Charlie Bates

Multi Award-Winning Composer 
Arranger and Orchestrator
Jazz Pianist
Photo: Carl Hyde (Ronnie Scotts)

"There is no doubt Bates has mastered the skills of composing for large forces"

Peter Bacon, Jazzwise

"Impressive and inventive..."

John Fordham, The Guardian

"A True Talent"

Tim Garland

"Silhouettes” is a remarkably mature piece of work from a composer and arranger who is still a graduate student. Bates’ pieces are rich in terms of colour, texture, contrast and dynamics and their creator is well served by the superb playing of a similarly youthful ensemble."

The Jazz Mann

"Teaming with melodic inventiveness"

John Fordham, The Guardian

"Charlie is a gifted pianist who runs an excellent quartet...he has the ability to create very rich and powerful textures that set off Pursglove's solos to great effect."

Tony Dudley-Evans, London Jazz News


Winner of the Ivor Novello Award for Jazz Composition (December 2020)