John Watkins, p.k.a. “J Saxx”, was born in Cleveland Ohio. He developed his love for music at the early age
of 8 by listening to his father Rev. John C. Watkins and his uncle Lamar Gaines. Having the opportunity to
enroll into the Cleveland School of Arts, allowed J Saxx to expand his knowledge of wind instruments as
well as music theory and music production.
Some of J Saxx 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