MUSIC

NDR Big Band
Some highlights of a recent production with the famous Hamburg based jazz orchestra!
 

Charlie Bates Remote Big Band!

Blackbird

Stormy Weather

Composed by John Lennon and Paul McCartney

Arranged by Charlie Bates

Vocals - Luca Manning

Solo Sax - Paul Booth

Trumpets - Tom Syson 

Saxes (and Flute)- Tom Smith

Trombones - Tom Dunnett

Bass Trombone - Josh Tagg 

Guitar - Nick Fitch

Keys - Charlie Bates 

Double Bass - Sam Ingvorsen 

Drums - Jonathan Silk  

BV's Choir - Eliza Carrick-Davies, Rosie Bullen, Helena Debono, Darcey Williams, Katy Gaskin, Aimee Fisk, Lufuno Ndou, Emilie Boyd, Becca Wilkins

Audio and Video - Charlie Bates

Composed by H Arlen & T Koeher, Arranged by Charlie Bates

Vocals - Luca Manning

Solo Flugelhorn - Percy Pursglove

Trumpets - Tom Syson 

Saxes - Tom Smith

Trombones - Tom Dunnett

Bass Trombone - Josh Tagg 

Piano - Charlie Bates 

Double Bass - Sam Ingvorsen 

Drums - Jonathan Silk  

Audio and Video - Charlie Bates

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 2020. 

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The Charlie Bates Big Band - Silhouettes

Some recently discovered footage of the debut album 'Silhouettes', recorded back in 2017.

"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
"Impressive and Inventive"
John Fordham ; The Guardian