Composer-in-Residence - NYJO
In 2019, I had a wonderful experience as the composer in residence with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra. It gave me the opportunity to write a stack of arrangements and compositions for one of the best big bands in the country. We recorded some of these at Air Studios in September and it was a real treat to direct NYJO at Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club in January.
The Charlie Bates Sextet
I have recently started a new project with a brand new sextet. It features a load of new original music and arrangements. We did our first gig for Birmingham Jazz last month and it was great fun so hopefully many more to come - Stay tuned!
Luke Vice-Coles Trumpet
Josh Schofield Saxophones
Josh Tagg Trombone
Sam Ingvorsen Bass
Jonathan Silk Drums
"This debut big band album is highly commendable. Replete with sophisticated arrangements, moments of sheer delight and exuberant playing from a youthful ensemble, it speaks very well of the state of jazz today in the UK."
Roger Farbey; All About Jazz
I recently had the great pleasure of writing an album of original music for some absolutely awesome musicians in my newly formed big band.
It is available as a physical purchase or download now!
Charlie Bates Composer and Conductor
Percy Pursglove Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Elliot Drew Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Flute
Josh Schofield Alto Saxophone, Clarinet
Sam Craig Tenor Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute
Daniel Spirrett Tenor Saxophone, Clarinet
Vittorio Mura Baritone Saxophone, Bass Clarinet
Nick Dewhurst Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Alex Astbury Trumpet, Flugelhorn
David Tibbitts Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Christos Stylianides Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Richard Foote Trombone
David Sear Trombone
Josh Tagg Trombone
David Hamilton Bass Trombone (Tracks 1, 2 and 3)
Andrew Clennell Bass Trombone (Tracks 4 and 5)
Daniel Kemshell Guitar
Jacky Naylor Piano
Sam Ingvorsen Double Bass
Jonathon Silk Drums
Recorded, Mixed and Mastered by Luke Morrish-Thomas
Photography by Nick Brown
Artwork and Design by Jack Dickerson