J. R. Watkins is a multi-talented musician playing the piano, guitar, saxophone, and flute. He writes his own music and can play by ear. His versatility broadens his ability to flow proficiently when he's performing. Modeling himself after the late Greats such as Charles (Charlie) Parker, Mr. John Coltrane and 'Mister Magic' Grover Washington, Jr., his talents soared. James is a consummate visionary with the heart and passion of the Greats who pioneered before. James R. Watkins has performed in various venues, including the Tower Theater, (Philadelphia, PA), Carnegie Hall (New York City), Sweden, Amsterdam, and Tokyo. Just to name a few. He attended Combs College of Music and Temple University where he honed his musical talents. He has been teaching music, including an array of instruments, for over 15 years.
James recorded four albums: Show Stopper, Renaissance Man, So Tranquilizen, and Music World, on Gramavision. He formed his own band he called " The Band With No Name."
James was offered an album contract which was scheduled to be released in Europe.
The album "Intense," includes " The Band With No Name," whose members include: Dennis Alston on Drums, Shawn Scott Jones on Bass, and Special Guest Performer J.T.