannonball Adderley, John Coltrane, Grover Washington Jr.,Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Everett Harp, Kirk Whalum, Gerald Albright, Cecil Rucker, Eric Gould, Michael Becker, Joshua Redman, Kenny Garrett, David Sandborn, Kenny G, and Thelonius Monk. After leading his band Notes and Sounds and performing at several events as well as TV programs like FOX8 morning show, WKYC Channel 3 Jazz saxophonist and recording artist John “JSaxx” Watkins has launched his solo career.
John “JSaxx” Watkins sound truly represents that common fabric that unifies all music across many mediums, from traditional Jazz to old school R&B, fusion and pop; music that reaches all generations and age groups from both ends of the spectrum. His sound presents a new platform laced with a familiar touch of the old, connecting all genres of music through one unified platform. JSaxx has shared the stage with numerous artists such as the Whispers, GC Cameron, Johnathan Butler and the Temptations. He has also performed at the Black Heritage Festival in Kentucky and a musical production play starring movie actor Leon.
JSaxx landed the cover of Lifestyles Magazine in 2012, In 2013 his debut Jazz single release “In My Soul” which is still currently being aired on 107.3 the Wave. In 2014, John “JSaxx” Watkins showcased the launch of his solo career at the Beachland Ballroom in Cleveland Ohio in front of a sold out crowd. JSaxx released his second single “Acid Rain” the second quarter laying the ground work for an impressive launch to his career. JSaxx performed at the January 2016 NAMM Show in California, JSaxx became an endorser for Dakota Sax saxophone, Theo Wanne Mouth pieces and Legere reeds. In February 2017 JSaxx opened and performed with Jonathan Butler in Los Angeles California. In April 2017 McDonalds featured JSaxx on the Rock Box McDonalds Commercial.
You can catch Jsaxx in various upcoming show, events and concerts. Also his long awaiting second album is scheduled to be released on early Fall 2017. Stay tuned for more from saxophonist John “Jsaxx” Watkins
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Q:What is your internal experience when you feel REALLY connected to the music?
A:Music is my spritual outlet, it is my calm, my outlet to express my deepest feelings!
- Cleveland School of Arts
- Cleveland State University