Doc Watkins is a pianist and singer based in San Antonio, TX. He is the creator and co-host of the weekly radio program Live at Jazz, TX, which is syndicated through Texas Public Radio.
Watkins is the owner and founder of Jazz, TX, a restaurant and performance venue located in the Historic Pearl Brewery Complex in San Antonio, TX. He performs there weekly with his Orchestra.
In 2020, Watkins hosted and co-produced "The Doc Watkins Show," a live stream television program that ran for 45 episodes during the Covid-19 pandemic. The show featured Watkins and his band, with remote guest appearances from Kevin Eubanks, Jane Monheit, Alan Havey, Brent Barry, Champian Fulton, Jerry Weldon, Mayor Ron Nirenberg and others. The show was awarded "Best Live Stream Experience" by San Antonio Magazine in 2021.
Watkins was born and raised in Oregon and moved to Austin, TX in 2003, where he earned a Master's Degree and PhD in music from the University of Texas. In 2006 he relocated to San Antonio and began performing regularly at local venues on the San Antonio Riverwalk. In January 2014, he performed with his Jazz Trio at New York City's Carnegie Hall. In 2016, Watkins opened his own venue, Jazz, TX, where he performs regularly with his band.
Watkins has performed with Herlin Riley, Kevin Eubanks, Butch Miles, Jim Cullum, Ephraim Owens, Stan Mark, Landau Eugene Murphy Jr, Bijon Watson, Leon Hughes, and Renee Olstead. He resides in San Antonio, TX with his wife Jessica and their four children.