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.
Price from: £670
What People Say:
Rachel Richards - parents-in-law's 50th wedding anniversary - Bedfordshire - September 2013
"We could not have asked for more from the Chris Watts Quartet, they were excellent even before, as well as during the event and we would recommend them to anyone. Function Junction's service was also excellent and we have already recommended your services to our friends."
Andy Banfield - wedding reception - Wiltshire - August 2010
"We couldn't fault the service we received from Function Junction - the demo cd and literature were very helpful and well presented. The staff were always really pleasant and helpful too. We've had a lot of nice comments from our guests about the band - it seems the evening was enjoyed very much by all. The band were very friendly and flexible and their performance was everything we had hoped for."
Jennifer Barnes - wedding reception - Northamptonshire - July 2009
"Chris and co were absolutely fantastic and very friendly. They contributed to our wedding being the perfect day it was. Thanks!"
Laura Potterill - wedding reception - Cheshire - August 2008
"Great all round, very good."
Craig Langman - wedding reception - Warwickshire - August 2008
"We could not fault the service we received from both Function Junction and The Chris Watts Quartet. Everybody we dealt with was polite, friendly and went out of their way to help us in any way they could. We would thoroughly recommend them to anybody."
Emma Pritchard - wedding reception - Banbury - May 2007
"Could you please pass on my thanks to the Chris Watts Quartet. They were absolutely fantastic and just what I was hoping for. Many of the wedding guests have said how much they enjoyed the band. They certainly added something extra special to the day. Again many thanks"
Sarah Mason - wedding reception - Northamptonshire - 14 April 2006
"The band were fantastic. Everyone enjoyed their performance and many commented on them. I found Function Junction excellent and I would use you again. I recommend you. Thanks for helping make my day great!"
Laetitia Tillman - wedding reception - Rutland - May 2005
Just a sample from their repertoire to give an idea of the material covered
East Of The Sun
You And The Night And The Music
It Had To Be You
Night And Day
You Stepped Out Of A Dream
The Will Never Be Another You
What A Difference A Day Makes
Are You The One
Devil May Care
New York State Of Mind
I Love Being Here With You
Fly Me To The Moon
Have You Met Miss Jones
Walk Between The Raindrops
I Changed The Rules
Don’t Know Why I Didn’t Come
Body And Soul
The Way You Look Tonight
How Deep Is The Ocean
Stella By Starlight
Don’t Worry Bout A Thing
Across 110 Street
What You Wont Do For Love
Harvest For The World
You Are The Universe
Best Of My Love
Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough
Rock With You
Dream On Dreamer
Blame It On The Boogie
You Might Need Somebody
If I Ain’t Got You
I Love What You Do For Me
You’re The One I Love